Daniel Eyes & The Vibes

  • Austin
Grant Season: 
  • 2016
Daniel Eyes & The Vibes


Daniel Eyes & The Vibes is an American rock band based out of Austin, Texas, formed in 2014. Few bands have shot to local glory as quickly as Daniel Eyes & The Vibes, whose debut EP, Sweet Dreaming, was released in January 2016. Riding some intense hype from live shows and early singles, this true rock ‘n roll band has stormed through Austin this year, leading The Austin Chronicle to hail them as having “swagger bigger than the stage, unloading slacker punk energy with tunes that bounce between Eighties Dire Straits and Police, and the rawer garage guitar of Kurt Vile.” During SXSW 2016 the band was also voted #2 Best New Austin Band and #3 Best Performing Rock Band in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards.
The band is comprised of primary vocalist and songwriter, Daniel Eyes, drummer Cruz Crase, bassist Russell Simonson, and guitarist Dylan Stephens. They’ve generated comparison to notable acts such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Rolling Stones. While leaning heavily on older influences, the Vibes’ music also embraces many contemporary elements placing them alongside artists such as Dawes and Kings Of Leon.

The Vibes are 2016 Black Fret nominees and were named Austin Music Foundation’s Artist of The Month this past March. They recently finished their first national tour and have played notable Austin shows including opening for Bob Schneider. The Sweet Dreaming EP was self-produced by the band’s primary vocalist, songwriter, and guitar player, Daniel Eyes, with additional production from, Travis Kennedy (Walk The Moon, Ryan Adams). Grammy Award winner Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Pharrell, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars) mastered the EP. The band is currently working on follow up material.