Hail From: Orange, N.J.
Songs: 'My Father's Eyes'
Sounds Like: Sufjan Stevens, The New Pornographers
In Their Words: "'My Father's Eyes' is definitely drawn from childhood memories of my dad, and yes, his deep-set blue eyes. He used to give me this look when I did something imbecilic -- the look that at once informed me of the stupidity of my actions while reaffirming his undying commitment for me. I wouldn't call it tough love, because he wasn't play-acting or putting it on for a result, he was just being himself. My father has always been a severely compassionate and understanding man. Ultimately this song is an aspiration to be as good a father to my kids as Bart Stamper was (and is) to me, and then opening up the figure to more spiritual applications of the comfort and terror of the idea of an all-knowing, all-loving Creator." -- Vocalist/guitarist Ben Stamper