THESE musicians have stars in their eyes after their debut tunes proved a surprise hit.
Paul Russell, of Mill Hill, and Mel Bell, of Hetton, who form Eurasianeyes, have been shocked to find songs from their first EP are being played on radio stations around the world.
The duo, who have made music together for years, decided to put their synthesised tracks on YouTube, and after attending a Gary Numan concert, took a chance and wrote some lyrics to go with them.
Needing a band name to put to the songs, they settled on Eurasianeyes, taken from one of Mel’s favourite songs by singer Corey Hart.
“That was just over a year ago and it’s been a bit mad since,” said Paul, 44. “We’re just two middle-aged blokes, we didn’t expect anything like this.”
The pair were asked if they would like the 80s-style music to be played on internet radio, and after air time in the Midlands, Essex and even Russia, decided to compile an EP.
“We are shocked,” said Paul, whose daughter Abbie, 21, shot the photographs for the EP cover, and youngest daughter Mollie, 18, modelled for them.
“We just make music in a room in my house so it’s crazy that we’ve been told some of our music is ‘epic.’”
Paul, an accountant, and singer Mel, 48, who is self employed and does work for the British Heart Foundation, said they would like more people on Wearside to listen to their songs.
“We’re getting played down south quite a lot and people down there are getting to know our music,” said Paul.
“It would be nice if local people could get in touch so we could launch it up here in our community.
“We aren’t a One Direction band, we are just two average blokes who put some tunes out there.
“But, people should know that great things can happen.
“It would be nice if we could keep going with this – it’s what we enjoy doing.”
For more information on the band visit, www.eurasianeyes.co.uk.