“More Than Meets The Eye” is the new Americana-rock track from Kansas City’s Bill Abernathy. A man who spares no punches from his direct lyrics, “More Than Meets The Eye” arrives at a pivotal time in not only American history, but in a particularly poignant year for protest music. Not one to shy away from speaking his own mind, Abernathy has long flexed his folk/Americana muscles in his songs. “More Than Meets The Eye” follows Abernathy’s exceptional arsenal of hits that also includes “Cry Wolf” and “Goodbye Will Never Come Again” grabs the listener’s attention from the get-go in “More Than Meets The Eye”.
As a listener, I needed little convincing I was in for a real special treat when “More Than Meets The Eye” first started. It has this grand feeling, as if you’re staring out over the Grand Canyon in person, a wideness and staring at infinity. Abernathy’s voice is rattled, he’s awaking the ages when he sings when the truths we hold so dear are cast in shadows. His dramatic delivery, matched in emotional triggering only by the pounding, Native American-like drumming circles casts his point over a wide, wide area. Striking an equally powerful cord is the bluesy, hypnotic electric guitar. It’s as if Jimi Hendrix were lending the use of his hands on these fiery guitar licks. I could be mistaken, but the sound of the late 60s protest and social unrest seems to be infused into Abernathy’s guitar work. I felt the presence of Woodstock and moments from the summer of ’68 within the walls of the song. The drums, his most powerful ally, sealed the deal for me. “More Than Meets The Eye” is a great song, no doubt, but it’s the drums that carry the most weight.
In the first verse, Abernathy sings it’s happening around us, so real, so very treasonous. By the second verse, he sings the facts as their reported, through bias so distorted, by those we pay to fabricate illusion, false flag indoctrination. And in the chorus he champions the lines there’s more to this than meets the eye, decisions based on biased lies, determining who lives and dies, whose freedom are lost, whose justice is blind…when leaders mandate sacrifice, when freedom’s lost to compromise…Abernathy presents all of this with the dignity of a modern cowboy, a man that holds nothing back.
Abernathy takes the listener into the journey with a motive that I believe is to make the listener question what is happening in Washington D.C., and the mainstream media. He’s really pinpointing the use of the worth ‘truth’ in his lyrics and listener really starts to look through his lens. This song makes you think. I imagine that Abernathy’s paramount intent, but it’s also a solid groove. On the surface you get the rock realms, and the folk/rock blending. If you dig deeper, this poem put to music is rabidly modern Americana. I do think fans of Jason Isbell and even Sturgill Simpson should gravitate towards Abernathy and his stirring “More Than Meets The Eye”.
by Bethany Page