The last time that a kaleidoscope of bright colors bounced rhythmically to the beat of Swedish House Mafia's "One," we promised ourselves to never drop a hallucinogenic drug at a music festival again. It was a very bad trip.
But then we started thinking: How would we stomach overproduced electro bangers when an EDM assignment pops up in our inbox and we're swindled into covering the Masquerade Motel or an uhntz-uhntz-ing yacht party?
The answer: EyeParty.
"Our glasses make any light source look like a kaleidoscope," says Samantha Meister, the company's spokesperson. "It's very beautiful."
In a nutshell, EyeParty is a New York City-based company whose diffraction lenses will make you feel like you're on the world's greatest acid trip or an ass-load of Mollies. Best of all, there are no known side effects and it's 100-percent legal!
"We definitely don't promote [drug use] at all," Meister says. "These glasses are for a better visual effect, it just adds to the element. It is like a shot of visual adrenaline, whether you're on anything or not. It's a shot of happiness."
Introduced to the masses last year at New York City's Electric Daisy Carnival, Meister says the EyeParty frames were originally conceived with the EDM scene in mind.
"Porter Robinson put them on last week and was, like, bugging out," Meister says. "And we gave some to Pauly D. He thought they were really cool."
Next month, the EyeParty team will temporarily move its operations to Miami for Winter Music Conference, Miami Music Week, and Ultra Music Festival, offering diffraction lenses to vulnerable beat freaks who're looking for that extra edge.
But don't think these frames are only for kandi kids; EyeParty doesn't discriminate. Meister has worn them at several shows outside of the EDM sphere and says they're just as gnarly.
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Have you ever listened to and/or watched James Taylor live while tripping on EyeParty? Meister has. And she says that while the "light system isn't as powerful" as it is at an electro show, "Carolina on My Mind" never looked better.