We won’t shy away from our love for Eternal Summers, especially now that they’ve announced their new LP, Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying. On their latest single, the backbone of the song works over synth guitar lines, with Nicole doing her thing atop the mix. But, what I really love is that they don’t settle for the bread-and-butter pop structures, spinning the song on its head by turning the track into a dreamier realm where vocals still dominate. Some bands just don’t make bad songs, and this is just one of those bands. Look for their new LP on May 4th via Nevado Music.
It’s clearly no secret at this point, ATH has a love affair with Eternal Summers. The pop tunes with that little bit of rawness around the edges creates some truly special moments for the band. As the release date for their new album draws ever closer, let’s get in one more single to preview the material. This one is called “Come Alive”. Enjoy and happy Monday.
Don’t forget to pick up Gold and Stone out June 2nd on Kanine Records.
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It was 4/20 and team ATH braved the pot-laden air in Austin to go check out several great bands playing the Monday night show at Holy Mountain. We got a double headlined deal with Eternal Summers and Turbo Fruits along with Kay Odyssey and Rose Selavy. Indie pop gems, rock and/or roll, surf inflicted pop, we had an evening of subtle sub-genre loving. I chucked the manual focus primes into the camera bag and captured moments.
Brief thoughts and plenty of shots await…
It’s not too often that you get a killer show on a Monday evening, but the line-up over at Holy Mountain tonight is something you absolutely can’t miss. You’ve got Eternal Summers headlining the gig; they’re about to release Gold & Stone, their fourth album, showing their continuous improvement as purveyors of bombastic indiepop. They’ll be joined by Turbo Fruits, a force to reckon on their own. But, I beg you to get their really early? Why? Two of our favorite local acts Kay Odyssey and Rose Selavy will be opening the night, bringing their own pop music to the stage. There’s too few acts playing this sort of music in Austin, so come check out a couple of our best. Doors are at 8 PM and it’ll only cost you $10 to check out four great bands.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Eternal_Summers_-_22Millions22.mp3]
Download: Eternal Summers – Millions [MP3]
Over the last few years, Eternal Summers has become one of those bands that I root for incessantly; I’ll do anything to promote the band and their shows. I even skipped out on seeing the much-hyped Modest Mouse Fun Fest gig to catch them at the GvsB show late in 2014. It was their they announced they’d been working on a new album in our town of Austin, so I’ve been salivating since then, awaiting the arrival of such tunes. “Together Alone” definitely fulfills on the promise of the group, featuring tight angling guitar chords, beautiful harmonies and even an emphatic shouted chorus to really kick you in the face. They’ve titled their new album Gold and Stone; it will be released to my collection on June 2nd by Kanine Records.
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Back in 2012, Eternal Summers made my radar with their wonderful sophomore record, Correct Behavior, as it was one of those that maintained not only the sunny punk-pop that seems to be all the rage these days, but brought sophistication to the genre with its detailed song writing and variety. Such elements made me excited for their next release, and The Drop Beneath far from disappoints.
While the previous album brought a bit of weight and substance to the usually light punk-pop tunes, this album continues to bring the darkness in a controlled manner. Even if you simply take a look at the song titles as well as the album artwork, you can see a streak of sinister cutting through titles like “A Burial,” or in the dark swirling image on the cover. “100” transfers this darkness into their sound quality. While the slightly fuzzy guitar, tinny percussion, and of course Nicole Yun’s sugary vocals make their way back, the mix seems closer to the ground than that of before. The vocals are more of a part of the instrumentation than sitting high above them. Next you have aforementioned “A Burial,” which, forget sunny pop, is a straight up rock’ n ’roll track, with Yun lowering her voice for the verses to build up to a bright chorus. This second song is mature, yet not overly refined, complete with a nicely timed jam session at the close.
Just when you think the band has moved away from their poppier sounding tunes, you come across a track like “Never Enough,” that takes you back to sunshine and warm breezes; the track sounds like a late 80’s pop song, with its driving bass line rocking away and some infectious arcs that will have you singing and dancing along. A new side to Eternal Summers also comes on “Not For This One,” with male vocals and acoustic guitar. The softness of this track serves as a perfectly timed reprieve from the thusfar stony garage rock. Though, the group hasn’t gone completely soft on you; they still manage to build the track up into a jam, albeit gentler.
The Drop Beneath is exactly what its title entails—a drop deeper into the sea of heavier tracks with the occasional surfacing for air in a pop tune. I find it to be an apt sound for this transition from winter to spring, and perhaps later on it will be good for those dog days of summer. Eternal Summers have done it again, why they aren’t a bigger name in the indie-sphere is a mystery to me.
It’s been a great week for Kanine Records so far; they’ve announced to excellent releases surrounding bands Beverly and Eternal Summers (though we knew the latter was coming). But, after spending about 15 listens to this new Eternal Summers track, I’m predicting that the band really breaks out. Their album Correct Behavior was one of my favorites a few years ago; it still gets a steady rotation. Now, they’re up to their same tricks, employing angular guitar chops with hooks that stick in your mind. There’s always an inevitable spirit too, lurking within the songs. This is definitely my most anticipated album coming out; The Drop Beneath hits stores March 4th.
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Here it is. I know you’ll hate it; I know you’ll disagree, but that’s not the point in making an arbitrary list. We here at ATH worked really hard to fit in the tastes of the four of us, and when we decided upon our Top 50, it really boied down to simple math. What albums did we love when they came out? Do we still enjoy spinning those records months later? If they’re in the Top 50, then the asnwer is probably yes. I mean, our Top 2 records came out in January, and still play a vital part in my weekly listening. There’s no disclaimer here. We are who we are, we like what we like, and we hope that’s okay with you. If not, drop us a line and let us know where we went wrong.
With the rest of the ATH crew spread out at shows all over Austin, I stepped in to see Eternal Summers with Bleeding Rainbow and local favorites Rayon Beach Thursday night, which I was more than happy to do.
Read on for thoughts and a few pics from Brian Gray.
|Date||Thursday, September 20th|
|Tickets||$8 from Mohawk|
As if Thursday night couldn’t get any crazier for us folks here in Austin, here’s another show that should be on your radar if you’re not planning on attending the gig we’re sponsoring over at Red 7. Eternal Summers come to town fresh off the release of their latest, Correct Behavior, which is brimming with post-punk hooks and sing-a-long melodies. Their show is definitely going to be a bouncing good time, especially since they’re joined by Bleeding Rainbow, who are just about to release their own album, Yeah Right, in early 2013. Oh, and with local favorites Rayon Beach opening, you’re sure to get your money’s worth.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/03YouKill.mp3]
Download:Eternal Summers – You Kill[MP3]