Eternal Summers

Eternal Summers

Opin, Dumb Waiter, Big Baby

Fri, March 24, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers
"I've never thought too hard about what our albums should sound like before they are written. I just trust instinct to lead the way." That is the philosphy of Nicole Yun of Roanoke, Virginia based noise pop, power rock trio Eternal Summers. And if you haven't heard of Eternal Summers, you'll have a lot of catching up to do. On June 2, 2015, they will release their fourth full-length album "Gold and Stone" due out on their longtime label, Brooklyn based indie, Kanine Records.
Having formed in 2009, Eternal Summers has now been operating as the trio of Nicole Yun, Daniel Cundiff and Jonathan Woods longer then they did as a duo without Jonathan. Long gone are the days of the Roanoke based collective known as the Magic Twig Community that saw the handful of like-minded indie artists working together; but what has grown in place is a band that stands on its own, in the words of All Music, "The kind that other bands will look to for inspiration 20 years later."

With several previous releases, there has already been a lot said about Eternal Summers music. From the crafty minimalism on their debut Silver, to the dream punk sheen on 2012's breakout Correct Behavior, to the guitar driven power on The Drop Beneath, the evolution of Eternal Summers marks a band that embraces both anthemic rock and bittersweet ballads - a band that is grounded in jangle pop but with an added depth that rewards on repeated listens.

Last year's The Drop Beneath marked Eternal Summers first full length created entirely outside Virginia and as Pitchfork noted: "The Drop Beneath is the most pristine sounding thing that Eternal Summers have ever recorded" and "indulges their more anthemic side, and the results are solid." According to Paste Magazine, "Their brand of loose-hanging, guitar driven, hook-filled pop has tightened into a fist."

For Gold and Stone, Eternal Summers returned to the site of last year's well-received The Drop Beneath, Resonate Studios in Austin, TX and back into the very adept hands of engineer and mixer Louie Lino to create an album that ventured beyond the pop immediacy of their previous albums. Nicole says, "On this self-produced album, we wanted to target more lush and radiant textures, some classic rock riffs, some jazzier elements and some full-on punk snarl."

Nicole isn't exactly sure how influence happens, "Whether it creeps in or just bashes you on the head, I think we made it a point to be as open as possible. We love to listen to bands and think about how their albums came together. We were listening to a lot of Blur, early Radiohead, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ryan Adams, Lush, Dinosaur Jr., Cleaners from Venus and Stereolab in the van on tour before writing Gold and Stone." You'll have to give Gold and Stone a spin to see whether you can pick out those influences or even find traces of the early Eternal Summers "dream-punk," but regardless, it's evident Eternal Summers shall not fade.

Eternal Summers never ending tour cycle has seen them play with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Surfer Blood, The Presidents of the United States of America, Cheatahs, We are Scientists, Nada Surf, amongst others. They look forward to presenting Gold and Stone on tour throughout 2015.
Dumb Waiter
Dumb Waiter
Dumb Waiter is a band who writes a jammy, melodic amalgam of math rock, jazz, metal, and punk. The band is comprised of four members who have varying levels of musical education, but have achieved a high level of technical proficiency on their respective instruments. Together they blend a love for heavily distorted tones, melodic complexity, volatile energy, and augmented chord shapes to create "Dumb Waiter". Thumping blast beats and effected bass grooves lay the bottom layer over which spiraling guitar work and free-wheeling sax noises progress and thrive.

What makes Dumb Waiter unique is their obsession with song construction. Each member represents a different pole of musical upbringing, interests and style choices that meet in the middle to form refined chaos. The quartet feeds off their own differences by constantly challenging one another to play faster, more technically proficient, and yet more melodic. On stage, Dumb Waiter has a playful presence that's palpable. They're clearly good friends and close musical compatriots. Song titles like "Cheese Vader," "Wet Brain Boy," and "Yoga Bacon" highlight the band's intrinsic duel between an odd, intellectual sense of humor and dedication to conscious songwriting. Their home base, Richmond, VA, has a thriving music scene where bands are encouraged to collaborate and tour together regardless of genre.

Dumb Waiter's new record is called "Cancel Christmas" and it's due out sometime in 2016. Watch them preview a few gnarly tracks from the upcoming release here on Audiotree Live.
Big Baby
Big Baby
sweet n sour indiepop
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://strangematterrva.com/