(Re)joining us for this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a band that’s been on the show moretimes than any other! We first struck up a friendship with the Roanoke trio Eternal Summers when they were still a duo in 2010. Around then, guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff had just released their debut album, Silver. Not long after, bassist Jonathan Woods joined the fold and Eternal Summers has become one of the most prolific and consistently great bands around. Their newest album, Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying, came out this spring, and we jumped at the chance to have these regulars come back to the studio.
Eternal Summers have written so many shining and delightful dream pop songs over their four albums that it might seem like they have it down to a science. It’s harder to stay positive than the band usually lets on, though — especially in today’s world, with our daily onslaught of bad, concerning, confusing and all around weird news.
Despite the sunny sheen of their songs, Eternal Summers’ forthcoming fifth LP is called Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying…, and “Motionless,” the album’s just-released third single, is a song in the same vein. In frustrated lyrics, vocalist Nicole Yun sings of a feeling of helplessness and asks answerless questions like “How can I change my point of view to what’s true?” At the same time, Eternal Summers give the song the underlying sense of positivity that we all need to keep going. Continue reading →
How does a band return to indie pop when the world is crumbling around them? How does a lyricist who previously related their thoughts in abstract, poetic observations turn to addressing urgent issues and emotions that are impossible to cloud in mystery?
That was the challenge for Roanoke, Virginia power trio Eternal Summers when working on their new album, Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying…, which comes out May 4th on Nevado Music. The band’s new single, “Contenders” — which we’re thrilled to give you a first listen to today — addresses feelings of power versus powerlessness through searing guitar tones and urgent rhythms, with frontwoman Nicole Yun crafting lyrical images of competitions and precipices that leave no doubt where the anxiety is coming from.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Yun delves into the importance of embracing your vulnerabilities; shares the outside-the-box influences seeping into Eternal Summers’ music as she approaches her second decade working with bandmates Daniel Cundiff (drums) and Jonathan Woods (bass); ponders the role music should play in confronting societal troubles; and discusses the solo album she hopes to release later this year.
Read on for more, and give a listen to “Contenders” while you’re at it. Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm ET (right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for another round of the Best of 2015! We’ll hear tracks from notable releases by Panda Bear, Tanlines and Jamie xx, along with a few of our favorite Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session tracks from the year. Check out some of those below. We’ll also hear an encore presentation of our recent guest DJ visit with Jon Wurster, who (along with Tom Scharpling) brings The Best Show to Union Transfer this Sunday night.
Oddisee is a Washington DC based rapper and producer who has done things his own way for years now, and has had plenty of success doing it. On his most recent album, The Good Fight, Oddisee shows off his eclectic mix of soul, jazz, R&B and of course some killer lyrical fire. He will be performing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with The Bul Bey; for more info on the show click here. Continue reading →
Roanoke, Virginia trio Eternal Summers just released an animated music video for their song “The Roses,” using stop-motion animation made out of pieces of cloth, to follow the story of two lonesome archers and their arrows who find each other and fall in love. The song and the video are sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy, especially on this grey weekend. Continue reading →
Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is jam packed with just the stuff you need to make it through your Friday night in one piece. Tune in at 11pm on XPN for, among other fine things, a spotlight on the new album from Philly’s own Creepoid (it’s the next best thing to seeing them at JB’s tonight), plus a few of these fresh tracks in the mix:
Returning to our studios for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session are our friends from Roanoke, VA, Eternal Summers. The trio recently released their fourth full-length album, Gold And Stone, and it’s undoubtedly their best yet. After a few years as a duo, guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff were joined by bassist Jonathan Woods. The band’s sound always bears slight changes from album to album, and Gold And Stone is no different. This session features four live performances of songs from the new record.
It’s been about a year since our friends Eternal Summers released an album, so that must mean it’s time for them to release another album! We’ll be joined yet again by the Roanoke trio on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, as they play songs from their newly released LP, Gold And Stone, live in our studio. Tonight’s full two-hour show also features a spotlight on City Of Quartz, the new solo album from Nick “Diamonds” Thorburn (Islands, The Unicorns). Plus a few of these selections in the mix:
Eternal Summers play Everybody Hits tonight. The Roanoke, Va band will release a new record Gold and Stone next week, the next installment in the band’s run of dream punk / power pop efforts that date back to 2009. You can stream Gold and Stone via The New York Times here and listen to single “Together or Alone” below. More information for tonight’s record release show can be found here.