Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade session features some old friends of ours: the Roanoke band Eternal Summers! Initially forming as a duo, guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff added bassist Jonathan Woods to the lineup a few years ago. With the added low-end came a renewed attitude and approach, heard quite powerfully on the band’s latest album, The Drop Beneath.
Philly art-pop outfit Auctioneer headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Singer and songwriter Craig Hendrix is in the midst of working on a new album – in between his stint playing keyboards in bands like Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night – and gave us a taste of it via the new single “Hard to Believe It,” which you can grab a free download of below. The song has shimmering hooks that our Elisabeth Joyce compared to Kings of Leon, while the beat is a slick krautrock rhythm, nicely balancing the avant and the pop. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
For four years now, Roanoke, VA’s Eternal Summers have been a band on the brink. Their debut record, 2010’s Silver, was a straight-forward collection of guitar and drum-based punk nugs that put the then-duo on the map; their most recent, 2012′s Correct Behavior, saw them expanding to a three-piece and winning blog buzz with shimmering dream pop numbers like the scintillating “Millions.”
They’ve spent the past half-decade touring around the country, playing shows at dive bars and beach bars and some random guy’s house, winning fans with high energy performances and a blustery blend of punk antics tempered with a shoegaze gloss. And as a result, they’re slowly transitioning to one of our very favorite bands making music right now, and a sure pick for 2014’s next breakout act.
This spring, Eternal Summers will release its third LP, The Drop Beneath, on March 4 via Kanine Records. (They’ll play Boot & Saddle one day later.) In advance of its release, we rung up one-half founding duo, singer/guitarist Nicole Yun, to hear more about Drop’s creation. Outside, winter storm Pax raged on, but inside our respective homes felt warm and comfy, as we talked songwriting, DIY, and the best tacos on the road. Read on!
The Key: How are you guys holding up this winter? Is it as bad in Virginia as it is here in Philly?
Nicole Yun: Yeah, it’s snowing nonstop here. We already got 14 inches. But it’s great because I don’t have to work and it’s nice to just have time off. I was telling a friend the other day: when you get used to all of the breaks in November and December with the holidays and you just slide through to January and you have to work straight through, it can be daunting…so it’s nice to have time. I have nothing I need to do, and I can do anything I want.
TK: Do you guys work other than being a band?
NY: I work at a health foods store, but it’s the type of place where I’m around people who were are very supportive of my music…so basically I can go on tour, then come back and do a little work for them.
Daniel (Cardiff, co-founder and drummer) does some teaching; he’s actually really great with elementary school age kids. I think it’s because he has a beard—he has this authority and the kids just respect him.
And Jonathan (Woods, bassist) is in a ton of other bands—he’s a member of Eternal Summers but he also plays with other groups too. So he is definitely living the music life.
TK: So tell me a little bit about the new record, The Drop Beneath. I heard a stream and it sounds a little dreamier, and a little less angular than Correct Behavior. What the writing and recording process like? How was it different writing your second record as a three-piece?
NY: I think the fact that it is our second record as a three-piece means we were more confident this time around. I think Jonathan in particular felt more assertive this time—I think last time he felt a bit more restrained, because we had been a duo and then he just joined as our bass player, and he didn’t want to “ruin” the dynamic. But none of us should feel any restraint at all. We’re a three-piece and we’re going to do whatever we want. (laughs)
As for the songs, some of the songs on this record we had written around the time we were recording Correct Behavior. That first single “Gouge” was actually a reject from Correct Behavior. We were really excited about it then, and wanted to include it. But some of the people who worked on the recording with us were like, no, it’s not ready. And honestly, I think they were right. The original mixes just didn’t sound quite right. And this time, the second time we recorded, it sounded much better, I think because we had been working with it for so long, and we were playing it better, and just had a better vision. So we had a lot of songs like that on the new record, that we were playing on tour for like a year and a half.
Other songs were more recent—there was a batch of songs I wrote around December 2012/January 2013 right before we recorded the record in February 2013…there was a lot of me just sitting down in my room and writing songs and recording them on my phone. Continue reading →
Today, the band released its newest music video for the single “Gouge.” Reminiscent of a psychedelic 60s movie, the video features footage of all three bandmates backed by overlapping footage, set to a brisk tempo and guitar tones reminiscent of 80s Cure and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Check it out below and buy tickets here.
Eternal Summers kick off their east coast tour tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. The power pop trio announced plans for a new LP called The Drop Beneath last week, an album that was a collaboration with fans on the artwork and title. This fourth full-length from the band, set for release on March 4th, follows up last year’s Correct Behavior. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Watch the video for “Millions” below.
Roanoke, VA trio Eternal Summers will be playing in support of their upcoming The Drop Beneath LP when they stop at Kung Fu Necktie on December 17th. The full-length, set for release on March 4th via Kanine Records, follows up last year’s Correct Behavior from the power pop group. The Drop Beneath was an interactive endeavor with fans, as the band invited them to submit ideas for the title and album art. Tickets and information for 21+ show can be found here. Watch the video for “Millions” off of Correct Behavior below.
Eternal Summers start off the show tonight at Union Transfer. The Virginia trio continues to tour in support of its 2012 LP Correct Behaviour, although a new album may be in the works judging by the fact that the shoegazey punk band played several unreleased songs last time they were in Philly. Despite their carefree name, Eternal Summers ventured into some darker waters on Behaviour with vocalist / guitarist Nicole Yun’s scratchy guitar riffs and drummer Daniel Cundiff’s manic beat-keeping, though Yun’s airy vocals keep things untethered on most tracks. Tickets and information for their set tonight with The Presidents of The United States of America and You Scream I Scream can be found here. Below, watch Eternal Summers perform “You Kill” live at MACRoCk 2012.