photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers have a come a long way in the last two years. Now a three-piece, the band combine a tense energy, musicianship, and increasingly-skillfull pop smarts into an effortless package. It's new wave in the best sense and you could almost imagine them in between Athletico Spizz 80 and The Go-Gos in Urgh! a Music War. The band's new album, Correct Behavior, is packed with potential singles and we got most of them -- "Millions," "Wonder," and "You Kill" -- last night at Knitting Factory as part of the Kanine Records/Terrorbird showcase at the Northside Festival. Maybe it's because I had been listening to the new album a lot and knew almost every song they played, but Eternal Summers were the best I've seen them...yet.
Eternal Summers will be back in NYC on July 26 for a show at Mercury Lounge (tickets are still available) and will be back again August 12 to play the free afternoon Sound Bites Series (which I curate) at Fulton Stall Market down by South Street Seaport. All Eternal Summers tour dates are listed below.
Before them on the Knit bill were their old freinds Bleeding Rainbow (the two bands shared an early split 7"). In turing from a duo to a four-piece, have become a pretty powerful force themselves, though the harmonies have a little ways to go in matching the instrumantal skills and songwriting which are already there. The vocals got better as the set went on, though, and when Rob and Sarah nailed them, they recalled X by way of early-'90s Sonic Youth.
The rest of the evening was good too: percussive-heavy Zambri slinky and danceable (more than a little Siouxsie in their music); Hollywood, FL's Beach Day make appealing bubblegum garage despite wishing they'd thought harder about coming up with a band name; and Air Waves' aimiable jangle.
Headliner Class Actress packed the room, but I chose sleep. More photos from the night are below.
Eternal Summers - 2012 Tour Dates
06/14 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY
06/15 - Milkboy Philly - Philadelphia, PA
06/16 - Comet Ping Pong - Washington, DC
07/15 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD *
07/16 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC *
07/18 - The Social - Orlando, FL *
07/19 - Respectable Street - West Palm Beach, FL *
07/20 - The Vagabond - Miami, FL *
07/21 - New World Brewery - Tampa, FL
07/22 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA *
07/24 - 123 Pleasamt St. - Morgantown, WV *
07/26 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
07/29 - The Outer Space - Hamden, CT
8/3-8/5 - SappyFest - Sackville, NB
08/10 - Soundlab - Buffalo, NY
08/12 - Fulton Stall Market @ South Street - New York, NY
9/27-9/29 - Pygmalion Festival - Urbana, IL
9/27-9/29 - Midpoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH
* with Crocodiles