Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on June 15, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

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.

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Zambri

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Airwaves

Airwaves

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Beach Days

Beach Days

Beach Days

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Beach Days

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Bleeding Rainbow

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Eternal Summers

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Eternal Summers

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

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Comments (19)

fat

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 5:54 PM

Reading Hipster

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 6:52 PM

urban outfitters bargain basement

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 8:57 PM

"Magnificent." - Capone, Ain't It Cool News

Posted by Burko | June 16, 2012 12:05 AM

Beach days! More like Vivian girls minus the fun :(

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 1:11 AM

Terrorbird- pulling favors and pushing bad trendy shit for almost ten years now right? Time to get married and get real jobs, guys.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 4:51 AM

^so we can come across miserable and pissy in online forums? gee sounds like fun

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 11:53 AM

great pics

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 1:26 PM

i like asian chix

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 3:32 PM

Hey everybody! Let's look at our hands when we play...cause that is great showmanship and musicianship.

Posted by uh yeah | June 16, 2012 11:50 PM

The only thing more unfortunate than Class Actress' music is her face.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2012 2:39 PM

Bleeding Rainbow were better when they were a duo called Reading Rainbow and still played poppier songs like "Always On My Mind". Sorry, but the hard stuff just isn't working out for them.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 11:51 AM

I wish I could reply to individual posts directly on the posts themselves. Instead I'll do it here.
Like the person who said they like "asian chix?" You are a piece of shit. I'd bet you haven't touched another person, Asian or otherwise, in at least 10 years. Troll.
Class Actress's face? You gaping rectum, instead of creating something and then going out and sharing it with other people you're gonna sit in your shitty little apartment and put up stupid comments making fun other people with a lot more talent than you have.
"Hey everybody look at our hands...blah blah wank" You aren't funny. Why do you type comments? Do yo think anybody wants to read them? I guarantee nobody who read that thought it was clever.
The same thing could be said of all these posts. What a sad bunch of losers you all are. Do you go to shows so you can post shitty things on the internet later? or do you not even go, look at the pictures, and then write shitty things about music you never heard? Please go kill yourselves. The world will be better without you.

Posted by You're all d-bags | July 19, 2012 4:43 PM

^ are you Maya Angelou? That's poetry, baby.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2012 4:49 PM

4:43 first time on the internet?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2012 4:52 PM

"gaping"? that's a little far. Show some class, 4:43.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2012 4:59 PM

4:43 here: My comment may not have been classy, but it was at the level of the discourse throughout the rest of these comments. I'll stand by it. The people who wrote those things are horrible people. Is it stupid to post that on the internet? Of course. Am I screaming into the wind? Obviously. But it made me feel better. What a bunch of fucking losers you all are. There, that made me feel better too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2012 10:22 PM

A good insight and ideas.. I will use it in my article. You’ve obviously spent a lot of time on this. Congratulations!

Posted by jocuri | August 28, 2012 6:32 AM

beautiful music for the win.

Posted by jordon | July 29, 2013 10:58 AM

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