Phreq faves Eternal Summers mature/totally kill on sophomore record
It was nearly two years ago that we first introduced you to Roanoke, VA’s Eternal Summers, the punk-y, reverb-loving duo whose debut record, Silver, contained some of the year’s best raw jamz. Since then, the band has evolved, transitioning from a duo to a trio (bassist Jonathan Woods came on board last year) and from a straight-forward punk unit to a more nuanced and hard-to-categorize musical force. Their sophomore record Correct Behavior (out next week on Kanine) is a mix of sparkling guitar pop, rowdy post-punk and swirling dream pop—that’s quickly becoming one of 2012’s unexpected faves.
“Being a trio has freed [vocalist + guitarist] Nicole [Yun] up to move and explore things a lot more sonically on the guitar,” explains 1/2 of original pairing, drummer Daniel Cundiff, in an interview with Tunes Into. “When we were a two piece we really thought a lot about minimalism in pop and punk music. I think we both felt vulnerable and upfront. I considered us to have a kind of tiny sound...like a small sharp knife. Now... we are growing as writers and musicians [and] we’re using more color and tonal values.”
Correct Behavior practically explodes with color from the very first notes: opener “Millions” teems with oscillating guitar and Yun’s float-y vocals. “I’ve got to shake the shell and break it into millions!” she exclaims, with the type of passion + fury that—I imagine—inspires office workers across the country to fling their papers into the air with abandon, and burst out the front door. (Or at least that’s how it makes me feel.) Follower “Wonder” is equally fling-able, with a clappy beat and potent lyrics about teen angst and isolation (“what do you do when you don’t belong?...Put your record on, shut the back door”)—while “You Kill” is a layered, dreamy exploration of past love + heartache, Yun’s voice breaking just a little as she cries, “What is it to forget you…always.”