Up-and-coming Austin act The Eastern Sea has received a steady stream of glowing reviews over the past few years; the band’s tense, moody indie-rock has been compared favorably to everyone from Holopaw and The Mountain Goats to Death Cab for Cutie and Iron and Wine.
â€¨Upon hearing Plague, The Eastern Seaâ€™s first full-length record (set for a June 26 release via WhiteLabBlackLab), it’s easy to understand what all of the buzz is about. The young band boasts a sort of staggering passion and a level of introspective maturity that isnâ€™t usually present in the cookie-cutter indie scene.
â€¨â€œThe music I make isnâ€™t a puzzle,â€ says frontman Matthew Hines on the complexity of Plague. â€œItâ€™s just that it wonâ€™t make any sense to people who havenâ€™t really dealt with hard situations.â€
â€¨Donâ€™t get the wrong idea; the band isnâ€™t all sappy balladry and doom and gloom downerism. On the contrary, the seven-member outfit, which includes two drummers, presents an energetic show marked by booming percussion and auditory â€œscene changes.â€ The Eastern Sea aims to keep things fresh because, according to Hines, the group isn’t setting out to be an ultra-hyped, one-hit-wonder. Instead, it is determined to create something ever-evolving.â€¨
â€œOur music changes naturally, because weâ€™re people,â€ Hines says. â€œ[Bands] strive to come up with a record that Pitchfork will like, but theyâ€™re not putting their focus in the right place; theyâ€™re just along for the ride.â€ Rather than putting their energy into becoming a hit machine, Hines says the members of The Eastern Sea are focused on making lasting art and gaining listeners’ respect.â€¨
â€œThis is something weâ€™re taking on the road with a lot of enthusiasm,â€ says Hines. â€œThis is the beginning of a really long story.â€
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