Eternal Summers

  • Date:2013-05-16
  • Location:Eternal Summers 9pm
  • Venue:with TBA $5 18+

WHAT DO YOU DO when the guitar you wrote all your songs on gets stolen
mid-tour and you’re too practical to run out and jack up your credit?
This might not seem like a major problem for most bands, but when you’re
the sparse duo of Eternal Summers and you are relying on that Parker
Nitefly to compensate for high and low end, you can’t help feeling a bit

After a futile appeal for sponsorship, Nicole Yun experiments with the
Fender Telecaster she has on hand. She recognizes that while it cuts
like a knife and has a gorgeous high range, it is missing that low edge.
Suddenly glad that she and Daniel Cundiff never made a pact to remain
solely a two-piece, they decide it is time to add a bassist. Daniel
says,/”Nicole and I had been bouncing the idea of adding a bassist
around for a year or so because we were writing more complex songs and
it seemed a disservice to the songs not to have the low tonal quality
that a bass would provide.”/Given the recent circumstances, they move
into action.

Luckily for them, they live in the tight knit Magic Twig community of
Roanoke, Virginia. Enter Jonathan Woods, who plays with Daniel in other
bands and is, after all, the one responsible for introducing Nicole to
Daniel. Jonathan is exactly what they need, a fast learner.

Eternal Summers is set to record 17 songs in 2 weeks spending 12 hours a
day at the Magic Twig recording studio. Daniel catches the flu, but
powers through. Nicole is off to Korea and the recordings are sent to
Sune Rose Wagner (the Raveonettes) and Alonzo Vargas in NYC for mixing.

Though apprehensive, Eternal Summers is opening themselves up to outside
contributions for the first time. And how does that go? Nicole says,/”I
was in Korea when I got the bulk of the songs so I was literally in a
different world when I heard their take on our songs. It was mind blowing!”/

The result is their sophomore album/Correct Behavior/. It is, as you
would expect with the addition of a new member, sonically fuller than
their debut Silver and earlier EPs. Until now, Eternal Summers was
writing jangly post-punk stompers (/Pogo, Able To/) and languid dream
pop ballads (/Safe at Home, Lightswitch/); hitting opposite ends of the
spectrum was evoking confusion for some. And while Correct Behavior
still reaches the upbeats (/I Love You/) and the slowbeats (/Good as
You/), album opener (/Millions/) blends the disparate aspects of their
back catalog into a coherent sound that is uniquely theirs. It is
bright, fresh and bridges any gaps that might arise from what they once
lovingly called dream-punk.

By the time you’re a few songs in (/You Kill/), those that have followed
Eternal Summers will still easily identify what they loved about the
duo: the quirks that graced their previous efforts, their brevity, their
teen-angst lyrics, their hooks, their power and volume, and their
sometimes tongue-in-cheekness, (/Girls in the City/). But you should
also notice, a rounded out sound that more accurately reflects their
eclectic tastes and influences, namely: Smashing Pumpkins, the Sundays,
the Troggs, Yo La Tengo, Ride and Black Sabbath.

With/Silver/, Eternal Summers received comparisons to a barrage of 80s &
90s era lo-fi indie bands. With/Correct Behavior/, Eternal Summers is
letting go of the things that once defined them, their status as a duo,
their attachment to a specific instrument, and their need to remain
insular, to create their most realized album.

– “The duo take the hazy, lazy beach vibe of Summer and segue it into
Autumn, with dreamy vocal lines floating over distorted guitar lines
soaked in undulating reverb. This is for the changing leaves, the early
dusks, the cool nights – the last days of summer.”

– “This Virginia duo’s debut could double as a hypercompressed essay
on post-punk’s shift into indie”

From The Atlantic
– “An embodiment of everything that was alluring about 80’s-era indie
rock: the simple pleasures of guitar, bass, and drums and a leading lady
who belts and wails with skill”