Band: Eternal Summers
Where: Roanoke, VA
Eternal Summers are spiritual echos of famed minimalist pop freaks and fellow Virginians, Unrest, who formed in Arlington in the mid-80’s (later known as a DC band). I hear more than traces of late era Unrest here — the slightly less crazy/more pop recordings that were so genius. Some of the songs off of “Silver” could be the forgotten tracks from records like “Imperial F.F.R.R.” or “B.P.M” if just drummer Phil Krauth and bassist Bridget Cross had cut them without weirdo mastermind Mark Robinson.
I was apprehensive when I first pushed play on this album, a long time hater of summer, the band’s name invoked a prison of heat, douchebags, Auto-Tuned robo pop, and douchebags in flip flops. But this duo has nothing to do with any of those horrors, exacerbated in the hot months, and the kit pounding, axe jangling album opener, “Disciplinarian” won me over immediately. Singer Nicole Yun sings I think it’s high time/I had a disciplinarian/ the kind who tells me why/I need to follow the rules again, but she’s a punk and I don’t believe her.
From there “Silver” heads into some serious Cath Caroll vocals and Flin Flon drums, both welcome in my book. “Safe at Home” and title track “Silver” are stand outs, and I dig drummer Daniel Cundiff stepping up to sing the stoned-out Beach Boys number “I’ll Die Young for Rock n Roll” just after the midway point. Eternal Summers dream pop is crisp, not hazy. These songs cut a little humidity from this fetid summer air and call to mind the most awesome 90’s pop.
On August 31, Kanine Records will release Eternal Summers digital single for “Pogo,” featuring a cover of The Beatles “All I’ve Got To Do.” The debut full length, “Silver,” comes out September 28th.