Monday, August 06, 2012

The Eastern Sea

Austin band The Eastern Sea recently released their new album, Plague, on June 26 via the WhiteLabBlackLab label. Two years in the making, The Eastern Sea began recording the album at a long-running East Austin studio that was closed by the city only a month into production. This forced the band to move to another studio, which later found itself in the heart of the Bastrop fires, again forcing the band to move the recording to temporary studios.

Despite these setbacks, the completed effort was mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird), and represents The Eastern Sea’s most cohesive collection of songs to date. Musically, it combines the hypnotic rhythm of post-rock, the playful melodies of traditional American folk, and the dynamics of contemporary progressive indie-rock.

Leading up to the release this eight-piece outfit performed at Houston Free Press Fest and a hometown sold-out show at Stubb's. This young band is definitely on the rise. They will perform in front of thousands this week at KGSR's Blues on the Green, and again this October when the band makes their debut at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Created in 2005 as the bedroom project of songwriter/vocalist Matthew Hines, The Eastern Sea quickly released a self-produced anthology Further Up, Further In, which showcased Hines’ folk and electronic roots. From ‘07-’09, the band added several new members and recorded what would eventually become The Eastern Sea, a self-released collection of two eponymous EPs. Songs such as “The Snow” and “The Name” attracted the band’s first national press and led to several festival appearances (SXSW, CMJ, FPH Summerfest) and a pair of national tours.