"sweet, delicate pop gems sway gently like fresh linens hung out on a line. Even the more melancholy moments ache for fresh-cut lawns and a soft picnic blanket; it's the perfect soundtrack for daydreaming... The band describes itself as "Pedro the Lion meets Stars without a female vocalist..." - Flagpole Magazine
Easter Island‘s progressive sound is re-forging the middle-class angst pop that defined the mid 90s and early 00s. This impressive group of classically trained guys hail from Athens, GA and have been playing together in a carousel of revolving bands since 2005, when vocalist Ethan Payne met lead guitarist Nathan Thompson. Payne (formerly of The Cubs, Union & Corduroy Road) has worked in the film industry for the past three years as a freelance shooter/editor/boom operator. Recently, he produced Athens Soundies: a series of lo-fi music videos featuring mostly local musicians and touring bands passing through, inspired by Vincent Moon’s takeaway shows.
Their love for creating music evolved from college bands to mature sounds and when Payne’s brother Asher Payne (vocalist and pianist) moved to Athens to pursue a Master’s in vocal performance, Easter Island was born. As drummer John Cable (The Corduroy Road and Moses Gunn) and bassist Andrew Terrell joined the band, the puzzle for the perfect mix was complete. Their balance of calculated chaos, inspired by passage into their mid-20’s, yuppie adulthood and love gone awry, forms an addictive sound that is just reminiscent enough of 90s pop to create a sentimental familiarity that is surprisingly easy to listen to.
As Easter Island forges a following in the South, their EP Better Things will be released this March. Better Things was produced by Five-Eight drummer Patrick Ferguson, at the newly renovated and reopened 1093 Boulevard Studio in Athens. They have already begun work on their next release, full of even more delicious sounds, galvanizing lyrics, and their emotive vocals.
Praise for Easter Island:
"...Easter Island, on the other hand, plays music in the vein of a much better Coldplay." - Flagpole Magazine
Artist - Easter Island
Album - Better Things
US Release Date - March 1, 2011
Label - s/r
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04. Into Bedrooms
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