Band of the Day

2012.09.04

Eternal Summers

Psychedelic pop punk with a nostalgic twist
I’ve got a million ways to go. Stop me from sinking back in the grave. I’ve got to shake this shell. I’m breaking into millions.
lyrics from Millions

Eternal Summers got its start as the combined efforts of guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff. This lo-fi indie pop outfit emerged from the Magic Twig Community music collective in Roanoke, Virginia. They broke ground with their self-titled EP in 2009 and, in the following year, released their debut Silver LP through Kanine Records. Eternal Summers pushed their sophomore Dawn of the Eternal Summers LP in 2011. With the addition of a third member, bassist Jonathan Woods, the band released their 2012 full-length Correct Behavior, mixed with the help of The Raveonettes’s Sune Wagner and Alonzo Vargas. The band toted their dream punk style on a rigorous North American tour, hitting East to West Coast starting in July 2012 to promote their latest album.

There's something about Roanaoke, VA trio Eternal Summers that reminds you (positively) of being a teenager. Their brand of shimmering pop punk evokes long, wonderfully eventless summers hanging out with friends, and excitement peppered with just enough angst. Eternal Summers latest album, Correct Behavior, shifts seamlessly between punk, post-punk, to slow, pretty ballads, molding them together until it's difficult to place the music in a time and place, and just starts to be beautiful pop songs. One such song is undoubtedly “Millions.” Where much of the album can slip into dreamy, psychedelic territory, this track is as clean and crisp as anything on the radio. Sounding somewhere between the Strokes and Rilo Kiley, at the end of the day it's the gorgeous vocal melodies that ensure you'll be hitting repeat.

Much of Eternal Summers' music is pretty and delicate, but some of their best moments come when the band unleashes their aggressive side. “Wonder” is a gritty slice of post-punk as singer Nicole Yun asks “What do you do when you don't belong you in your corner? / What do you say when you're always wrong?” over raw, distorted guitar chords. It's a simple song, and just over two minutes, but packs a big punch its mix of memorable, yearning vocal melodies and instrumental power. Eternal Summers manage to perfectly distill all of the tendencies swirling around Correct Behavior on “You Kill.” Combining their energetic side with delicacy and charming melodies, the track sounds like a forgotten hit from the 90s, maybe the soundtrack of a Kevin Smith movie that never got made. Blank sings over thick walls of crunching guitar, blasting into lines like “what is it to forget you always? Dream a world without you but you kill the haze” at once distraught, confident, and reveling in the bouncing melody.

Correct Behavior is a multi-faceted record that's the product of a band bristling with energy ideas, and enough melodic skill to turn all that spirit into something special.