Eternal Summers // In Short

Eternal Summers

“I’ve never thought too hard about what our albums should sound like before they are written. I just trust instinct to lead the way.” All hail the heady philosophy of Nicole Yun of noise-pop power-rock trio Eternal Summers!

On Thursday, Nicole’s instinct will lead the band to play a free show at Birthdays in Dalston (September 17th) as they prepare to show off tunes from their sun-drenched new album, Gold and Stone.

Released later this month by their long-time label, the Brooklyn-based independent Kanine Records (home to Fear of Men and Pinact), the band’s fourth album is their finest yet with its intense mastery of melody and their intriguing brand of toe-tapping breezy rock.

Having formed in 2009, the Virginia-based band started out as a two-piece, with Nicole Yun on vocals/guitar and Daniel Cundiff on drums, to be joined later by bassist Jonathan Woods.

Thanks to a hometown musical collective known as the ‘Magic Twig Community’ the young band benefitted hugely from working closely with fellow bands in a supportive scene. The like minds helped the evolution of Eternal Summers into a band that can simultaneously embrace anthemic rock and bittersweet ballads, jangly pop and shoegaze jams.

For Gold and Stone, Nicole recounts that the band returned to Resonate Studio in Austin, Texas, to hone their new album of songs. And she says the seeds of those tunes were germinated by long van rides listening to ‘a lot of Blur, early Radiohead, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ryan Adams, Lush, Dinosaur Jr., Cleaners from Venus and Stereolab’.

You can judge for yourself how it all turned out on Thursday night. But before you get rattled by the chill of the approaching autumn closing in, it’s time for Eternal Summers to bring their infectious rock to Dalston. And in honour of their arrival, we gave Nicole a big London in Stereo hello – complete with these charming, if suitably invasive, questions:

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Moody. Anthemic. Fun.

My favourite film ever is…
Rushmore

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Kirsten Dunst

The song I hate the most is…
All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Washing dishes at a vegetarian and seafood restaurant

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Elvis Costello and the Attractions

My favourite word is…
Zephyr

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Teleportation

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
São Paulo

I think you should listen to…
Wildhoney

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Squeeze

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Live: Birthdays – September 17th (free), Tuffnell Park Dome – September 30th (With Surfer Blood)