By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, DC Music Live
The band began work on its first album in 2010, featuring songs written by singer/songwriter Matt Hines in 2005 before starting the band, which examines universal themes of powerlessness and uncertainty.
“Graduating from college felt like falling off a cliff,” Hines said while describing his experience floating around in a post-grad environment within a tempestuous economy. Since graduating, however, Hines and his bandmates have found their feet – and their voice – with a combination of dynamic post-rock rhythms and autobiographical lyrics. And they’ve managed to do so almost exclusively on their own.
Before releasing the album, The Eastern Sea raised $4,000 on Kickstarter, and is proud to be able to support themselves and their projects.
Hines admits that completing the album was a difficult process. After recording the majority of the album at a studio in East Austin, the building was condemned and shut down by the city, leaving the band with a nearly completed body of work, but no studio to record in.
“We were homeless for a studio for a while,” says Hines, which once again brought back the all too familiar feelings of post-grad powerlessness checkered with a bit of ennui.
Despite the setbacks of recording the album, The Eastern Sea at last released Plague in 2011 which was mastered by Jeff Lipton (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird) and features sophisticated poly-rhythmic songs brought to life with shimmering keys, spirited trumpet, and folky guitar.
Hines’ lyrics reveal personal narratives delivered with a pathos that’s certain to be intensified during live shows.
“[The band] strives to find a positive meaning and to tell our stories to the audience in an unadulterated way,” explains Hines while discussing The Eastern Sea’s first tour of 2013.
To see The Eastern Sea in action, be sure to catch them February 5 at DC9. Check out the music video for their tune “Snow” here.