By Erin Coulehan, D.C. Music Live
When we last caught up with the Eastern Sea, the Texas-based band was preparing for an East Coast tour and coming off a pretty tempestuous recording process. Now, it seems the waves have settled and the band is enjoying yet another run on tour, and will be playing a free show tonight at the P.O.V Terrace and Lounge inside the W Hotel.
Since the release of Plague last summer, the band has been concentrating on touring heavily and finding the right dynamic on the road while touring with The Kopecky Family Band.
“It’s a trial by fire,” says frontman Matthew Hines.
Hines wrote Plague during a particularly taxing time in his life when he and his girlfriend were just beginning a long-distance relationship. Hines had also finished reading Camus’ The Plague in addition to Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse. What resulted was a philosophical concept about change over time, adaptation as it were.
The result was an autobiographical album that’s every bit as icy as it is introspective thanks to sound engineer Jeff Lipton who’s mastered for the likes of Bon Iver and Andrew Bird. The album chronicles emotional and geographical journeys along with inherent challenges and isolation.
“And back in my hometown /I remember girls whose bodies I adored /I knew their names just like they knew my revolving door /But they’re strangers now,” cries Hines in the album’s title track.
It’s a reflection of recognizing, but never really knowing, a person as more than just a body; an imprint on the sheets once they’ve left in the morning. There’s a visage of some sort of presence, but no lasting impression or connection.
With one album under their belt, The Eastern Sea is now prepping for a new album.
“I tend to write really autobiographically, which can be really revealing,” says Hines, “and I’ve been wanting to write more metaphor – detach from reality .”
The new songs that Hines has been working on are told in metaphorical storytelling, which he says has allowed him to describe his experiences in a new way as an observer rather than a character. The album will be called The Witness based on Hines’ concept of detached observation.
The Eastern Sea will be playing a free show tonight at the P.O.V Terrance and Lounge inside the W Hotel. Doors at 8pm.