The Eastern Sea: TV-Savvy, Wife-Approved
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Summerfest, the mega-music festival put on by everyone's second-favorite alt paper, a.k.a. Free Press Houston, is fast approaching. So from here to then, we will only be interviewing bands that have earned a slot on the bill.
First up is The Eastern Sea, a smart, warm folk-rock ninesome that not only reveals itself to be more and more layered with each subsequent listen, but also passed The Wife Test with ease.
That means if you play some music in the general vicinity of your wife while she's on the phone and she doesn't immediately say something like, "Yo, turn that shit off - I'm on the phone," then that musician passes the test. Some recent acts that have failed The Wife Test: Gucci Mane, Kings of Leon, Coota Bang and Nicki Minaj. With The Eastern Sea, the response we actually got was, "Who's that? They're good."
RO: We hear that your band is all about friendship, as long as we dress like you all and listen to the same kind of music you all like. Is that true?
Z: We are pretty friendly with everyone, even if they don't dress like us or listen to the music that we listen to. Our old trombone player, Daniel, listened to Coheed and Cambria, and we were all still friends with him.
RO: You know what sucks? Online poker. Especially when you tell your wife you won't play anymore, then you download the program again and hide it in a misnamed folder and play while she's at the grocery store and lose a shit-ton of money on two hands in a row where you were damn near a statistical lock to win. Don't you agree?
Z: Yes, I agree. It's like when Jonathan Scott from Animal Planet's Big Cat Diary pronounced "zebra" in a British accent and then again with no accent.
Z: You shouldn't, not one bit. Tomas has been really into putting that HBO or Showtime or something show Robin Hood. [Ed Note: It's BBC America.] And he falls asleep in the middle of most episodes. That's shame-worthy. RO: Do you all have anything going on that you'd like to plug? Now'd be the time to do it. Z: We're doing a tour of the East coast tour; an Eastern Sea Eastern Sea tour. RO: [laughs] Z: That's in late August-ish for about a month. Then we'll be recording a full length, and we're playing some of those new songs at Summerfest. We also wanna come back to Houston after the festival and play a show. We'll need to visit our parents at some point over the summer, so we might as well play a show, namsayin? Keep up with The Eastern Sea on MySpace and Facebook. The band plays Summerfest at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, June 5 on the Dos Equis stage.
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