Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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."
So we linked up with The Eastern Sea to cut it up about popularity, Animal Planet's Big Cat Diary and, of course, secretly liking Entourage. Hit the jump to see their thoughts, as listen to some of their music and see some topless pictures of Beyonce. Just kidding. Or are we? Now you sort of have to click through, don't you? Rocks Off: So you guys are pretty popular. Tell us a bit about The Eastern Sea. And please include specific details re: how much you hate the Western Sea Frontier. Zach: We are not popular. Last night we had band practice and when everyone left I just watched Matt try to beat Super Mario Brothers for Nintendo in under ten minutes. Judging on his form, you could tell he could do it, but I guess the pressure of an audience got to him, and he was struggling. And I was eating a fruit cup with a plastic spoon. That shit ain't very popular, and neither is that Western Sea band. 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.
RO [laughs]: Whenever we play the easy listening version of "The Name," it makes us think of a field of wheat. Can you please tell us why that is? Z: I dunno man. You've got wheat on the mind. RO: You know that show Entourage? Do you watch that? It's old, we know. But they're showing it on Spike TV now, which means we get to watch it (we don't get HBO because that shit is too expensive). It's good. Should we be embarrassed that we like it? It feels like we should. 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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