Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Eternal Summers

Eternal SummersAre you a rocker? We know Eternal Summers are. Just listen to their rock-star back-stories: Nicole was born inside a volcano, Daniel was born inside a tree, and Jonathan was born in a cats mouth. With a biography as crazy as that, AMBY simply had to speak with this dream-pop, psychedelic trio. The band’s Daniel Cundiff answered some questions for us, so dig in and read as we spoke about their record Correct Behavior, what they do for fun, short shorts and high socks, and more.

AMBY: Hello Eternal Summers! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?

Eternal Summers: Hey!  Thanks for chatting with us!   It’s rainy and flooding in Roanoke now.   I wish I could wear my sunglasses in the rain and it not be too weird.  So yea, lately!  Let’s see.  We recorded an album in Austin and have been busy listening to mixes and getting that process out of the way.  We’ve done a lot of touring including some really great shows with Nada Surf and we also did an east coast and a west coast tour with The President of the United States of America.  The Nada Surf shows were kind of a genesis for us as a band.  It lead us to record with Louie Lino and get one of the most underrated guitarist/writers to help produce the album, Doug Gillard.

AMBY: You released your last album, the amazing Correct Behavior last year. What are your feelings about it now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?

Eternal Summers: Well, I don’t really listen to our music very much if at all once it’s released.  Maybe I’ll check a song out and see what we sounded like or how the production was handled but for the most part I’m still connected to it to the point of not wanting to listen to it.  I don’t know if that makes sense but if I listen to our music or any music I’ve done I just critique everything.  After a few more years I’ll be able to see it for what it really is and was…. I hope.  But on the surface I believe it’s a great record with great production.  You can hear us forming as a band and trying new things.  We always want to expand, evolve and grow as musicians, writers and let that move us forward as a band.  Listening to the tracks for our now unreleased album I can see and hear that change. I’m super proud of everything we’ve ever released and unreleased.

AMBY: You will be releasing the next album via PledgeMusic. What are some of the benefits of going this route?

Eternal Summers: Well, we aren’t releasing it via Pledge Music per se. We are funding it through Pledge Music.  We were in a position where we could record a full album and I think we wanted to just do it and then see what happens. We didn’t want to wait around or make any quick decisions except for just record and get it down.

It has gone great so far and hopefully it will see the light of day or the darkness of night by the end of the year.  We’ll probably record more in between that time as well.  We like to keep things moving.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your cracker of a song Wonder?

Eternal Summers: Well the song kind of speaks for itself.  It asks questions.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Eternal Summers: This is a pretty tough question and also one that I could answer everyday and come up with a new set.  Albums come to you at different times in your life and can point you in a certain direction.  I could pick albums from my younger years, maybe they mean more?  I’m just going to take a certain event that coincides with three albums that mean a lot to me and are three albums that changed my life in some way. I went to New York City when I was in high school and it was the first time I saw the “big apple”. I was from a beautiful place in the country called Franklin County so N.Y was exciting.  While I was there I got three albums.  I was into jazzy pop/ late 60’s early 70’s folk pop music and was just getting into your typical first jazz records aside from some Pat Metheny.  But here’s what I got. The Police – Regatta De Blanc.  Steely Dan – Countdown To Ecstasy and Herbie Hancock – Headhunters.   I’m a big Police fan and an even bigger Steely Dan fan.

THE NEXT DAY:

So like I said, I could pick different albums everyday.  Here’s another selection.  One Bedroom by The Sea and Cake.  Insignificance by Jim O’rourke and Murray Street by Sonic Youth.  ….. I’m going to keep going.

Black Foliage by The Olivia Tremor Control,  Argyle Heir by The Ladybug Transistors and Coquelicot Asleep in Poppies by Of Montreal.   All those albums changed my life so did Rubber Soul.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

Eternal Summers: I was in this band called Boys Lie.  It was more of an arty synth performance art kind of thing.  The three of us would dance and sing and put on a weird show.  Anyway, one time we set up a tent on the stage and dressed as boy scouts in real uniforms and sat in the tent till the room filled up. We made snoring noises and giggled in the microphones until the perfect time.  Then we had a friend start the music… we had backing tracks. We jumped out in short shorts and high socks and sang some 80’s goth synth songs with weird sexual hints.  Maybe you had to be there.

AMBY: Who is your must follow on Twitter?

Eternal Summers: Well for me I don’t really pay too much attention to twitter.  I’m an outsider.

AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?

Eternal Summers: I hang out with friends a lot.  I play music in other bands.  I’m really into going out to eat with people.  I like to make collages too.  Everything kind of revolves around music in some way in my life.  It all can be traced back to or influenced by that art.

AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?

Eternal Summers: Black Velvet by Alannah Myles.  The bass line of that song makes me want to vomit, bleed out my eyes and slit my throat. Google it if you want, maybe you’ll like it.  I wont judge.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Eternal Summers: I don’t know.  Of course we’re all excited to see what we’ll be doing with our new album. We’re about to go on a east coast tour with Love Language in late July.  I’d like to go hiking and maybe go swimming more. I guess that’s mostly Summer stuff though….. maybe I don’t think too far ahead.  I should work on that.

AMBY: If you had to describe each member in the band with one word, which word would define them?

Eternal Summers: Musician, Musician and Musician. Or human, human and human.

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Eternal Summers that nobody knows?

Eternal Summers: I’ll never tell.

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Thank you Eternal Summers, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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