Eisley

E/C Presents:

Eisley

Merriment

Mon, April 14, 2014

7:30 pm

Czar Bar

Kansas City, MO

$12.00 - $14.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

Eisley
Eisley
THE VALLEY: a low point between peaks. That's where the DuPree sisters who front Eisley were as they crafted their third album: Sherri enduring a failed marriage; Chauntelle, a broken engagement; and Stacy, a painful breakup. The only relationship that ended on their terms was the split with Warner Bros. Records.

Arising from the depths, Eisley has reappeared with new personal relationships, a new label (Equal Vision Records) and a new album completed on their own: The Valley. Promising to bring listeners through the band's darkest and most trying times, The Valley reveals their strength, patience and perseverance. It signals a victorious climb out of their darkest valley. With it, Eisley has managed to put forth their greatest and most personal album yet.

Throughout the album, Sherri and Stacy's exotic harmonies soar stronger than ever, and the band's sublime blend of airy guitar riffs and bright piano textures provide the gorgeous melodic framework for each song.

But on tracks like "Smarter" and "Sad," there's a musical aggression and emotional urgency that transports you to the moment they were written, laying bare the open wound of the broken heart. And the chilling album closer, "Ambulance," is an icy snapshot of the very moment of betrayal and abandonment. Elsewhere, there's a stately solace in the hopeful "Kind" and whimsical "Mr. Moon," and buoyant string arrangements decorate opener "The Valley" and "Watch It Die."

"There's a sense of self-empowerment in the lyrics, and sometimes downright desperation," says Stacy, who, with Sherri, writes Eisley's songs. "I couldn't help but want to throw myself into these songs and try to make a point about letting something very painful go, and in the process gaining strength and being able to walk away," she adds.

Of course, it's no surprise to hear Eisley's music maturing. It's been nearly four years since their last album, Combinations, was released. Chauntelle, the band's eldest member, was barely old enough to drink when they released their first EP in 2003. Stacy, the youngest sister, had just turned 15. (Rounding out this band's membership are brother Weston DuPree on drums and cousin Garron DuPree on bass, who add drive and precision to each composition.)

Eisley's debut album, Room Noises, earned them a plethora of that most coveted "buzz" and opening spots on tours with artists like Coldplay, Snow Patrol and The Fray. Now out of industry purgatory, the band is excited to share their Valley stories with a legion of fans and followers who continue to frequent eisley.com each month.

While acknowledging fans' patience and devotion, Sherri admits that the wait may have been for the best -- "It's allowed me to step away from it all and see that -- wow -- it was a crazy time in my life, but now it's in the past and I'm ready to get it out to the world. "I can sing the songs live now and not feel all of the heartache and pain that I went through. It sounds really dramatic, but had we released it right away, I don't even know if I would have been able to sing those songs live." Listen and you'll hear -- The Valley is a mountain-top experience.
Merriment
Merriment
With their four older siblings and cousin comprising indie pop outfit Eisley, their brother-in-laws consisting of Max Bemis of Say Anything and Darren King of Mutemath, their mother being a vocalist and their father being a drummer and a band manager – it surely would surprise none that Christie and Collin, the two youngest members of the DuPree family, would choose to embark on an equally creative and musical path of their own. The young duo has essentially grown up on the road, having toured alongside Eisley nearly non-stop since they were young kids, and have made the move to sharing the stage with the band as the opening act on recent tours.
Prior to their days of performing though, the band spent their time honing their skills, learning as much as possible about music and songwriting, and developing their own unique sound. "I think I was 13 or 14 when I first started trying to write songs, I would just open up Garageband and record myself making up melodies and such. Then after a while I asked one of my sisters to show me a few chords on guitar, and started writing songs that way," states Christie. "And since our mom sings too, we grew up always singing with her."
Christie kicked off her recording career in 2010, with the aforementioned Darren King serving as engineer on her very first [untitled] EP, which led Christie to the first tour offer opening for Eisley. Having accompanied Christie on guitar for the tour, it only made sense to have Collin officially join her as a collaborator on the project when it came up for the follow-up recording, and first official release.
The four-track album, Through The Rough, was recorded in their hometown of Tyler, TX, with the assistance of Andy Freeman for the recording, engineering and mixing of the EP. The duo self-released the album on March 6, 2012 and later released a vinyl split 7" with Eisley, featuring the EP's title track, on July 3, 2012.
The true beauty of Through The Rough lies within its seemingly simple, yet subtly intricate compositions. While on the surface each track carries the sound of delicate sweetness, further listens reveal a mesmerizing darkness within the lyrics, fueled by the pure pain of love lost. Musically the album is airy and whimsical with light, dancing guitarwork and gentle percussions guiding along the angelic, emotional vocal work of Christie. Their memorable tunes blend together elements of indie, folk-Americana and pop music - reminiscent of the innovative likes of Iron and Wine, Red House Painters, and Bon Iver, offering a graceful, modern sound that is sure to appeal to the masses and displays a musical maturity well beyond their years.
Merriment will spend the remainder of the year touring in support of Through The Rough and writing for their next release. "We're both overjoyed and so thankful that people have been responding so well to our EP," Christie concludes. "And we hope that they'll love whatever we do next too!"
Venue Information:
Czar Bar
1531 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO, 64108
http://www.czarkc.com/