I’ve tried many times to express to everyone how much I absolutely adore Eisley’s music. Even though I can’t ever find the correct words, I keep trying. I saw them back in October and did an interview with Sherri, Stacy and Chauntelle, and I was so happy to find out that I only had to wait four months to see them perform again.
Like last time, there was an open camera policy, so I was able to shoot. The link to the pictures is in the photo caption, so check them out!
So, I’m going to go through, song by song. If you don’t want to know what they played, don’t read on. Just know that the concert was fantastic.
After waiting through a pretty catchy opening band, Eisley was finally on stage. (Did I mention I waited in the venue for a couple hours beforehand? Well, I did.) Anyways, they opened with one of their new songs, “Better Love” (which is officially one of my two favorite songs on the album). I’d never heard it before, so I awkwardly stood there, not knowing the words, but I still really enjoyed the song.
Unfortunately, I always ruin concerts for myself because I’m nosey and hate surprises, so I always checked to see what song they were playing next. Then, they played “Golly Sandra,” and I was immediately less awkward because I know that one. After this song, I got really excited because they were playing some of my favorite songs back-to-back: “Many Funerals,” “Brightly Wound” (oh my god, it was so beautiful), “Smarter” (one of the best songs on the new album), “The Valley” (the title track of the new album, and one of my favorites), “Invasion” (one of the first Eisley songs I ever heard) and “I Wasn’t Prepared,” which is always cool because it’s such a vocally-driven song; it gives me goose bumps. “Sad” is another new song that is absolutely fantastic. I had to separate it from my long list of songs to say that whenever I hear this song live, I get so excited for Chauntelle’s guitar solo, that my friends stare at me instead of the band. They either think it’s endearing or completely annoying. I can’t tell, but I don’t really care. It’s a good song.
Then, they played “Ambulance,” which I love. It’s always so good live. Because I haven’t said it yet, their voices are magnificent. They ended their set with a new song, “Mr. Moon,” and even though it was really good, I was kind of sad because their set was already over.
They didn’t play a very long set because it was actually Rooney’s tour. I know it makes me a terrible music reviewer, but I didn’t stay for Rooney’s set. Okay, don’t kill me. I just have school on Mondays, and it was late, and I wanted to go say goodbye to Eisley. (Wow, run-on sentence.)
Anyways, my only complaint about the concert is that the levels for the sound seemed to be off. It might have been where I was standing, but I couldn’t really hear the vocals very well or Sherri’s guitar hardly at all. It was highly disappointing, though I know it wasn’t the band’s fault. It’s a really small venue, so they just might not have super great speakers or something. I don’t know, but it was disappointing.
I feel the need to thank everyone in Eisley and involved with the band, especially Boyd DuPree and Todd D’Agostino because they continue put up with my frantic emails about taking pictures and setting up interviews. Everyone in the band (and everyone that surrounds them) is so accommodating, and it’s obvious that they really care about their fans and their music.
If you’ve never seen them before or listened to their music, I highly recommend that you do.