Seattle’s Eternal Fair are a cool new thing for me, which I got to through old pal/Band Mom artist Shenandoah Davis (remember her? She’s helping manage these guys!). They blend classic rock elements with psychy stuff and come out sounding at times like My Morning Jacket or Band of Horses or even some Spiritualized, and at other times like The Who or their major influence Pink Floyd. Track 2 is the absolute jam. And I think we all know how I feel about Seattle bands. So GET ON IT!!
THE HORSE THAT CARRIES THE WHEEL
With a palate for stratospheric anthems, a penchant for operatic heights, and vocal harmonies that could tame the wildest of animals, Eternal Fair is turning heads all over the Pacific Northwest with their brand of neo-psychedelic rock. Their debut full-length album, The Horse That Carries The Wheel, has garnered praise from critics and musicians alike. The Stranger’s Sean Jewell said of THTCTW, “There is not a single instrument out of place here, which starts to feel more and more like a colossal feat the deeper you get into the album,” while Pickwick’s lead singer Galen Disston described the album as “Quadrophenia-era classic rock that preserves all the classic elements – soaring vocals, surprising synths and proggy, epic songs.” Lemonade Magazine rated THTCTW 5 out of 5 stars and advised, “Eternal Fair is sure to find incredible success from their debut album. This band is doing all the right things to make it big, not only in Seattle, but worldwide. Now is the time to hop on the Eternal Fair bandwagon.” Influenced by the likes of My Morning Jacket, Sigur Ros, Jeff Buckley, and Pink Floyd, singer/songwriter Andrew Vait’s compositions meet with bassist Chris Jones and drummer Daniel Nash to seamlessly weave vintage soul with modern funk, psychedelic rock with lyrical pop, the sophistication of jazz and the nostalgia of folk.
Since the band’s formation, they’ve taken their time targeting their sound, creating an undeniable formula: melodically-driven songwriting, soaring vocal harmonies, powerful instrumental breaks, and a proper dose of hair-whirling swagger. Formerly the vehicle for all of songwriter Andrew Vait’s material, Eternal Fair split from Vait’s solo project in November of 2010. The band caught the attention of the larger Seattle music community when they opened for soul singer Allen Stone at The Crocodile in July of 2011. Sound on the Sound’s Josh Lovseth said of Eternal Fair’s performance, “frontman Andrew Vait’s classic rock persona came out in full force”. Former bassist Brent Rusinow eventually went on to pursue other projects, leaving the chair in good hands with Nash’s long-time friend and musical colleague Chris Jones. Having played together for years in the Seattle indie-pop outfit M. Bison, Nash and Jones brought an unmatched ferocity to Eternal Fair’s budding neo-psychedelic sound.
In June 2012, Eternal Fair organized a tribute to Jeff Buckley, which was supported and promoted by the late singer’s music team and featured on his website and international newsletter. The band successfully organized a Kickstarter campaign in the fall of 2012 that would eventually help to fund the recording of this, their debut full-length album.
“Eternal Fair has the makings of another huge break-out band from Seattle.”– Seattle Wave Radio
RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Kings of Leon, Spiritualized, Pink Floyd, The Who
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