Eternal Summers have released a fantastic new record entitled Gold and Stone. They’ll be at Comet Ping Pong on June 7 and at Brooklyn Bowl June 30. They will set up their gear and play sets. Singer guitarist Nicole Yun told us about setting up gear and playing a set even when one person didn’t want that. -ed.
We were on tour going to Nashville, and we show up, and the sound guy says “yeah go ahead and set up on stage,” and then he said, “Look there was no pre-sale for this show so we’re going to cancel the show.” We’re like, “What? We’re already set up and it’s almost time for doors and you’re going to cancel the show now? You should’ve cancelled on us yesterday.”
Basically the promoter, I don’t know why, told us the other band we were on tour with wanted to cancel the show. They didn’t. We went through with the show. And it was really weird, where only a handful of people ended up coming, and the promoter of the show halfway through the show just openly said, “Want to go see another show instead?”
Brightest Young Things: Did the promoter end up staying or did he go to the other show?
ES: He ended up staying but not the whole time.
Once the gear’s all ready, he kept trying to get us out of the venue like as soon as possible. It was still a cool, intimate show but I kept thinking, “This guy sucks,” to make us set up and then not play.
BYT: Have you ever come close to wanting to quit because of shows like this?
ES: No, I think when we have shows like that we try to ride the weird wave and try to bring it back on track, and there have been a few times where the show has been just so awkward where we’re like, “Ok, let’s just have the most weird, fun show,” where we’ll toss things at people, not in a mean way, just in a trying to have fun way.
BYT: So do you think you guys talk more than other bands? Do you feel like you have better communication skills than other bands?
ES: I don’t know, I’m not sure, I definitely feel that we communicate a lot as a band, but that’s the cool thing about being a band where’s the different people, whenever we have a decision to make there’s an odd number of people in the band where we can make a decision together. It also helps that we’ve been friends for a long time, and everyone else has been in other bands, so I feel there’s a lot of experience and just friendship, so we’ll go on tour and just lay low and be as positive as much as possible. And I think communication is part of that.
BYT: Where are you tonight?
ES: We’re playing in New York, upstate, playing in a stranger’s house we’ve never played before, and the band we’re playing with is putting out a record, so that’s cool.
We play with these cool bands when we’re on tour and we’re just this small band from Roanoke, I think we’re excited to see what happens.
BYT: Why are you guys still based out of Roanoke? It doesn’t seem like there are a lot of bands from Roanoke?
ES: I think we’ve done a lot of touring and we’ve seen New York, D.C., and it’s all cool, and the suburbs are a pretty area too, but I think when you’re from a large city like New York it’s kind of crazy, you spend a lot of money and you’ve got to make ends meet somehow. A lot of labels find that city bands have the hardest time on tour, and we live in Roanoke where the cost of living is pretty cheap, it’s beautiful, it’s just a very mellow place to live, so we can go on tour a lot easier and still somehow make ends meet. We meet a lot of other bigger bands than us and they do DJ nights and all this other stuff, and I don’t think any of us are really into that lifestyle, I think we really prefer coming back where there’s a lot of green space and it’s beautiful, and people in other cities are just too pretentious. There’s just a lot of things that we like about it.
BYT: As someone who doesn’t live in a place like Roanoke I think what you guys are doing is something that a lot of people that, once they hit a certain age, kind of envy. Like you guys are able to still play music and make art and also completely disconnect yourself from any individual scene, you’re in this weird oasis of every “cool” place being a few hours away.
ES: Yeah it’s cool, it definitely has its disadvantages, like, “how do as a band get to locations like New York or LA,” there’s not a whole lot of media that helps prop bands up. But I think it’s chill and I love our situation, and we’re in a good location with all these cities close to each other. I think we have a pretty ideal situation.
BYT: That’s awesome. What’s the best thing about being from Roanoke? Give me a reason why any band should move to Roanoke.
ES: I don’t know if I could say that, but, you know, if they wanted to, if there’s any reason anyone should or could, it would be for writing a weird concept album. There’s not a lot of shows, but there’s fresh air, you can take a walk between writing lyrics, you can come to Roanoke if you wanted to do that, that’s what I would say.
As told to Brandon Wetherbee. Edited for clarity.