Eisley @ Gramercy Theater, 10/21/10
Folk rock sibling group Eisley hypnotized Gramercy Theater on Thursday, October 21st during the CMJ Music Marathon. The fantasy-loving, Texan band, named after part of a town in Star Wars (Mos Eisley), played an assortment of songs from albums Room Noises and Combinations. Sisters Chauntelle, Sherri, and Stacy DuPree lit up the front of the stage with cousin Garron and brother Weston behind them on bass and drums.
Eisley opened their enchanting set with the 2007 Combinations hit “Invasion,” and the space, though intimate and small, was filled with a very engaged crowd. The harmony created between the three young ladies was chilling and while the music was catchy, it was undoubtedly eerie and somber for the most part. This is part of their haunting charm just as it has been since they formed ten years ago.
Other notable songs played were “Ten Cent Blues” and “Brightly Wound,” one of the most beautifully intricate love odes from their entire discography. Their charming lyrics perfectly accompanied the lovely hook as DuPree belted out “It’s happening all the time/When I open my eyes/I’m still taken by surprise/I hold sunlight and swallow fireflies/And it makes me want to cry.”
This imagery of nature so often found in their lyrics could be seen in other songs on their set list including “Tree Tops” and “Marvelous Things,” which sings of horses and “bats with butterfly wings.” The truest crowd pleaser was “Telescope Eyes” played toward the end, which got all the loyal fans singing along.
This show displayed an ideal array of their best hits to date. Eisley has officially broken free from Warner Music and, after a short period of being unsigned, they signed with Equal Vision Records on November 4th. Their highly anticipated third album is set to release in the spring of 2011.