The Eastern Sea Plays Tonight at Lambert’s
I’ve always been drawn to bands with a knack for creating a tremendous presence. But I don’t necessarily mean having a big band with several members; I’m thinking more along the lines of a huge soundscape. It tends to be dramatic, and when it’s done well, it can be amazing. The Eastern Sea is in that realm, always leaving a lasting impression with a tremendous, almost symphonic sound, capturing your attention with suspenseful build-ups and vast images. It feels like indie pop making its way through folk and prog rock territory.
I’ve also noticed the band itself is always fluctuating, always evolving. It began as the solo project of Matt Hines in 2005, when he was still experimenting with different sounds and using them as building blocks in the creative process. Over the course of endless songwriting, adding band members, and recording two self-titled EPs, The Eastern Sea released their full-length EP Plague last year. And while there are shifts and line-up changes from time to time, to this day, Hines keeps the momentum going forward in his constant search for ways to expand upon the sound.
Be sure to check out The Eastern Sea at their show tonight at Lambert’s, 401 W. 2nd St. Another one of my local favorites, Little Lo, shares the bill. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. This one comes recommended.