Easter Island, Collider
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Washington, DC, 20009
Oak House is a band built on deftly balanced juxtaposition — an experiment in the visceral and contemplative, the base and the beautiful. Rock music at it's core, the writing of frontman Gresham Cash expresses palpable tension — it's an investigation of life's inevitable conflicts.
Comprised of vocalist and guitarist Gresham Cash, drummer Wes Gregory and bassist Connor Sabula, the band formed in Athens, Georgia during the winter of 2014. Since, they've grown a reputation for their violent, high energy shows and strikingly inventive sound. Oak House plays a heavy synthesis of melodic indie rock, psychedelic, experimental and grunge, though Cash finds most of his inspiration for songwriting in classical, jazz, Eastern melody and contemporary, minimal instrumental music. Their sound is cinematic, sweeping and immensely moving with droning, frenetic guitars, decaying synth, fragmented, dark piano and pulsing, immersive rhythms.
Hot or Mood, Oak House’s second full length album, was recorded in Athens with renowned engineer Drew Vandenberg (of Montreal, Toro y Moi, Kishi Bashi, Deerhunter, Mothers) at Chase Park Transduction. The sophomore album represents a cohesive sample of the band’s live sound: tumultuous, melodic, raucous and infectious. There are moments of stark minimalism, followed by passionate, anthemic melodies and contemplative lyrics. The exceptionally adept rhythm section creates an immersive sound that you don’t just hear – you feel. Together, the members create a remarkable depth of sound, particularly for a three piece. Hot or Mood commands your attention with layers of visceral guitar, dynamic rhythms, oscillating synth, haunting piano, elusive droning and Cash’s powerful vocal performance.
Formed by brothers Ethan and Asher Payne in 2010, Easter Island creates panoramic, post-rock inspired dream pop. Behind the wall of towering drums, glassy guitars, and the forceful tide of synthesizers, hide soft-spoken melodies, tender harmonies, and understated musings on the subtle, yet visceral moments in life.
Often compared to sonic pioneers of the 90s and 00s, Explosions In Sky, My Bloody Valentine, Pedro The Lion, and Sigur Rós, Easter Island makes no compromise to explore unknown sonic territory, embodying the "feeling that you'd stumbled onto something great...knowing that you had a potential game changer in your hands" (Pop Matters).
In 2011, Easter Island's "Proud" from the debut EP, Better Things, was featured on ABC's Off The Map. Their debut LP, Frightened, was released July 2012.