Well we went to see Eisley last Saturday night. It was a great show. We showed up at the club way too early in an attempt to eat dinner there. It turned out that the DuPree family that makes up most of Eisley was there already, setting up on stage. So they were walking all around us which was surreal. Of course they aren’t massive yet so I guess they don’t have the rock-star trappings that go with being famous.
The opening act was a band called The Colour and they were tremendous. The lead singer sounded like a mix of early Bono and Robert Smith. He looked like Jim Morrison and acted like him on stage too. I felt that he had watched Oliver Stone’s movie a few too many times, but he pulled it off. They were really solid and I bet they will be huge in the near future. I couldn’t understand 90 percent of the words to their songs but it got me (and the crowd) going nonetheless.
I went over to buy some Eisley t-shirts and found that they were being sold by Boyd and Kim DuPree, the parents of the band members. Kim is the worship leader at the Vineyard in Tyler, Texas. I talked to Boyd, their Dad. He was asking me what kind of music I like and I asked him how they got signed to the Coldplay tour without even having a record yet (it’s a long story). I mentioned the Vineyard to him and he lit up – I am assuming there aren’t a lot of Christians in their crowd. Anyway, he and his wife were very nice and I found out a little bit about what life is like on the road, etc.
Eisley has a new album out and their set was a mix of those songs and some older stuff from their EP’s. The record just came out last week and though I had pre-ordered it we just got it today. But we knew a good many of the songs they played. It was a great set; it didn’t blow me away as much as they did on the Coldplay tour, simply because it was in a smaller venue and without as much wall of sound power as an arena provides. But it was beautiful. People keep asking who they sound like and the closest I can come is the band Lush, if you have ever heard them.
The record is awesome though. I can’t recommend it enough. And they are touring and hitting the media, so I expect you will hear more from them It was a nice concert from a talented band. Being able to see them all just walking around rather than surrounded by security or emerging from a massive bus with tinted windows was nice. Catch them while you can at this stage because I think they will only be getting bigger.