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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You, Me, and the DuPrees: Eisley Enchants at the Old Rock House, Tuesday, June 29

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM

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Eisley's setlist last night - DIANA BENANTI
  • Diana Benanti
  • Eisley's setlist last night

The entire crowd sang along to every song; even the guys in the audience lent their voices to the night. "My favorite part is watching all the guys sing 'When I was a young girl,'" Sherri laughed after playing "Tree Tops."

Ironically, right after Stacy sang "Please don't make me cry," in the middle of crowd favorite "Telescope Eyes," something went terribly wrong and someone's equipment started shrieking with the most ungodly feedback, like the sound the Devil's teakettle would make if there was a banshee trapped inside. It was impossible to judge how long it went on, it could have been 25 seconds or 75, but it felt like several minutes of prolonged torture. All three girls had something to say about the aural assault: "I think that's a sign we're not supposed to play that song ever again," Sherri said.

"I don't think I've ever heard anything that scary in my whole life," Chauntelle added.

"That's it, that's the number one weird thing that's ever happened on tour," Stacy said. They abandoned "Telescope Eyes" and recovered gracefully with "Marvelous Things," after the feedback incident, and finished their set with gusto.

"We're not into the whole fake hype encore thing, this is supposed to be our last song, but we've got three more," Sherri said. They rocked solid on the paranoiac "Invasion" and ended the damn near perfect set with the slow burning "Ambulance," from Fire Kites. Eat your hearts out, Twilighters.

I wanted to like The Lion and The Sail, as I always want to like bands I've never heard. This doesn't always work out, though. The female vocalists were no match for the five guys playing their hearts out on guitars and drums. The vocals were just shy of completely lost in the aggressive drums and Explosions in the Sky style progressive guitar work, with none of EITS's consideration for sonic peaks and valleys. Thankfully, on the last two songs, the four guys on guitars supplied the chorus, finally connecting the rest of the band to the girls manning the keyboard and xylophone.

Notebook Dump: Hearing some in the crowd talk about missing Eclipse got me thinking: Hey, these girls on stage would have been great choices to play the female roles in Twilight. They're certainly photogenic enough, and Stacy could be Bella with her long brown hair, Sherri's pixie haircut and diminutive stature would make her Alice, and Chauntelle's flaxen locks would perfectly suit Rosalie.

Tweets From Last Night: Eisley: @OldRockHouse is perhaps one of the best new clubs in the country. Bands will flock in hordes to play here.

lindsaygeorge89: @Eisley was great! What sweet, talented people!

Eisley: The screech from hell will forevermore be the benchmark for calamitous, awkward ice-breakers. [Had to be there]

SharQubus2012: Made it home safe and sound. For the record:Eisley concert trumps midnight Eclipse any day. Glad I'm not in the theatre with you crazies :)

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