The annual transition from winter headlong into summer has been completed and here at The Ash Gray Proclamation offices we’re finding a way to be OK with the welcoming warm breezes coming through our open windows in our favorite already tourist ridden south shore town. So what better time to point to the forthcoming release from Roanoke, VA’s dream pop trio, Eternal Summers. The bands fourth LP, Gold And Stone will be issued by Kanine Records on June 2nd, the very same night that band plays Great Scott. Eternal Summers have just shared a second advance with, Come Alive. Vocalist Nicole Yun credits some hefty influences such as Bjork, Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), and Trish Keenan (Broadcast) for influencing the pristine pop of Come Alive.
Earlier this week one of Boston’s most beloved bands, Mean Creek announced that were bowing out, but not before issuing their final banger, Forgotten Streets. The track epitomizes the bands nearly 10 year run of delivering charging and impassioned anthems. After 3 full length LP’s and an EP , Mean Creek have decided to close the curtain on their terms, citing a disaffection with the music business.You can read the bands official announcement over at the estimable Vanyaland. But don’t pour one out for Mean Creek just yet, you’ll have a chance to bid farewell in person when the band plays their final show at The Middle East Downstairs with Soul Asylum and The Meat Puppets on June 28th.
Ashville, N.C.’s lo-fi pop concern, Elvis Depressedly are poised to issue their sophomore LP, New Alhambra via Allston’s Run For Cover Records on May 12th. The duo of Mat Cothran and Delaney Mills have built loyal fan base largely in part to a string of excellent cassette and digital releases. For New Alhambra, the duo took steps to maintain there lo-fi aesthetic, recording with only one mic while utilizing vintage gear that they describe as “outdated”. Add Cothran’s use of samples of old wresting matches and television evangelists and you have an instantly addictive LP. 9 tracks of intelligent noise pop, welcome to the wheel house. The entire LP is streaming over at the A.V. Club for your streaming convenience.