I was doing some reading over at Noel Murray's Popless column on the AV Club today and read a little blurb he did on The Eames Era song "All of Seventeen" off their EP, The Second Eames Era (Murray goes on to make some nice insights about how so much good indie references these "off-canon" bands, which I think is a great term for it).
It's not even one of my favorite songs of theirs -- I thought Heroes and Sheroes was chock full of very good ones -- but it did remind me that I wanted to post some unfortunate developments. I'm a big fan, and for the past month I'd been trying to track down the band for an interview or something for this here blog. I finally got a reply from Grant Widmer bearing the (relatively) sad news:
That's right, The Eames Era are no more. Ashlin and Greg moved to Chicago in the
past few months and they are on to other things. Ted, Brian and I have also
moved to New Orleans and we are hard at work on a new album. As I said before,
Brian got married this week and his life has been very busy so it's still
unclear what kind of role he'll have in the new group. But Ted and I have been
traveling to record with Daniel Black, the producer of our last album, in D.C.
since January. We are about 1/3 finished and hope to be all done in May. Then it
will be time to tour for a while. So I'll keep you posted. We'll definitely be
spending time in D.C. so I'm sure we'll cross paths sometime.
It's a sad moment when one of your pet bands dies. Rob went through this with Field Music, G.L. and I both bore witness and tears at the demise of The Bigger Lovers. It makes sense, though. It's a competitive musical climate these days, no matter how catchy your delicate, Saturday-Looks-Good-To-Me-influenced indie pop records are. I applaud the bands that tough it out and stay together, but I empathize with those who don't. The bright side, however, is that often these things turn out for the better: Rob's big into School of Language these days, and the breakup of The Bigger Lovers just led me to check out their other projects, namely Mazarin and the Pernice Bros -- both Rockist staples.
So here's to you, The Eames Era, may we hear from your respective members' new projects soon.
The Eames Era - "Both Hands Full"
The Eames Era - "Last to Know"
The Eames Era - "Go to Sleep"