The Eastern Sea, an indie rock band based out of Austin, Texas, made its debut in the District this past weekend and rocked Washington. My best Bitch and I walked into P.O.V Lounge at the W Hotel at 8 p.m. on-the-dot and saddled up to the bar to indulge in some cocktails and take in one of the best views of the city while waiting for the band to take the stage.
When you picture a trendy lounge with a great view, P.O.V is exactly what comes to mind. Dark red drapes line the windows, chandeliers hang sporadically from the ceiling, and leather booths surround the room with VIP velvet ropes arranged strategically around them. We grabbed a high top near the stage so we could take in the view while also having a killer view of the band.
Five gentlemen graciously took the stage, thanked the crowd for being there, and began their set. From the minute they started playing they had the crowd swaying and clapping along. It was clear that the crowd loved it. The Eastern Sea’s music was unique while also feeling familiar. If Death Cab for Cutie and Silversun Pickups had a musical love child it would be The Eastern Sea, to give you an idea of their sound.
Their use of audio equipment and meld of musical instruments created a dynamic sound that added a fresh twist to the Indie music scene. My favorite thing about the show was the energy each member added to the set. You could visibly see how into their music they were and how much passion they had for it. I not only enjoyed their music, and the venue as a whole, but loved seeing the energy they brought with them to the our fine city.
I will be picking up a copy of their self-titled album, The Eastern Sea, and you can too by visiting their band store here or downloading it off of iTunes.
The party was thrown by the ladies (and Nick) over at BrandLinkDC, so, naturally, it was bound to be good.