Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Startropics | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Startropics Soundboard Recommended

When: Sat., Sept. 1, 10 p.m. 2012

If you want to keep calling your band minimalist pop, adding a new member kind of seems like a faux pas. But guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff did just that for Eternal Summers' sophomore full-length, Correct Behavior (Kanine)—bassist Jonathan Woods has turned the Roanoke-based duo into a trio, and they've polished their sprightly, wistful sound, which has grown a couple of shoe sizes since their 2010 debut, Silver. That record had a youthful, for-the-hell-of-it spirit ("Pogo," "I'll Die Young for Rock and Roll"), and though the band still reps that attitude, now it's less about the parents being out of town and more about having fun figuring out who the hell you are. Front woman Yun benefits most from the band's relative maturity and upped production values—she steps further into the spotlight, both because her jangly, resonating guitar melodies now have a bass backbone and because she's shrugged off the tweeness in her singing for something a little darker and more sultry. The new album is a bit front-loaded, with the best of its bouncier tracks—the shining opener, "Millions," the candy-coated "I Love You"—in its first half. For me the turning point is "Girls in the City," where I really can't stand Cundiff's cocaine cool and flat 80s-style vocals—but now I feel like I'm probably just reaching for something to complain about. —Kevin Warwick Bleeding Rainbow and Startropics open.

Price: $10, $8 in advance

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