Eternal Summers started as a guitar-and-drums duo in Roanoke, Virginia, in 2009. Soon after, singer/guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff began releasing scrappy mid-fi indie pop and post-punk-inspired tracks, along with punky, collaged artwork that floated around the Internet with each song.
Throughout these first few formative years as a band, the DIY ethos and home-recorded feel were a defining element of their punchy indie pop, an aesthetic that filtered into their debut long-player, Silver. So their more hi-fi sophomore LP, Correct Behavior, released this year via Kanine, was a bit of a departure, mixed by Sune Rose Wagner, of the Raveonettes, and Dum Dum Girls producer Alonzo Vargas.
"We were so emotionally charged about trying to collaborate with other people," says Yun. "When you work with the same people who happen to be your friends for so long, it doesn't seem safe working with people who are basically strangers."
The resulting LP, though, is their best, most realized record to date; see "Millions" and "You Kill" for proof. "In a way, we were kind of closed-minded," says Yun. "I feel glad that we've grown. I think we didn't realize our mindset was so closed until we went through that process. Part of the scariness of collaborating is also what makes it so good. It challenges you."
ETERNAL SUMMERS + NADA SURF :: Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston :: December 13 @ 8 pm :: 18+ :: $22.50 :: 617.562.8800 or thedise.com
Tune into WFNX.com on 12.13 to hear a live session from the band.