Guest Author - Danielle Crowe
With catchy, exciting and brutally honest music, Eisley is a pop/indie rock band from Tyler, Texas, USA. With the band consisting of four siblings and their cousin, things can definitely heat up, but this group carries themselves with a professionalism and grace that is inspiring to both music and commerce.
Eisley formed in 1997 when sisters Chauntelle and Sherri began creating music together after having been inspired by bands like The Beatles, Jeremy Enigk, and Radiohead. Their first song was written by their sister Stacy at the young age of 8. Band members Stacy King (vocals, keyboard, and guitar), Sherri DuPree-Bemis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Chauntelle DuPree D’Agostino (lead guitar, vocals), Garron DuPree (bass), and Weston DuPree (drums) are the official and founding members of Eisley.
After making their debut as an indie band on the Dallas music scene in 2001 and playing hundreds of shows throughout Texas, Eisley was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2003. That same year, they won the title “Best New Artist” from the Dallas Observer Music Awards.
Their first recordings were released on May 20, 2003 through their first EP titled Laughing City; it was from those recordings that they began to garner additional success and an even larger fan base. They had radio success with the song “Telescope Eyes,” which was ranked the top 25th most played song on FM 102.1 “The Edge” (a radio station in Dallas, Texas) in 2003. The EP was released on Record Collection and produced by Mike Mogis. Soon afterwards on December 9, 2003 Eisley released their second EP titled Marvelous Things through Warner Reprise Records.
Their debut album was released on February 8, 2005 and was titled Room Noises. They then recorded and released another LP in 2007 titled Combinations, a third EP on October 9, 2009 titled Fire Kite, and their most recent LP on March 1, 2011 titled The Valley. To sum it up, Eisley has kept very busy, and clearly ensure their fans are very satisfied with the seemingly constant release of new music.
With inspiring songs, three EPs, two LPs, fifteen US tours, three UK tours and one Australia tour, Eisley are definitely expanding, hitting their stride and continuing to write great melodies, catchy songs, receive great press and win over fans from all locations. One of my personal favorite aspects of Eisley, besides their fantastic music, is the fact that they are unique to themselves. By that I mean they have created their own brand of song creation, as well as their own brand of who they are. They write about exactly what they are feeling and experiencing and I love that connection that they build with their music and listeners alike.
For more information on Eisley, to listen to their music or find out their upcoming show schedules, check them out on their personal website at www.eisley.com or look for them on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.