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Tuesday, December 7th

An exclusive interview with Musiqtone
Texas act Eiusley has been around for a whole, but you wouldnt know that by looking at them. Arguably this generation's version of Fleetwood Mac, the band has a sound similar to the iconic superband but with modern edge and excellent writing from Sherri and Stacy Dupree. Here is Cristina's interview with Eisley's Sherri Dupree.

To someone who hasn't heard Eisley, how would you describe your music?

Pure, unadulterated, rip roarin' RAWK AND ROLL! - Just kiddin'... I dunno - it's whimsical, thought provoking, melodic, indie, pop-rock... yeah, I guess I need to work on that one.

You guys formed in 10 years ago in '97. How has your music evolved since then if it has at all?

I think we've grown into ourselves as a band. We were so young in '97. We've kind of figured out how and where we fit into the musical world... at least in our own heads. Our music will always evolve but not our roots.   

The new CD, Combinations was released in early August. What were your goals for this record?

Honestly, we we're just so excited to finally write new music and record a new CD - for ourselves and for our fans. It's just another step on the ladder to (hopefully) shaping a lifelong career.

Who are some of your musical influences?

sunny day real estate (Jeremy Enigk is a wonder to me), radiohead (of course) ,bjork, the beatles, paul mccartney, the decemberists, kashmir, mew, death cab for cutie. danny elfman, the cardigans "long gone before daylight" album, james taylor, jimmy eat world. everyone i like influences me in some way!

If you guys could pick any musician/band dead or alive, who would you like to tour with?

Paul McCartney!!!!!  - also Kashmir and The Decemberists, The Arcade Fire, The Shins.

You guys have played in an array of venues, from small club houses to basically arenas on the Fray tour. What is your favorite setting/venue to play live?

I like playing, period. It's so much fun, and so I don't think we really have a favorite setting - small or large. We love the House of Blues venues...they have the best sound and the best food!

Do you have any pre-show rituals as a band?

Nah, we don't have any nerdy or silly things we do. We pray if we remember -is that a ritual? We warm up our vocals a little, but we're pretty lazy about that. 

Apart from your headlining tours, you guys have toured with some pretty big acts: Coldplay, Snow Patrol, New Found Glory, Switchfoot, Taking Back Sunday, and The Fray. Do you have any interesting tour stories you'd like to share?

When we were on tour with NFG, for fun, we went across the street to this othervenue to see the The Backstreet Boys; they were playing a reunion show. There were SOOO many girls and mom's and they were all screaming louder than I thought any crowd of women could scream. We had to plug our ears the whole time and it STILL hurts. It was scary. But... honestly, hard to pick any one memory. There 200,000 miles of memories in our van from so many tours.

Clearly, you guys like to tour a lot. You have a fall tour with Mute Math coming up. Why do you feel that as a band, it is important to tour so often?

Being in a band you have three golden rules. 1. Write and record good songs. 2. Learn to play them well. 3. TOUR!!  For labels, it's 'marketing 101'. You have to support the record by touring. It's a part of our job but it's also what you have to do to keep the ball rolling... to stay in touch with your fans. 

You guys have been recently featured on Allure, NPR, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien show with. So the future for you as a band looks pretty bright. Are there any specific goals you guys want to achieve?

We're not really bent on world domination or anything; We just want to keep writing/making good music; Singing makes me really friggin' happy. So as long as we can keep doing this and people love it, we're thrilled.

Where do you guys see Eisley in a couple of years?

Recording a new album that is hopefully bigger and better than the last. We always want to take it to the next level... and hopefully able to afford some sort of stage lighting and fanciful production on future tours.

Anything else you might want to add..

That this question is always the most awkward for me; I never know what to say. I'm watching "Finding Neverland" in the bus. I love Johnny Depp. :-)

Amanda AguedaCristina Carrazza is s staff writer with Musiqtone. You can reach her at

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