Texas indie-rock outfit Eisley are not letting recent changes get in the way on their new track "Defeatist," their first release in over three years.
Prior to the recording of their upcoming fifth LP, due in early 2017, the band faced a lineup change that saw the departure of two core members of the group. This led to guitarist/vocalist Sherri DuPree-Bemis assuming frontwoman duties in 2015. Although the song is not necessarily about DuPree-Bemis taking on the new role, the lyrics provide ample motivation to face the challenges that come with it.
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"It's about belonging to something bigger than yourself and not letting your own insecurities trip you up from having everything that you want," Dupree-Bemis says.
There are more changes in the band than just the lead vocals though. The production is more nimble, with a light guitar melody weaving around the band's distinct heavy percussion and driving bass lines. DuPree-Bemis' vocals are delicate and sincere, evoking the inner battle illustrated in the lyrics.
"'Defeatist' is about fighting for something or someone you love with passion and devotion, no matter the cost," DuPree-Bemis says. "When you know someone is worth fighting for, you fight till the death."
Despite the tighter sound, Eisley have not lost any of their edge. This seamless transition to the band's new iteration can be partially credited to the album's producer Will Yip, who has worked with similar heart-on-their-sleeve artists such as Circa Survive, Balance & Composure and Lauryn Hill. With Yip's guidance, the band appears to have maintained their wholehearted intensity while adding hints of a more palatable pop sound.
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Details on their upcoming album will be arriving soon, but it is expected for release in early 2017 via Equal Vision Records. In the meantime, the band is currently touring the U.S. with The Dear Hunter. Tickets and tour dates can be found on their website here.