Preview: The Eastern Sea @ Milkboy Philly

As you may know, Nashville’s amazing Kopecky Family Band are playing at Milkboy this Saturday night. We have been big fans for a while now (recaps of their previous Philly shows can be found here, here, here, and here), so of course we are excited to see them back in town. They have paired with some great bands for shows here in Philly before—including The Lumineers and MyNameIsJohnMichael—and this time around is no different. If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold out show, make sure to get there in time to catch The Eastern Sea‘s opening set.

Hailing from the dense indie-rock scene of Austin, Texas, The Eastern Sea manage to stand out for many different reasons, all of which stem from simply good songwriting and arranging. What started as Matthew Hines’ bedroom project in 2005 has blossomed into a full band that sometimes swells to as much as eight members (they’re currently touring as a five-piece). Their brand of indie-rock is both recognizable and relatable, drawing from influences such as Broken Social Scene, The National, and Pedro the Lion.

Their latest album (Christmas music not included) is Plague, which was released last year after a wild and splintered recording process (the studio they began recording at was condemned by the city of Austin before they could finish). 2012 became a big year for Hines and co. with the release of two albums (Plague in June and First Christmas in November) and appearances at SXSW, CMJ, and Austin City Limits. They have hit the ground running in 2013, touring a great deal of the country with their Kopecky Family friends.

Check out some of their music on Soundcloud and listen to my personal favorite below.

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