One of the main dichotomies any band or artist has to navigate is the balance between free artistic expression and being beholden to popular musical conventions in order to remain commercially viable. After all, despite the rapid progress and sophistication that popular music experienced in the late '60s, there are only so many ways one can reinvent the wheel. And, in a capitalistic market, it's understandable why the Beatles had a sizable marketing push that was not afforded to, say, Captain Beefheart.
Here in Colorado Springs, there's no shortage of musical talent, but one local band who can boast demonstrable commercial success is Eros and the Eschaton, an act who draws from the hazy sounds of '90s shoegaze, dream pop and the ambient/electronic textures of Brian Eno.
Influences aside, the band has a special chemistry and never shies away from unabashed experimentalism and copious guitar feedback. However, paradoxically, all these lofty descriptors haven't deemed them too "cool" or "underground" for a healthy critical and commercial standing: The band can boast a contract with Bar/None Records; a "Best Of" honor in Denver Westword's 2015 pop category; commercials for Billabong, Monster Energy, the X Games and more; praise in publications such as SPIN; and, not least of all, an enthusiastic international following on social media.
When asked about this balance between populist appeal and freewheeling musical individualism, guitarist/vocalist Katey Perdoni says the band's secret for success essentially amounts to passion and dedication to craft.
"Everyone we meet and work with and become friends with, from promoters to venue owners to other musicians, are all doing this because they love what they do. We're not trying to be cool or have some kind of image. It's a lucky algorithm that we have the freedom to express ourselves, whatever that looks like, and that those expressions can find a niche within the greater realm of the local or commercial world. So I think our secret is we admire, respect, and are on the same wavelength as people who are passionate, and that attracts people with a similar spirit."
Eros and the Eschaton will grace the stage at Ivywild School on Sunday, March 13, joined by the similarly "dreamy" Fort Collins act Sound of Ceres and local indie/math rock band We Are Not a Glum Lot. Along with being one of the few local shows on their docket in the near future, the concert will see the band promoting its as-yet-untitled sophomore album, as well as showcasing a relatively new lineup.
"We have the greatest dudes on the planet in our band these days, and it feels like a force," says Perdoni. "[Drummer] Alex Koshak has been with us for almost two years, so we were a three-piece for awhile, and then in the last six or eight months, [keyboardist] Mitch Macura and [bassist] Ryan Spradlin joined.
"It's a more dynamic process of songwriting and recording," she adds. "Adam [Hawkins] and I used to have five keyboards between the two of us, and now we can just play guitars and sing. My favorite part is that after practice we sit around till 2 a.m. and just talk and go down rabbit holes of consuming influential music and videos. I love experiencing pop culture with these guys. We mostly grew up on the same stuff and are hungry for the same things — we have a lot of the same reference points. Except we have to convince Mitch a lot of the bands are cool because he's like, 22. He didn't know every word to [Weezer's] Pinkerton."
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