Easter Island

Formed by brothers Ethan and Asher Payne in 2010, Easter Island creates panoramic, post-rock inspired dream pop. Behind the wall of towering drums, glassy guitars, and the forceful tide of synthesizers, hide soft-spoken melodies, tender harmonies, and understated musings on the subtle, yet visceral moments in life.

Often compared to sonic pioneers of the 90s and 00s, Explosions In Sky, My Bloody Valentine, Pedro The Lion, and Sigur Rós, Easter Island makes no compromise to explore unknown sonic territory, embodying the “feeling that you’d stumbled onto something great...knowing that you had a potential game changer in your hands” (Pop Matters).

In 2011, Easter Island’s “Proud” from the debut EP, Better Things, was featured on ABC’s Off The Map. Their debut LP, Frightened, was released July 2012.


Since 1992, Five-Eight has recorded six Compact Discs. They previously toured with REM, and have performed with Cheap Trick, The Ramones, Cracker, Pylon, and Seven Mary Three. The group is prominent in the Athens/Atlanta area and headlines an annual mental health benefit concert in Athens.[citation needed] The band came together in 1988 in Athens when an earlier incarnation, known as The Reasonable Men, disbanded. Before settling on the name Five Eight, at least one show was played under the name The Helgrammites.

The ninth Five Eight offering entitled "Your God Is Dead To Me Now" was recorded in 2010 and is set for release on March 29, 2011.Sean Dunn rejoined the group for this album, with the band stating, "We think it's our most emotionally powerful and complete record to date.

The band is the subject of the upcoming feature documentary Weirdo: The Story of Five Eight, directed by former journalist Marc Pilvinsky and due in 2017."

Dana Swimmer



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