Founded by Matt Hines, the indie band returned to DC as part of their tour to promote their latest “Plague” album. The 8-piece band, who MTV calls their “new indie crush,” entertained the packed audience in an intimate candlelit setting, which was a comforting contrast from the usual standing room only (often beer-soaked) venues that dominate DC.
Opening for the band was Orlando-based folk indie group Day Joy, who performed a compelling set and successfully warmed the audience up for the main act.
The Hamilton was the perfect venue for the performance, adding to the relaxed tone of the evening in a chill/supper-club kind of way. Hines’ soothing vocals kept the audiences’ full attention as the band performed their soft, dreamy, bliss-pop songs in harmony.
Having recently overcome a set of unfortunate circumstances — such as studio evictions, band member changes, Bastrop Wildfires — The Eastern Sea’s performance played out like an accomplishment of sorts, which left a lasting mark on their fans in D.C.