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Oven Lovin': After a meteoric rise in publicity and a few big-name opening tour gigs (you know, that whole Coldplay thing) in previous years, Tyler's Eisley had all its pop-rock ducks in a row in 2005. Everything seemed set for the February release of their first major-label full-length, Room Noises. Too bad it really wasn't. After giving the group a plug in its "You Hear It First" segment last year, MTV abandoned the teens when they needed love the most, and national rock-radio didn't make room for the mythological references and soaring harmonies of "Marvelous Things" in a crowd of me-too emo bands. Seriously, Clear Channel, you pushed the proto-poop-rock of Avenged Sevenfold over Eisley? Give us a break.
So what happened? Our guess is that the huge press push for the band's EP releases cost them when the proper album hit stores only a year later--the "we just wrote about these kids" syndrome was in effect, which meant the album was tucked away in CD review sections across the country. But the band hasn't been deterred by the relative quiet. Despite losing original bassist Jon Wilson this summer, the group got their footing back quickly, adding Garron DuPree and finally turning Eisley into a true family band (take that, Jacksons). In addition, rabid Internet promotion has helped the group rack up thousands of hard-core teen fans all over the country and, from the sound of their amazing Austin City Limits Festival set in September, they're preparing even better songs for their next album. That makes Eisley a prime reason to get your butt to the Plano Center on Sunday for A Very Buzz-Oven Christmas, as the Tyler quintet headlines the all-day, all-ages rock show thrown by recent Business Week feature subject Aden Holt. Other Buzz-Oven compilation alums at the show include the Feds, Greatness in Tragedy and, most important, Radiant, who should play a song or two from their proper full-length debut, We Hope You Win, set to come out spring 2006. Get to the Plano Center by 2 p.m.
Dentonites should also mark their calendar for two days later, when Landrest plays a bon voyage concert at J&J's Pizza. Founding members Becca and David Stone are splitting town, but this isn't another story of locals leaving for N.Y.C. dreams--their destination is Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and we don't think anybody's even heard of A&R reps there. Wish them well (and buy them a few slices) on Tuesday when they share the J&J's stage with Warren Jackson Hearne, Birth to Burial and more; in addition, Becca promises a return trip to Denton for a CD release concert in 2006.
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