In Conversation with Matthew Hines of The Eastern Sea

Matthew Philip Hines describes Austin, Texas as “a kind of velvet coffin”. A local musician who is no stranger to philosophy, classic literature and analysis of multi-modal communication (that’s right), his music is reflective of the complexities in his mind.

“Part of living in Austin and being a musician is trying to overcome this kind of automatic apathy,” he shares, “There’s just so much music in Austin, the market is so saturated and there’s just not a real big urgency to go see something because you could see it anywhere, all the time.”  […]

Together [his band, The Eastern Sea] has just released their second album titled Plague, a collection of lyrical songs that are thoughtfully composed and pleasantly intriguing. […]

Hines likens the band’s musical collaboration to the cultivation of a plant: “There’s two parts,” he begins, “there’s the seed […] and then you take care of the seed, you plant it, you water it and you let it grow. So in a lot of ways, I create the seed and then I bring it to my collaborative musician partners and we grow it together.” […]

<< check out the full interview here>>

And catch The Eastern Sea playing live in New York tomorrow night, Saturday June 30th, at Piano’s and at Glasslands in Brooklyn on Sunday July 1st!