Combining a harmonious pop sensibility with an indie rock soul, Eisley took in the crowd like a pastor welcoming his flock on a sunny Sunday morning. The songs’ religious undertones were not reinforced with inter-song banter. Instead, the band chose to fill the space between tunes with innocently cheery exchanges, thanking the audience at least three times after each song to create an atmosphere of almost absurd gratitude.
It was the crowd, though, that was raucously grateful for the five-piece family-act’s perfect reproduction of their songs. It seemed as if not a note was missed the entire night as the dueling singers’ falsettos intermingled like smoke trails on convergent paths. There is something a tad sweeter about voices when they share some DNA, and the ethereal vocals of Sherri and Stacy DuPree are no exception.
What Eisley lacked in outright stage presence, its members made up for in their calm, collected natures. Understanding that they could fall and always have a sibling there to catch them, no matter how far they might slip off beat, imbued them with a confidence that made all of their songs sound more easygoing.
When the first few notes of "Telescope Eyes" rang out, shivers ran through
the crowd as Sherri closed her eyes and just let the words flow out. "Golly
Sandra" showcased Stacy, who chose to hide behind her hair for most of the
night, obscuring her beautiful visage. Perhaps that is the best part of this band’s
show, their total package – great music that one can’t help but dance
and sing along to, and beautiful Southern girls who wear infectious smiles like
badges of musical honor.