Chauntelle DuPree, 2011

 

Interview by: Jason Perlman

 

It always seemed a little strange when a band is promoting a record that is not out yet. Is it strange to play music that the audience cannot purchase until March 1 when The Valley is released?
Yes, it is a bit strange, although we've already released a few new songs from this album and some people have heard them, but since Combinations came out in 2007, we've not been able to release any music, so we're thrilled even though we have to wait one more month for The Valley to be released!


Laughing City is your on-line interaction with your fans. How much do you follow what is being said there and are there times you catch yourself paying too much attention to the fan feedback?
I actually don't go and read anything. If a fan contacts my Facebook or Twitter or something, I do my best to take the time to reply, but beyond that I don't read anything. Everyone has an opinion to which they are entitled, and I've found that I live a little freer without knowing.


You are coming to Columbus with Rooney, who has their devoted fans. How do you think Eisley fits in to the tour?
I think it'll be great! We're really excited about this tour!


During the four years between records, were thoughts of bowing out of the music industry occurring or did you know this was something you and your sisters would make it through together?
We never once thought of giving up! It's worth all the struggles.


Four years is also a lot of time to mature as people, as songwriters and as musicians. And in this day, a lifetime to try and keep fans whose attention may be short-lived. How do you think The Valley will resonate with your fans from four years ago?
I think the songs are definitely more mature, more meaningful and realistic. I think we will gain new types of fans for sure, and as for the longtime fans, I feel like we've stayed true to Eisley's sound enough that they will still love what they first experienced years ago.


In the last track of The Valley, Ambulance, it is stressed after everything, “I am going to be okay.” Did music help you get to that point and were there times you wondered if that would be true both professionally and personally?
Music can really help you to heal from heartache.


On Myspace, you used the phrase “Blessed” to describe your leaving of Warner to be truly independent. Now that you have some time to digest not being on a major, do you still feel as blessed?
We certainly do feel very blessed!


Lastly, I am sure with the openness in which you wrote about the personal turmoil of each sister, there becomes a fan attachment to those lyrics that they can relate very personally. Does it get strange to have fans come to you either in person or online and open up personally when you really just met them?
That hasn't happened very often, but when it does we don't pretend to have things all figured out because we don't. We're just like them, trying to figure out life.