Eros and the Eschaton is a rock n’ roll anomaly. A birth out of birth, their project came together when Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins came together as a couple in Colorado Springs in the early 2000’s. It wasn’t until after their relationship blossomed and their first child was born that they wrote and recorded their first EP Home Addresses For Civil War, which was released on indie powerhouse Bar/None Records. Shortly after they hit the road in support, eventually landing themselves in North Carolina.
Their music is shimmery and fluidic. It captures the back roads and countryside in a sort of memory like haze. The record flows from song to song and the airy lyrics are drowned in an ocean of reverb and synthesizers. Tracks like “Terrance McKenna” highlight the band’s sophisticated tastes and and psychedelic tendencies. Don’t let their marriage status sway your listening, their lyrics touch on themes far beyond the scope of love, although this rock n’ roll family surely has plenty of it. Comparisons can be drawn to the shoegaze atmospheric rock of the early 90’s such as Slowdive or label mates Yo La Tengo. “I found out about Bar/None records when I was 17 years old,” said Kate in her interview with Bill Forman at Colorado Springs Independent, “It was like the pinnacle of indie music… I wanted to be a part of something like that so I used to send them demos when I was younger… The fact that we ended up on Bar/None is amazing… There aren’t a lot of things in life where you have this child-like ideal, and then that actually turns out to be the case.”
Recently the Beasts got to ask Eros and the Eschaton a few questions of our own. Here’s what they had to say:
You guys have a really beautiful musical story. Would you say you subscribe to the idea of fate? If so, how has it appeared in your lives/musical endeavors?
Kate: Every story has beauty; ours is not as gentle as it may seem, though is inherently fateful. Truly, it has been one long change after another. And some changes, we’ve been supported through; some of them we haven’t. I subscribe to things happening for a reason, for sure, and we’ve been lucky to be able to grow very close through time despite difficulties and changing tides.
How would you say your individual styles change when coming together to write?
Kate: We tend to toss things back and forth rather than actually sit down and work on music together. We spark ideas in each other and pass the ball and the next person will run with it, bringing back words, a melody, a structure, or some other component. Now that we have a legitimate band full of songwriters, we are all beginning to share melodies and song structures.
Adam: I think our personal styles musically, Katey’s and mine, are quite different. I don’t think they change when we get together. I think they compliment each other in a unique way.
Traveling seems to be a big theme in your lives and music. Can you describe what it has done to you as artists, and why it is important for others to share in that experience?
Kate: I was naturally a very shy kid, so I kind of made myself do daring things to shake myself out of nerves. Traveling, which I did incessantly and often solitarily for much of my teenage years and adult life, was a continuation of living off of experiences. It is relieving to see what the status quotient is to other cultures and people. It has helped me form a personal constitution, and to feel less bound to societal expectations. It’s helped me relate from a deeper understanding of humanity’s common denominators.
Adam: We’ve taken our lives and music on the road regularly in the past. We’re both excited to go out and see things and share what we have. Going on the road is always humbling. You see so many bands, so many venues, so many cities. You realize you’re just a drop in the ocean. It’s a great way to see things you can improve on.
So we know you have a son that has been a large part of your musical journey. What are some hopes and visions you have for when his generation comes of age?
Kate: Yeah, everything we’ve done, our son has been there. He’s been to CMJ and SXSW and he’s toured with us for every show on the road we’ve ever played. And we were always scraping by, staying at friend’s houses — this wasn’t like luxury travel accommodations. I am sure it seems exhausting, but I think it’s so important that this next generation grows up and sees the world from early on, and is able to form perspective for themselves. It’s easy to reside inside of one tiny landscape of culture and to never see anything else. My hope is that kids grasp from early on that anything is possible, and not to be pre-scribed to some certain destination. Let’s bust the societal junk and start being honest and real. I dunno. I guess I have high hopes for those little f*ckers! I want them to be able to see past the bullshit immediately, to immediately be confident enough to trust their guts and fight for what they believe in. To know they are worthy of life regardless of anything and to let them lead the way since they’re more evolved than we are.
Adam: Hey now, he’s only 4. I’m not ready to talk about him growing up. Stay young, little man.
What, ultimately, would you like Eros and the Eschaton to be a symbol of/for?
Kate: If I think about my favorite bands, I can’t discern what they necessarily ‘stand’ for. We’ve gone from a quiet, intent two-piece to a raucous, irreverent 5-piece over the last three years. We’ve changed members and taken up residence in three different states. Now, we’re comfortable in our own skin. We’re here to stay. We laugh so much at practice. I like that we all have a certain musical north star we seem to share.
What is the most important lesson Terence McKenna can teach us?
Like a fairy tale from all aspects, Eros and the Eschaton continue to bring their magic to the people with steady shows and festival appearances. Make sure you listen to this modern day rock n roll romance, and discover something authentic. While you’re at it, throw on the Terrence McKenna lecture they’re named after and learn something new!