With a palate for stratospheric anthems, a penchant for charismatic storytelling, and vocal harmonies that could tame the wildest of animals, Eternal Fair is turning heads all over the Pacific Northwest with their brand of psych-prog-pop rock. Their debut full-length album, The Horse That Carries The Wheel, has quickly garnered praise from critics. The Stranger’s Sean Jewell said of THTCTW, “…Andrew Vait is a studied vocalist whose music is built on an armature of dreamy folk rock, but whose jazz proclivities, and vocal gifts, push his work to conceptual/rock opera heights. THTCTW lets its freak flag fly by bringing a backline of keys to the forefront which…makes listening comprable to getting punched in the aural gut after Vait’s got you looking up.” Lemonade Magazine rated THTCTW 5 out of 5 stars and advised, “Eternal Fair is sure to find incredible success from their debut album. This band is doing all the right things to make it big, not only in Seattle, but worldwide. Now is the time to hop on the Eternal Fair bandwagon.” Influenced by the likes of My Morning Jacket, Sigur Ros, Jeff Buckley, and Pink Floyd, singer/songwriter Andrew Vait’s compositions and musicianship, along with the talents of bassist Chris Jones and drummer Daniel Nash, seamlessly weave vintage soul with modern funk, psychedelic rock with lyrical pop, the sophistication of jazz and the nostalgia of folk.
Since the band’s formation, they’ve taken their time refining their sound. The result is a staggering blend of musical and lyrical composition that balances introspective, emotive stories atop a colorful melodic and rhythmic fabric that brings to life sharply insightful and deeply romantic tales of youthful love, wistful dreams and fading memories. Formerly the vehicle for all of songwriter Andrew Vait’s material, Eternal Fair split from Vait’s solo project in November of 2010. The band caught the attention of the larger Seattle music community when they opened for soul singer Allen Stone at The Crocodile in July of 2011. Sound on the Sound’s Josh Lovseth said of Eternal Fair’s performance, “…frontman Andrew Vait’s classic rock persona came out in full force”. The subsequent fall, Eternal Fair recorded their debut EP in former bassist Brent Rusinow’s basement. Todd Hamm of Seattle Weekly’s Reverb said of the EP, “Eternal Fair, Vol. 1 has enough of past-rock’s charm to evoke a warm feeling of nostalgia, and enough inventive musicianship and thoughtful studio-work to hold its own,” while Guerilla Candy’s Travis Hay called it one of early 2012’s must-own local records.