Easter Island

Easter Island

 Athens, Georgia, USA

Lush, post-rock inspired shoegaze


Based out of Atlanta and Athens, Georgia, Easter Island is a dream-pop act fronted by guitarists Ethan Payne and Ryan Monahan, whose sound has been likened to Explosions in The Sky, My Bloody Valentine, DIIV, and more. The band’s airy and panoramic ambience is backed by Asher Payne on keyboards, John Swint on drums, and North Carolinian Justin Ellis on bass – adding gravity to an otherwise weightless sound.

The band has traveled as far as Japan to work on the new songs, and to film material for their music video, “Island Nation”, recently premiered by Paste Magazine. Produced and engi- neered by Monahan, the songs received additional engineering, mixing, and mastering from Mike Albanese at Espresso Machine Recording in Athens.  The follow-up single, “Always Room For Another”, premiered on Billboard in fall 2018.

The past three years have seen the band working in secret quarters on their new record while also touring all over the US. Easter Island have performed at a number of festivals including SXSW in Austin, CMJ in New York City, Treefort in Boise, ID, and Athfest in their hometown of Athens, GA. The band’s debut record “Frightened” was released in 2012, and led to several of its’ songs being featured in several high-profile television licenses, including ABC’s “Off The Map” in 2011, MTV’s “Awkward” in 2015, and CW’s “Dynasty” in early 2019 – which featured the band appearing as itself on the show’s second season.  The band has shared stages all over the country and at home with such acts as David Bazan, Cindy Wilson, The Low Anthem, Bully, Wild Nothing, White Rabbits, Valley Maker, and more.


The Sneaking EP - 2010
Better Things - 2011

Set List

Drink Up, School's Out
Better Things
Your Little Spirit
Near My Feet