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The Eatons

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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"... poppy post-punk, as songs like "One More Night" and "On The Line" demonstrate... they've still got an ear for hooks. The Eatons were meticulous in putting together their first full-length... Of course, this is the major point of evolution for the band... they're an extremely polished pop band that's confident in how they sound and that didn't want to settle for an album that showed that at anything less than their best. Which, when you think about it, makes a lot of sense: as The Handover shows, The Eatons are their best are pretty good indeed." - i(heart)

"guitar pop city." - chromewaves

"clean and catchy." - EYE Weekly

Regardless, the waiting seems to have paid off, since all three tracks here are the work of a band that knows exactly who they are and how they want to sound. Specifically, they know they are/want to sound like a punk-tinged pop band with an ear for hooks, and they succeed at this beyond any shadow of a doubt... each song sounds like it was written and recorded and rewritten and rerecorded until every moment was perfectly tight...
- i(heart)

I've been in a bit of a good old fashioned power pop kick lately and The Eatons from Scarborough are exactly the type of band you're supposed to put on when you're in one of those moods. I use the descriptive term 'pop' pretty frequently these days, which is odd since I'm not even sure if use it in the right context. Just so you know, when I use it, I'm usually referring to an artist or song that makes good use of catchy hooks and memorable melodies. I am not referring to 'pop' as the short form of 'popular' as in Top 40 schlocky crappy boy band with ridiculously white teeth, mid-drift bearing young chick with the word flava on her jogging pants type of pre-programmed prepubescent overproduced happy time music. Got it?

The Eatons are definitely the former, and they do it extremely well. Their first EP is entitled Firestarter, and at 3 songs and 12 minutes, it's definitely a blink-and-you-miss-it affair. However, the perfect remedy for that is to just play it over and over and over again. The quality of the songs make this very easy to do. The title track is the opener, and it begins with a subtle da-da-da that quickly bursts into an infectious pounding drum part that is very effective at getting things started before settling into a perfect pop formula: simple verses + bombastic hooky chorus + solid guitar solo + very effective sing along moments = a truly catchy song. They keep this formula going for the next song Give Me Something To Go On, which was featured on the TWM Mixtape compilation. Lead singer Boris Chan gets a bit more emotive in his vocals on this one, and the harmonies are subdued but flawless. The CD ends with Holiday which showcases Boris' best Ric Ocasek impersonation on the vocals before settling on an almost whiny but effective vocal attack on the chorus. I really appreciate that the band obviously put a lot of work into the production on this EP, with every song sounding very professional and radio friendly without being devoid of the all important human factor. I anticipate that the band will likely have to mix things up a little bit when they're ready to launch an album past the 15 minute mark, but if they can do so without sacrificing any of their natural song crafting abilities, then I'm definitely on board for the next one.
- It’s Not The Band I Hate, It’s Their Fans

The Eatons are a band out of Scarborough, a popular place for bands to come out of in the surrounding Toronto area. They are currently a DIY (do it yourself) band producing and self releasing their 3-song EP “Firestarter”. It features 3 tracks, Firestarter (reminds of the Prodigy track), Give Me Something To Go On, and Holiday. The Eatons are a 4-man crew specializing in guitar pop with a creative edge backed with superb vocals from Boris Chan.

This is only a 3-track EP so understand that it’s really hard to review and come up with a suitable size of text. Firestarter begins with a simplistic intro and great singing and maybe the often-used “da da da da”. However, from a music standpoint this is great pop music, when things pick up and Boris singing at the top of his lungs. Give Me Something To Go On starts with a punk like entrance with the clashing and major instruments before lead singer Boris shows off his impeccable range.
- Allan's World of Music

"I could almost see kids at the Dance Cave jumping up and down during the “da, da da’s” and making the floor feel like it’s going to collapse... The three song EP feels like a tease, hopefully The Eatons will make an LP soon enough..." - TorontoIndie


-The Handover EP - CD Release party on August 26, 2010.

- Destroyer (digital single - received airplay on Toronto's rock station 102.1 The Edge and various college radio stations in Ontario)

Firestarter EP
- reviews from, TorontoIndie, It's Not The Fans I Hate and more...

TWM Mixtape Vol. 1 (Compilation in Toronto)
- Reviewed in EYE Weekly

- 'Give Me Something To Go On' digital single picked up by various local blogs/podcasts (twowaymonlogues,



Raised in the expanse of strip malls and twenty-four hour coffee shops that make up the suburbs of east Toronto, The Eatons are four neighbourhood boys who play passionate rock music to escape the boredom of suburban living. Comprised of Boris Chan (vocals/guitar), Sebastian Franks (guitar), Jacky Siu (bass) and Nick Ferguson (drums), The Eatons' brand of loud guitar pop evokes the best of British indie (Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys) and North American rock (Death Cab for Cutie, Broken Social Scene).

In 2010, the band self-recorded and self-produced The Handover, an EP inspired by the band’s experience growing up in Scarborough. They mixed the record over beer and videogames with fellow eastender Trevor Humphrey. And as fate would have it, another Scarborough talent, Ryan Mills (Arcade Fire, Born Ruffians, The Most Serene Republic, The Rural Alberta Advantage) reached out to the band and mastered the record. A promotional track from the EP called “Destroyer” was released in late 2009 and received airplay on 102.1 The Edge and various college radio stations across Ontario.

Over the past year, the Eatons have shared the stage with acts such as Amos the Transparent, Styrofoam Ones, and the Junction. Highlights of their recent treks around the province include performances at festivals such as the Pitter Patter Festival, Indie Week 2009, Rock the Beach, and a sold-out showcase at NXNE 2010.

In 2008, the Eatons recorded and released the Firestarter EP. A track from Firestarter was handpicked by Toronto promoter Dan Wolovick for his first TWM Mixtape, a CD compilation of the best local acts that was reviewed in EYE Weekly.

Here are some reviews on the Firestarter EP:

"Guitar pop with a creative edge backed with superb vocals from Boris Chan… this is great pop music." —

"A band that knows exactly who they are and how they want to sound.... a punk-tinged pop band with an ear for hooks, and they succeed at this beyond any shadow of a doubt." — i(heart)music

"Just play it over and over and over again." — It's Not The Band I Hate, It's Their Fans