Milwaukee Artist of the Week 8/2/13 – Eagle Trace

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This week’s Milwaukee Artist of the Week is Eagle Trace, a band overflowing with youthful energy. That, in part, is because they’re incredibly young. Age aside, these guys know how to work a crowd. I first saw them at Summerfest a couple of years ago (and considering the band formed in 2011, that’s some quick progress) and they owned that opportunity. Even though I had only seen a portion of their set, I watched them pull in passersby with their blend of classic and modern rock. From a chemistry standpoint, the band is definitely experienced with one another, because they, well, have to be. 4/5 of Eagle Trace are brothers: Mitchell, Max, Cass, and Jackson Borgardt, leaving guitarist Broderick Conning as the lone non-Borgardt. Without that hurdle to get over, Eagle Trace can set their sights on moving the crowd, which they do well.

The sound Eagle Trace is frantic, to say the least. Most of the songs give you the feeling of a classic rock vinyl playing at 45 RPMs instead of 33 (Kids, that’s how vinyl works). That energy is needed, though, because it gives their vintage rock jams a refreshing kick, rather than other bands who try to rehash the favorites from their album collection. When you see that enthusiasm coming out of a young band, it means that something good is going to happen for Eagle Trace. Be sure to watch them polish their energy and raw talent in the future, taking their music to the next level. Check out some live video from a show at the Elbo room in Chicago below.

For more Eagle Trace, check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Reverbnation.

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