Let's face it: You hear the phrase "Fresh-faced, home-schooled, God-fearing, sibling popsters from small-town America," and you think Hanson or maybe the Osmonds, and then you giggle, shudder, and quickly move on, right? The Texas-bred band Eisley, which comprises five youthful members of the DuPree family (who took their moniker from the spaceport in Star Wars), has spent the past several years dispelling the notion that this particular backstory can only lead to lame music. Last year's Room Noises, the quintet's debut LP, is dreamy and enchanting -- think Sixpence None the Richer at its most gently romantic, mixed with the moody sonics of Pink Floyd or Radiohead -- with sophisticated arrangements and complex emotions made all the more impressive by the fact that primary singer-songwriters Stacy and Sherri DuPree were only in their mid-teens when the songs were penned.
The pair's harmonies are heavenly, and while their fantastical lyrics frequently tumble down a rabbit hole into Wonderland or through the back of the wardrobe into Narnia, the overall effect is charming rather than cloying. Despite the fivesome's demure demeanor, they're fearless -- Eisley has spent the past year opening for such not-so-like-minded acts as Taking Back Sunday, Hot Hot Heat, and Brand New, and, from all accounts, winning over the skeptics along the way.