Formed in Athens, GA, Easter Island is an ambient dream-pop act fronted by brothers Ethan and Asher
Payne (guitar and keys) and Ryan Monahan (guitar). Their sound has been likened to Explosions in The
Sky, My Bloody Valentine, DIIV, Pedro the Lion, and more. The band’s falsetto vocals and panoramic
guitars are countered by its powerful rhythm section – John Swint (drums), and Justin Ellis (bass) add
gravity to an otherwise weightless sound.
Throughout Easter Island’s career the band has had the opportunity to share the stage with David Bazan,
Cindy Wilson (of The B5s), The Low Anthem, Bully, Wild Nothing, White Rabbits, Valley Maker, and more.
The band’s debut record Frightened (2012), led to a number of television syncs, including ABC’s “Off The
Map”, MTV’s “Awkward”, and a recent live appearance on CW’s “Dynasty" which aired in 2019.
The past six years have seen the band working in various studios all over the country on their new record
while touring the U.S at large, including appearances at SXSW, CMJ, Treefort, Underground Music
Showcase, Secret Stages, and AthFest in their hometown of Athens. They traveled as far as Japan to
work on new material and to film the music video for the single, “Island Nation”, which was premiered by
Paste Magazine. The band’s follow-up single, “Always Room For Another”, premiered on Billboard in fall
In 2020 the band found itself spread out among five different cities and so they leaned into the
separation and produced five music videos - featuring each member in their respective city.
Produced and engineered by Ryan Monahan, the songs received additional engineering from Mike
Albanese at Espresso Machine Recording and mastering from Joel Hatstat at High Jump Media in
Athens, Ga. The new record draws on influences ranging from Sufjan Stevens and Max Richter, to The
Never Ending Story. The band completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in early 2020 and
their sophomore LP, Take All The Time You Think You Need, is now available.