Interview Eades: “I wanted to make it clear on our EP that we aren’t a one trick pony”

Eades: “I wanted to make it clear on our EP that we aren’t a one trick pony”

Eades from Leeds: we’ll bet they succeed(s).

“We’re not the youngest band in the world,” vocalist Harry Jordan states, looking back on the various groups Eades’ five members have been part of over the years. “We’re not Arctic Monkeys being 19 when they released their debut album. We’ve made mistakes and learned a lot.”

Having released debut EP ‘Microcosmic Things’ at the start of July, the Leeds quintet are, instead, the product of years grafting through underground music. Boasting a distinct, collaborative attitude, they share writing duties, capitalise on Harry and bandmate Dan Clifford-Smith’s production skills and generally show that a little bit of age and experience is no bad thing.

Citing the likes of Talking Heads and Joy Division as influences on their atypical blend of sun-kissed indie anad new wave, theirs is a hybrid style that also comes underpinned by distorted guitars, layered vocals, and a subtle hint of heavy noise. “We’ve learned how important it is to work out your own sound and not follow other people,” Harry notes.

“We’ve made mistakes and learned a lot.”

— Harry Jordan

With a musical past including projects rooted in dreampop, shoegaze, psychedelic rock and neo-soul, Eades have quickly begun to cross musical boundaries. It’s an eclectic outlook that writes itself all over the band’s first release. “We didn’t want to get stuck in one genre. With our first EP we wanted to have five songs that vary in style so when we do our next single it’s not a shock,” Harry explains. “I saw a documentary about Foals where their producers were talking about the fact that how they’ve changed so much is what’s kept them exciting. That resonated with me. I wanted to make that clear on our EP - that we aren’t a one trick pony.”

Instead, Eades find consistency in their shared musical passion and DIY ethos, and have even started their own label, thanks to a little inspiration from Sports Team. From dancing around his bedroom with a toy guitar and a Red Hot Chili Peppers DVD as a kid, to now having penned more than 50 new tracks during lockdown, the singer is evidently in love with the simple joys of being in a band - and with an EP that already races out of the tracks with all the excitement and energy of indie’s finest, it’s an enthusiasm that’s infectious.

“We’ve got all the different people pulling their weight,” he enthuses of Eades’ ethos. “It’s the first time I’ve been writing something I’m genuinely really proud of. I just believe in what we are doing. That’s all that really matters.”

As featured in the August 2020 issue of DIY, out now.

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