Public Access T.V. share ‘Patti Peru’ track, talk relocating to London to record their album
Losing their apartment to a fire, travelling the world out of circumstance - John Eatherly reflects on a mad year.
Despite being in his mid-twenties, you could consider Public Access T.V. founder John Eatherly to be something of an indie veteran. Before forming in 2013, Eatherly’s near decade within the music community has seen him gather a fair share of worldliness as a drummer for be your own PET, The Virgins, and many more. When this opinion is put to him, he’s quick to downplay any wisdom that he may or may not have, indicating that his journey so far is relatively formative. After all, he’s stealing Wi-Fi from a neighbour to take his call on Skype.
Following a recent six-week stay in London, Eatherly is back in New York, looking forward to an upcoming tour of the continent with Hinds. Eatherly sounds slightly restless, and as he expounds his impatience to hit the road again, he explains that the mood reflects his wellbeing, and actually, he’s saner on tour. As the conversation develops, Eatherly reveals he has good reason to feel unsettled as he shares the unimaginable and unfortunate inspiration behind Public Access T.V.’s debut album. Borrowing a neighbour’s connection is the least of John Eatherly’s worries.
Listen to brand new track ‘Patti Peru’ above our interview.
Did you specifically go to London to record the album?
Yeah, it was recorded at this place called Eastcote and another studio in Henley-on-Thames called The Doghouse. We went over there [London] and wanted to book as many shows as we could and doing a lot more.
How many house parties did you play after the call out?
Maybe three, but then we played a lot of club shows too. I kind of wish it was a longer trip to be honest. We were just trying to get out of New York for as long as we could.
We lost our entire apartment to a fire. Right after that, we told our manager and booking agent to book as much shit as they possibly could in London. It was weird; it wasn’t necessarily like touring. It was nice to be posted up in one place. We just wanted to get back out and avoid dealing with our personal shit out here [in New York].
Trying to avoid adulthood?
Yeah, exactly! When we were over in England playing shows, I didn’t know that we were going to make our record, but our attitude dictated that we had to do it then. It’s a combination of touring enough with a live band and playing the songs over and over again. We couldn’t have done it a year ago.
Did you have to figure out how you could perform live as you’re the chief songwriter?
That was the process that was taking place during the year of touring. A lot of the songs we recorded are songs from our live set. They’ve taken on a life of their own compared to before when I was recording myself. Now, what is coming across is the energy of a group of people, as opposed to building tracks up in a studio.
Your involvement in the industry has lasted several years now. How has your experience been different with Public Access T.V?
When I was playing in other bands I felt more like a hired gun. I was always writing songs, and if I had an idea for the bands, I’d bring it to them. I’ve been writing and recording since I was 13. It got to the point before Public Access T.V. that I was fed up not doing my own band. I’m glad that it has happened now because I have a little bit more experience and know a bit more about what I wouldn’t want to do.
When is the album coming out? Is there a title?
Early 2016. We’re going to have singles out before. We’ll probably have two new singles out before the end of 2015 and then one before the record release. I don’t want to get into that yet! I just want to keep the attention focused on our singles than the record.
What can people expect to hear from the album?
It sounds like what you hear in our live show. We did it as a band; no clipped tracks, live from the floor, and some of the tracks were recorded in the first or second take. It’s a raw album; a rock and roll album, more so than what you hear on the EP.
All the shit we’ve been doing over the past year has been leading to this. What is coming out now is what the band is and what the band is going to be. It took a lot of time to get to where we are. There hasn’t been a recording out there that represents us yet. It’s just fucking good music, man.
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