Leeds quintet Eades may not have been around for long, but boy have they made waves during their youthful stint on the scene. A run of acclaimed singles throughout 2020 has seen the band land on the radar of countless tastemakers, turning heads right across the country despite being unable to tour.
Friday 10th July sees the release of the band’s debut EP, Microcosmic Things; the promise of which has kept them busy throughout the chaotic time which has been lockdown. “We actually recorded the whole EP (and some other bits we will be announcing in the future) before lockdown, which was lucky because it gave us a lot of material to put out whilst we can’t gig or get together and record. However we’ve spent pretty much all of the lockdown recording demos for a second EP, as well as demoing over 30 tunes for an album we are looking to put out after our second EP.”
“As well as myself, Tom and Dave also write everyday so we’ve got a lot of ideas we are excited to start recording when lockdown is over. Overall though it's been pretty good for me to just get my head down and churn out as much material as possible so that when we can gig again we can jump straight into it with a bunch of new tunes.” Tells frontman Harry Jordan.
The band is formed of Harry himself, Tom O’Reilly, Jof Cabedo, Dave Lancaster and Dan Clifford-Smith, two of whom (Harry & Jof) are also members of Far Caspian’s live band, something which Harry agrees has given them a bit of an edge in making a breakthrough as Eades. “It’s definitely helped my confidence a lot as a musician and a performer, getting to play bigger venues like Electric Brixton or Paradiso in Amsterdam and touring with bands you admire. Also I feel like your musicianship improves a lot on tour because you learn a lot of lessons you can’t from the comfort of your practice space. Especially now I'm singing it's been a good ease into it rather than feeling like I'm jumping in at the deep end.”
“We’ve also already put in a lot of the graft you normally put in as a band starting out, making all the mistakes you make which I've definitely learnt from and feel a lot more prepared for now. Whether it's committing to musical ideas or just gig etiquette with sound engineers it's all stuff you learn the more you do it. Though most importantly it's given me the confidence to back what we are doing and not get hung up on silly things. The others have all played in other projects like Edgar Duke, Dorsal, Isaiah and the Moonwaves as well so they've had similar experiences.”
While the process of being in both bands, and touring as both bands is relatively similar, there’s a big difference in actually ‘being a part of’ and writing with Eades. “With Far Caspian, Joel Johnston (AKA Far Caspian), records and writes everything then we jump in to play live so we don't have a whole lot of creative input. It's a Tame Impala kind of situation. “
“I started Eades out on my own as a solo project to use as a more creative outlet, but after releasing a demo on Soundcloud I quickly realised I was much happier playing in bands, so I got the rest of the guys involved pretty quickly. Now Eades has become really collaborative which is great because you get to bounce off different people's ideas and inspirations etc. Sonically I'd say the two bands are really different as well. Both our roots are in lo-fi music but Far Caspian have a more dreamy / shoegaze thing going on, whereas Eades is influenced by punk, new wave, garage rock and stuff like that. I've always liked my music a bit rougher around the edges.”
And that’s exactly where Eades get their edge, the three singles taken from Microcosmic Things each offer a different side to their sound. On Same Guy, they’re plucky, energetic and brimming with breezy confidence, then on Forget What You Want they lean back towards those garage rock influences and blend them with indie-pop guitar lines to create something which although simple sounding, is actually intricately put together.
Vivid Dreams is the third and final preview from the EP, a track written by Harry and a poet friend, “we sometimes like to collaborate because he loves lyric writing and I love doing the instrumentals, this was one of the first sets of lyrics he ever gave me about a year and a half ago now when I just started writing tunes for Eades. It's about that feeling when the sun comes up after a night out and you've not gone to bed yet, and how the sun feels like your worst enemy. He’s had a tough time over the last few years and when I got the lyrics they felt so raw and honest. I think a lot of people can relate to them in one way or another.
“It probably got demoed more times than any other song we've written. It started out with a more drum and bass groove bit it didn't really fit with the rest of the songs and then I had a super chilled version, but I think we eventually got somewhere in the middle. I wanted it to show our more post-punky energetic side which we’ve been leaning towards in our writing a lot recently.”
If you’ve taken in said three singles, you too will know that Microcosmic Things is set to solidify Eades as vital players in the new music scene. This is a band who have taken their experiences and varied tastes to their advantage, coming out of the woodwork with a plethora of music written to an exceptional standard while remaining very much their own.
The forthcoming EP is an introduction to the band and everything they’re about tells Harry, “Within those five songs there's a bit of punk, new-wave, funk, psych, garage rock and disco. Then we wanted to use how we produce and mix the tracks to keep them coherent. There's another track you’ll hear on the EP called ‘Make It Outside’ which is kind of like a sister song of 'Vivid Dreams' lyrically and musically. We also wanted to keep the instrumentation as minimal as possible which was a fun way of making sure each part had a real purpose, which I think helped give the EP a ‘sound’. The limitations allowed us to be more direct and basically strip the unnecessary fat you hear in a lot of music these days.”
It’s needless to how competitive the new music scene is these days, but should Microcosmic Things reach the ears it is deserving of there’s a good chance that Eades have well and truly cracked it.