Eades unveil eagerly awaited new EP 'Abstract Education'

Updated: May 5

Credit: Devon Chambers

Despite being the new kids of Heist or Hit, Eades’ reputation is already commendable. With their dynamic take on new-wave punk, the group have the North-West music scene in the palm of their hands, having received acclaim for their previous releases, which burst with streaks of magnetic flavour. With such a notoriously acclaimed sound, their new EP ‘Abstract Education’ was eagerly awaited by listeners, which may have added extra pressure on the group's shoulders. Lucily, they didn’t disappoint. Combining old favourites with fresh tracks, this latest offering from the band is one that hones in on the unique outlook they hold- for electric, engaging results.

Beginning with new track ‘Smoking Hour’, the group waste no time warming up. Almost immediately, we are greeted with twangy riffs, a bouncing bassline and lead singer Harry Jordan’s drawing vocals that lead the track along. It’s a welcomed introduction if expected, that is until the middle eight. Suddenly, the tempo shifts and we are greeted with a magnetic guitar solo, much to surprising delight. It’s a subtle reminder that while rooted in punk Eades outlook is truly unique, unafraid to surprise and shock.

As the EP unfolds, we hear singles come littered in between new offerings. Tracks previously released as standalones such as ‘Present In The Moment’ and ‘Coltrane’ seems to burts new life when in the mix of a full fledged release. However, it’s the new tracks that are most exciting. ‘Laptop Glow’ is short, but deliciously sweet, bursting with shining, experimentalist electronics, and thundering drum beats. The following track ‘27 Years’ burts with charisma. Hazy synths, brief electrics licks and an occasional cowbell support a chorus you can’t help but sing along to, all combining to make a track made for the stage. In these new offers the group seems to expand their music to include more influences and sound than ever before. while still staying true to the foundations that make it theirs.

The final track is ‘Former Warnings Cluster’, undoubtedly the group’s greatest track. Featuring an unforgettable back-and-forth in the vocals, another round of scorching guitar solos, a racing middle-8, and a chorus that oozes with post-punk flair, it’s track encompasses all the Eades is. A fitting ending to an EP that does a phenomenal job at introducing the band’s sound, and all the weird and wonderful whistles and bells that go along with it. We can only hope that this release is the start of something massive.