Leeds New Wave/Post-Punk quintet release razor sharp new single ‘Vivid Dreams’
Debut EP ‘Microcosmic Things’ out July 10th via Bam Bam Records
As one final preview of their debut EP ‘Microcosmic Things’, Leeds New Wave quintet Eades release razor sharp new single ‘Vivid Dreams’. Akin to The Strokes, The Walkmen or Public Access TV in its taught post-punk inspired rhythms, it’s built around an earworm of a guitar hook in place of a traditional chorus.
Some things in life come easy, whilst others endure their fair share of agonising over – song writing is no exception. Rock history is littered with examples of classics coming together in 20 mins, as studio budget was running out, or a B-side slot needed feeling, or inspiration simply struck.
Less apparent in the mythos are the tracks artists toiled over, shelved, revisited, and twisted in a search to get right. Belying its concise simplicity ‘Vivid Dreams’ falls into the latter category.
Twinkly notes shimmer for your first introduction before an abrupt and infectious riff takes charge of the proceedings, drums and beats working hard to gain traction and create a lasting feel-good atmosphere. Such a vivacious arrangement, with brooding vocal harmonies fusing with the glistening hooks. Vivid Dreams is a track that can capture the summer in one single, Eades have created a track resonating in honesty, slight melancholia, and more importantly a hit that will be remembered and ingrained into their audience.
Frontman Harry Jordan speaks on this long gestation period, and the drive to get it finished:
“This is probably the longest we spent working on a song, and one of the earliest songs written for the band. It’s been through countless version and mixes but I just didn’t want to ditch it. I knew there was something there, particularly in reference to the detailed lyrics written with a close friend of mine. It started almost drum and bass like but after a lot of jamming I think we got it somewhere we’re proud of.”
This reference to a writing partner isn’t new. Harry has worked with them on a few tracks, in detailing their struggles with addiction, and time spent in and out of rehab over the last couple of years.
This writing partner elaborates on the titular themes:
“It’s about the day after a long night when you’re scared of the outside world, and the elements feel like they’re conspiring against you. The last line is a response to the first verse, with the sun giving you a false sense of comfort. It’s about the fever dreams you have when you wake up with prickling skin.”
This considered attitude to their musical and lyrical content, engaging with issues both personal and wide-ranging, exemplifies an eyes-open approach to the world and their music’s place in it. They recently raised close to £1000 for the NHS with proceeds from an especially recorded standalone single.
Arriving close to fully-formed in intention across sound and message, their breezy self-confidence, born of time spent cutting their teeth around a fertile scene in Leeds, has started turning heads across the board, with FADER, NME, DIY, KCRW, The Line of Best Fit, DORK Magazine and more lining up to call themselves fans.
‘Vivid Dreams’ by Eades was self-produced and is out now. Debut EP ‘Microcosmic Things’ is out on July 10th via Bam Bam Records.
Eades are Harry Jordan (Vocals and Guitar),Tom O’Reilly (Lead Guitar), Jof Cabedo (Drums), Dave Lancaster (Bass), and Dan Clifford-Smith (Synths and Percussion).