Eades sign to Heist or Hit and release new single ‘Former Warning Cluster’
Arriving close to fully-formed in 2020 with a slew of exhilarating singles, and a debut EP that earned praise from, amongst many others – FADER, NME, DIY and BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 (Jack Saunders), KCRW – Leeds quintet Eades could be forgiven for resting on their laurels for a time. No such move. The collective are brimming with confidence, and have harnessed their stakhanovite work ethic to explode into 2021 with raucous new single ‘Former Warnings Cluster’, their debut release with Manchester tastemaker label Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Hannah’s Little Sister).
Like New York Bowery clubrats misreading the instruction manual for British post-punk, their sound is assembled somewhere within the shifting textures of rhythmic convulsions and low-fidelity rawness. Having four songwriters and two producers at their disposal it’s little surprise that the band pack a pluralistic punch, taking in new wave, art-punk, noise-rock, garage rock and 90s alternative. Newest addition Lily Fontaine is the latest to add another view-point to the sonic stew and processes.
Well-rounded, they channel that rare alchemy of a group with heart, brains, and an ear for a hook. Perhaps some of this sharpness is derived from their DIY approach; all songs are cooked up in the band’s own subterranean Bam Bam Studios. This time around too there’s a new element in the mix, matching the addictive, high-stakes rush of an Eades live show by committing their recordings straight to tape. As lead-vocalist Harry Jordan explains:
“Former Warnings Cluster is probably our most ambitious recording yet. We’ve always felt we didn’t match our live sound, so we decided to shake up the process. It was recorded live in my basement, with vocals and a few overdubs added later. This allowed us to be a lot more free with the performance, speeding up and slowing down to take the song on a bit of a journey. It was also the first time we’ve ever recorded to tape, which added a load of other hurdles to overcome, but I think the final product is a lot more true to who we are as a band moving forward.”
Eades‘ unique and captivating energy just shimmers throughout this new release. A daring and darting unpredictable angular explosion, Eades know how to write compelling compositions with an insatiable hook and Former Warnings Cluster delivers just that.
Eades have created this dramatic creation which fills their immersive vision with infectious riffs and gripping angular infliction piercing through the aura. A fierce drummer pushing the ferocious momentum with the dedicated beats and fills and precise stop-starts, continuously working hard to gain traction and adding in some key cowbell to create a lasting feel-good atmosphere. This is such a vivacious arrangement, the confrontational yet melody-driven vocal harmonies fusing with the glistening hooks, the combination just explodes.
The lyrical themes tackle failed attempts at altering paths towards self-destructive tendencies. Unresolved rhymes and breakdowns in syntax serve to echo these themes of inconsistent, chaotic thoughts, and the inability to stick to new routines. As Harry elaborates:
“It’s about getting into good habits and then ruining them; about reinventing yourself time and time again to no avail. It follows a protagonist who ultimately ends up in the gutter thinking over the red flags he’s ignored as an ambulance approaches.”
Building on an exciting start to life as a band by signing with Heist or Hit, 2021 feels set-up for Eades to demonstrate a staying power born of ruthless enthusiasm and ever-growing precision, and ‘Former Warnings Cluster’ is an attention-grabbing first jab.
Eades are Harry Jordan (Vocals and Guitar), Tom O’Reilly (Lead Guitar), Dave Lancaster (Bass), Dan Clifford-Smith (Drums) and Lily Fontaine (Synths, Percussion, Backing Vocals).