Share New Track ‘Reno’ via Heist or Hit
Leeds quintet Eades release fervent, vital new single ‘Reno’ via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Brad Stank).
From the bellowed opening line on ‘Reno’ – ‘I heard he got found starting fires!’ – delivered in unison by Harry Jordan and Tom O’Reilly, you get the sense that Eades are a gang you want to be a part of. Gorging on the eclectic sprawl of the guitar-music cannon, and latching onto the traditions that get their blood pumping, the resulting maelstrom of sound is at once joyous, snarling and invigorating.
Harnessing a pluralistic punch of new wave, art-punk, noise-rock, garage rock and 90s alternative, rarely does a band approach such a wide array of styles with equal proficiency. Subsequently self-produced, and recorded live a la inspirations Parquet Courts, Pixies and The Strokes’ early work, there is an energy alchemised by the confidence each individual member has in their craft. This is amplified by the psychic connection established by hours of practice, and the rough and tumble of auxiliary commitments as an indie-band in 2021.
The track itself is a situational story of someone who has snapped at the unforgiving nature of the rat-race, and goes out to deliberately commit arson in an attempt to ‘save’ the people around him from monotony and apathy. Told from three perspectives: witnesses to the event, the perpetrator, and a beer-soaked faux-intellectual attempting to comment on the state of affairs in a way that sounds much more profound than it really is, as lyricist Tom O’Reilly describes:
“He’s a coked up pub philosopher who’s watched one Chomsky interview, and decides that he understands the arsonist, and has to preach to those nearby about how we’re all ‘slaves to the system, maaaan’”
It also contains a voiceless character from Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. “Did you hear he got shot down in Reno? The shooter had no reason but to watch a man die`, report the general public during the second verse. “I liked the idea that the character in our song goes on to get shot by Johnny Cash in Reno.” – highlighting the cyclical nature of indiscriminate violence. The sense of territories being (re)discovered again highlights the band’s forward looking respect for musical history.
Whilst the song is intentionally not offered as social commentary, rather a farcical glance laced with self-awareness, the drudgery of the personal grind was part-inspiration. As Tom concludes:
“At this point in my life my CV looks like an A-Z of all the different 9-5 ruts you can get stuck in, so it’s unsurprising to me that the words and the delivery of Reno quickly fell out of me.”
That immediate introduction to the punchy riffs and scratchy guitar tone, elevated by the buoyant beats and raw vocal notes, Eades continues to dazzle in all they do. The energy of this ambitious outfit is simply striking, there’s no way you can’t fully embrace their impressive commitment captured within each note, rhythm and intensive passages. A robust and raw essential piece.
Once again, Eades have perfected their ability to meld their musical buoyancy with a lyrical path that’s deeply relatable. Fusing this bold blend of sharp textures, piercing angular guitar notes and brash yet mighty percussive led beats that become this dense atmosphere for the vocal notes to brush against. A mighty new arrangement with this lasting impression.
Eades have made some impression in their short career so far. A hefty work ethic and prodigious ear for a tune has seen the band release numerous singles and EPs in a short space of time, this body of work earning press takes at The Guardian, FADER, NME, DIY, Brooklyn Vegan and more – with DJs at BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq) and Radio 1 (Jack Saunders, Gemma Bradley) also supporting.
Eades are Harry Jordan (Vocals and Guitar), Tom O’Reilly (Lead Guitar, vocals), Sam Wilde (Bass), Dan Clifford-Smith (Drums) and Lily Fontaine (Synths, Percussion, Vocals).
‘Reno’ is out now via Heist or Hit and was produced by Harry Jordan and Dan Clifford-Smith.