It doesn’t seem that long since The Earlies released their debut album, These Were the Earlies, an album that fizzled with this indie neo-psych that drew admirers far and wide. This despite the band having a transatlantic split, with JM Lapham and Brandon Carr residing in Texas, whole Christian Madden and Giles Hatton are the other side of the pond, in Lancashire. It is a while though, eleven years in fact – but the band are back together with new material and a run of live shows, their first since disbanding after their performance at 2007’s Green Man Festival. “We’re going for a less conventional but nonetheless poignant eleven year anniversary,” says Madden of the band’s reunion. “We had planned to get together to mark the ten year anniversary of the album but we’re a slow moving entity,” he says.
The new material comes in the shape of an EP, ‘Message From Home’, from which the band are streaming the lead track Abandon. Its rich in orchestration, and it crackles with this retro psych/soul, but despite its cinematic approach and multi-layered elements, at its heart its a beautifully slow moving pop song, with the kind of sweeping melody that’s just not easy to forget.
The band are headlining this year’s Cloudspotting Festival in Clitheroe, and a handful of intimate shows. Something the band are looking forward to “It has been a long time since we’ve seen each other, it’ll be emotional and we’ll be inseparable,” predicts Christian, “small stages seem like the only way to go.”
Welcome back Earlies. Don’t you go running off now.
24th July GLASGOW Drygate Theatre
25th July LANCASHIRE Cloudspotting Festival (Headline artist) – http://www.cloudspotting-festival.co.uk/?page_id=46
28th July BRISTOL Exchange – http://www.exchangebristol.com/whats-on/events/28-jul-15-the-earlies-exchange/
29th July MANCHESTER Band on the Wall – http://www.songkick.com/artists/390555-earlies
31st July LONDON The Shacklewell Arms – http://www.songkick.com/artists/390555-earlies