Made up of Darren Houghton, James Ross and Danny Pullar, the name comes from a legendary nightclub & music venue in Eindhoven, Holland. Based in the West Midlands (Houghton, Pullar) and Melbourne Australia (Ross), The Effenaar recently released a debut album in ‘Ways Longest’ which spans years of life experiences and stories that need telling, all to a backdrop of lyrically adept and musically pulsating indie electronica. The album was produced by Jon Simcox and was released through Jump The Cut Records. Reaction to early singles ‘Android’ and ‘Happening Again’ have resulted in the band landing a publishing deal with Australian heavyweights Mushroom Music home to DMA’s, Chet Faker, Julia Jacklin, The Temper Trap etc.
Follow up single Urges is a combination of introspection tangled up with the absurdity socially and politically at the time of writing. Stream of consciousness added to the mix and a track put together and laid down at 5AM during a weekend writing session. It was around that game show style election for PM and everyone and everything seemed very weird in the country at the time. Couldn’t escape it and was all encompassing. The track started life as an 8 bar loop in an MPC built around an acid inspired bassline, which with addition of guitars, samples and additional synth lines grew into more complex arrangement. Additional A-side Shift like Urges is a filtering down of a whirlwind of media and extreme social confusion and divides over many of the big topics of the last couple of years. Turning on the TV to hear “fresh gunshots” the all round sense of unrest. Danny had a few new ideas at a studio session to play and the sounds for shift grabbed me straight away..it felt a bit nostalgic with a ravey feel about it and it felt right for what I was doing and writing about.