Eades are a big favourite around the Typescript offices. They first came to our attention with their killer single, ‘Same Guy‘ back in May. Played that track so much, my dogs began to leave the room when it came on. And then we featured their next single, ‘Forget What You Want‘ last month. So to say that I was a bit excited about this ep release is perhaps an understatement. But, then again, I am Canadian, and it turns out that understatement is our specialty, as Americans keep telling me.
Eades hail from the city of Leeds in England, and got their start playing at the Brudenell Social Club there. Half the band is also in Far Caspian, as well. Places like the Brudenell, or Melkweg, in Amsterdam, make me envious. They’re essentially social clubs and sort of co-ops that involve music, film, and the arts. I mean, what could be bad about that?
Microcosmic Things starts off with the new wave funkiness of ‘Saying Forever,’ which has this funky guitar riff that channels Chic’s ‘Funky Town.’ But it’s more than that, as the bass and other guitar sound more post-punk over a metronomic krautrock beat. Harry Jordan’s vocals are drawn down into the mix, and delivered through a spot of distortion, so it sounds like he’s calling long distance, an effect used so well by John Lydon on the brilliant PiL album, Metal Box. But Eades are more Talking Heads than Public Image Ltd. This is music for a party, with people, you know, the things we used to do before Covid?
That feeds into ‘Make it Outside,’ wherein Jordan reports that his friend said I need to de-stress. He’s right. I do. But, over a big, fat funky bassline courtesy of Dave Lancaster, and the percussion of Dan Clifford-Smith, Jof Cabedo’s drums remain metronomic, gloriously so. And then Jordan’s guitars clash and challenge those of Tom O’Reilly. We’ve got more of this funky new wave filtered through the North of England, or maybe just the North of Britain, because Glasgow’s Shopping sound to be an influence here as well.
One of the things I most enjoy about Eades is that they make it sound just so effortless. Like they woke up in the morning with these perfectly crafted post-punk/new wave ditties in their collective heads and they just needed to take a stroll down to the studio to lay it out. But lo and behold, that’s not how it works. Rather, they report:
Making the EP was a massive learning curve for us. Deciding to do a small collection of songs as opposed to a run of singles meant that we had to do something somewhat coherent. This made us think a lot about our “sound”. Thankfully because we self produced it (which was a learning curve in it and of itself) we managed to use the production to glue it all together.
And that’s kind of an interesting point, because those earlier singles, ‘Forget What You Want’ and ‘Same Guy’ appear here, as tracks 3 and 5. In the context of Microcosmic Things, ‘Forget What You Want”s African-based guitars connect with what came before in ‘Make it Outside.’ And lying between these two early singles is ‘Vivid Dream’ which begins sounding as if it was going to be the slow song before just kind of exploding out into this funky song, built up around the bass of Lancaster, and a wicked little guitar riff and the hint of Joy Division as the two guitars play off each other.
For me, ‘Same Guy’ remains the best song of the lot, which is saying something, because this is an expertly-crafted song collection. But that opening guitar riff and the drums and percussion before the other guitar kicks in and then the bass, man, this is the shit. Jordan’s lyrics about growth and change and, ultimately, staying true to one self, well, yeah. As I hit middle age, this is something I think about more and more, and whether or not 20 year old me would punch 45-year old me in the face.
Eades have lived up to their hype. Microcosmic Things is an excellent ep, beyond that. It’s energizing and glorious. And they have now set the bar for themselves ridiculously high for the future. Well done, lads!