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Listen: Etches – “Let’s Move In”

4 Oct


Autumn is here, the nights are drawing in and as the clocks prepare themselves for their bi-annual game of hopscotch the darkness will be ever more prevalent. Apt then that this time of year has seen the emergence of a new band who seem suited to the shadows, and that features the kind of low, brooding vocals that wouldn’t be out of place leaning alone against a wall, staring off into the middle distance, a near imperceptible look of anguish and melancholy etched into their face. All while retro-sounding electronics, drum beats and cymbal splashes bubble softly underneath. This then, is the sound of Etches.

Based out of Liverpool, though the members come from all over the country, this five-piece have managed to cook up quite a musical jambalaya for their debut demo, “Let’s Move In”. Dashes of Interpol, White Lies and even Noel Gallagher are mixed in with an 80s computer-game electronic pulse that twitches like an ECG machine monitoring the vitals of a relationship in intensive care.

It moves slowly along, not plodding or cumbersome but determined, measured in its monochrome introspection and analyses. Bold splashes of colour and light are added in choruses that reach out beyond the walls and out into the wilds of the countryside beyond. It’s perfect for those long autumnal evenings.

A video for “Let’s Move In” will be released later this month and there is also a remix from the wonderful Strangers on the way as well.

Etches Live Dates:
October 15th / Mello Mello / Liverpool / with Fun Adults
October 23rd / A Nation Of Shopkeepers / Leeds / with Beaty Heart
November 1st / The Castle / Manchester / with Beaty Heart
November 6th / Hoxton Bar & Kitchen / London / with Beaty Heart
November 10th / East Village Arts Club / Liverpool / with Glass Animals

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Free Download: All We Are – “Cardhouse”

23 Jun

There’s a thin line between madness and genius and while voluntarily choosing to spend weeks holed up in an isolated cabin, lost within the wilds of a Norwegian forest, does sound more than a tad bonkers, for All We Are, it could prove to be an inspired move.

Ostensibly from the musical hotbed of Liverpool but with a smattering of Brazilian, Irish and Norwegian nationalities in their background, this three piece found that this isolation provided more than just a quite place to work, explaining that their surroundings “rubbed off on the way some of the guitar lines actually sound, particularly in Cardhouse…”. If that is the case, expect to hear many more tales of bands disappearing into the wilderness in the near future as the result is quite something.

“Cardhouse”, lead single from the band’s brand new EP We Hunt, is a sprawling, swirling festival filling track. It has a whole military drums, folky feel to it, not dissimilar to that currently being peddled by the amazing Of Monsters And Men, but with less fantastical tales of beasts and myths. Infact, “Cardhouse” is very much more focused on the fragility of life, of love, and how quickly and easily the house of cards you have built for yourself can come tumbling down. This frailty is echoed throughout by the ethereal melodies and vocal harmonies. It really is rather lovely.

The We Hunt EP is out digitally today on Payper Tiger Records. Click for your Free Download of the wonderful “Cardhouse” and while that’s doing it’s thing, check out the video below.

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