Their album, These Were The Earlies will be released on 12 July 2004 through 679. They will be playing here live next month:
- 12 July – Goodnight Club, Burnley
- 14 July – Eat Your Own Ears night @ The ICA, London
- 15 July – Band On The Wall, Manchester
- 16 July – King Tut’s, Glasgow
- 20 July – XFM Xposures special @ Barfly, London
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The Earlies will also play the Green Man Festival in Wales in August.
Read on for more info on The Earlies… THE EARLIES
Produced on both sides of the Atlantic and with a palette of sounds almost as wide; The Earlies music combines layered vocals, imaginary instruments, and subtle electronics with manipulated performances from a well of exceptional musicians on the Burnley and Manchester underground.
“Oboes, cellos, Mercury Rev-esque psychedelia, a deft lyrical touch, a tune more gorgeously soothing than a head massage from Helena Christiansen and all shot through with spine-tingling slivers of electronica” – Guardian
Residing in Northern England and Western Texas the four Earlies geographical differences and individual styles were brought together by a love of the three Bâ€™s, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, and The Beatles. All get a gracious nod on The Earlies debut album “These Were The Earlies” alongside more obscure Psychedelic, Progressive, Leftfield Pop and Country influences. With their current single “The Devil’s Country” they’re more genre defying than ever before.
“The Devil’s Country sounds like nothing else around…there really doesn’t seem any point in trying to draw comparisons, because they are quite simply a law unto themselves. And for that you’ve just gotta love ‘em” – DJ
The Earlies lovingly crafted music is the culmination of many years posting and emailing ideas back and forth. The successful honing of their chaotic ‘whoever’s available’ studio approach has recently seen The Earlies take on production duties for other artists under their Names On Records guise.
In the three years since The Earlies first started putting out their own music they’ve signed to Names records and BMG Publishing, gathering praise from an ever-widening spectrum of fans. NME said recently Rough Trade 7″ Morning Wonder is “a truly beautiful pop record… ‘Eight Miles High’ era Byrds trade super-heavy bong hits with a melodica-toting Augustus Pablo. God Bless you Earlies you are the bomb!”
The first two singles “Song For # 3″ and “25 Easy Pieces” were similarly well received. “A gem of a record…..almost indescribably cool.” said the Fly. “Truly modern chill out music” said Muzik magazine.
The Earlies singles series continued with EP4 the first release on Names. EP4 was their most perfect blend of songs and instrumentals yet. The second EP “The Devil’s Country”, a companion piece to EP4, precedes the release of the highly awaited debut Album “These Were The Earlies” on July 12th 2004.
From those first chance meetings, in Texan record stores and Manchester studios, to their triumphant, football team sized, live shows The Earlies believe their “musically simple, sonically tricky” approach should always be entertaining. With more music, live shows, radio sessions and festival appearances on the way The Earlies plan to entertain for some time to come.
The Earlies are JM Lapham, Giles Hatton, Christian Madden and Brandon Carr.