Sometimes a band comes along a totally knocks you off your stride with their combination of songs, sound and imagery. For me EAT are one of these bands.
Ever since the mysterious North Easterners dropped their first track ‘Byker Drone’ I’ve been spinning it on repeat, eagerly awaiting the follow-up, and ‘Byker Lime Slicer’ does not disappoint.
In much the same way that the song names follow a pattern-plus-difference approach the fuzzy-scuzzy-pop formula remains but with a symphonic edge attached. The spiraling and continuous lead-guitar lines remind me of current darlings INHEAVEN, whilst the almost whispered vocals recall vintage My Bloody Valentine, a lazy comparison perhaps, but one that’s borne of the tremendous influence the ’90s group had on so much modern guitar music.
However, throwing together a bunch of chords and adding extreme distortion and reverb has been the trick for a lot of mediocre acts recently; the sense though with EAT is that these guys are the real deal.
Time will tell I guess, but I personally can’t wait to to see what springs out of the next song-box they offer us.
Words by Lewis Lloyd-Kinnings
Generator North East, The Manse, Kingsland Church Studios, Priory Green, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 2DW
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