Release second album ‘Meander Lines’
– out 30 March 2018 on Super Smash Hit Records –
Easter play London, The Victoria in Dalston on Thursday 19 April and Manchester The Peer Hat on 18 May
Watch video for ‘Suicidal Kiss’
“Built on 90s US alt-rock foundations – think a holy trinity of Sebadoh, Slint and Sonic Youth…’Innocence Man’ is an extraordinary listen: an immense, brooding and ruggedly beautiful journey, as monumental and carefully hewn as the carvings at Mount Rushmore or the implacable Victorian brickwork of Strangeways prison” Folly of Youth
Single: Open Grave – 20 April 2018 Live: 19 April 2018, The Victoria, London 18 May 2018, The Peer Hat, Manchester (Album Launch)
Manchester’s Easter release Meander Lines on 30th March 2018 via Super Smash Hit Records. With a moniker more be-fitting with every release, Easter’s second album is another re-birth that builds on the energy and experimentalism of their debut album Innocence Man to sculpt a far more ambitious record.
Stream opening track from Meander Lines, ‘I Lost My Pen’ here
Stream ‘Suicidal Kiss’ here: https://soundcloud.com/easterband/suicidal-kiss/s-DTejO
Essentially a snapshot of a band in development and recorded live in a makeshift loft-space studio, Innocence Man’s low-key release was well received, gaining positive online reviews whilst building a strong word of mouth following amongst those fortunate enough to discover it. Since recording Innocence Man, singer/guitarist Tom Long spent 2 years on the road as multi-instrumentalist with LoneLady, promoting her second album for Warp, while drummer Andrew Cheetham has been in high demand, touring with Kiran Leonard, Jane Weaver and a host of improv projects. In this interim the band shared ‘How You Spend Yr Time’ online and it was quickly picked by Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, yet initial sessions for the follow up were abandoned. After an intense period of writing, re-writing and whittling down a huge batch of material, the band regrouped last year for 2 days of live recording at Eve Studios, Stockport with producer Karl Sveinsson (Gnod/Vanishing) and finished the record at Queen’s Ark in Manchester’s Levenshulme district.
Meander Lines’ songs blend disparate elements, recalling the spirit and technique of Ragged Glory-era Neil Young, Television, J Mascis and more recently The (reformed) Dream Syndicate and Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band. For all of Manchester’s illustrious musical history, it’s hard to bring to mind a local act that they compare or aspire to. The free-improv tendencies of drummer Andrew Cheetham and Gavin Clarke’s guitars weave an intricate patchwork over Long’s, while Rich Clarke’s driven bass playing gives the songs energy and immediacy. The heaviness of their sound has seen them support White Hills, Rangda, Mugstar and Mono, and foster a reputation as one of the best live acts of the Manchester underground.
The title sheds light on a difficult process, as Long reflects: ‘it’s an architectural term, when city planners design paths for people to walk, meander lines are the routes they often end up taking instead – shortcuts, cutting across spaces etc. These songs had a long gestation, which became this heavy transition period for me personally and for the band as well, and this seemed to be the perfect metaphor: the strands in your life and in your head that are constantly at work; they get tangled, they unravel, they break in unexpected ways. It also fits the arc of most of our songs, they tend to be heading in a certain direction… then they veer off’.
Featuring stellar players from Manchester’s fervent underground, with virtuoso multi-instrumentalist DBH adding strings on several tracks and the ethereal backing vocals of Tekla sprinkled throughout the record, Meander Lines has the scope and vision that could see the band meet a whole new audience.
Press for Innocence Man:
“I utterly adore it when I encounter a recording that I cannot stop listening to – one of the finest things i’ve wrapped my ears round this year without a shadow of a doubt!” 5/5 Norman Records
“a lo-fi, alt-rock gem.” Big Issue London
“There’s not a weak song on the album. A masterful debut.” 8/10 Americana UK
“Built on 90s US alt-rock foundations – think a holy trinity of Sebadoh, Slint and Sonic Youth…’Innocence Man’ is an extraordinary listen:” Folly of Youth