We held our launch at the beginning of the month with Wild Fruit Art Collective headlining, a real Liverpuddlian thunderbolt of a band. Until then, our primary focus had been on the scene brewing in London, alongside bands from a myriad of places that weren't all too far.
Now, we rotate our periscope north, to Liverpool. Whilst Wild Fruit remain amongst our favourite bands, Liverpool is seemingly crawling with other such bands that channel the same kinda gross and grimy influences into truly reptilian music. The bizarrely named Eyesore and the Jinx are our latest obsessions. Fire-breathing, yellow eyed grottabilly music on show, as they proudly unveil their debut single Gated Community.
At SEE YOU MATE, we regard it as our civic duty to inform you on such groups, and so here, Josh Miller dishes the dirt on the things that make the group tick.
Who is in the band, and how did you form? Can you tell me about the name?
The band consist of; myself on bass guitar and vocals, Liam Bates on guitar and Eoghan Robinson on drums and cowbell. Loads and loads of cowbell.
I met Liam many years ago, when I formed an unfortunately short lived boy band. He wasn't in the band as such but just started showing up to rehearsals and hasn't left since. Eoghan was brought to us as a gift from one of the many musical pied pipers in Liverpool who had heard myself and Liam were considering becoming a two-piece garage rock band. Aware that the world didn't need another one of those, we were introduced to Eoghan and the rest as they say, is history.
The name Eyesore & the Jinx came after months of exchanging what I strongly believe to be some of the shittest band names ever to be suggested by any group of people, live or dead. It was agonising, and as you can tell we fell down something of a rabbit hole, and never clawed our way back out. I like it though. I think the images that it conjures are an accurate way in depicting how we sound.
It seems like there's quite a scene brewing in Liverpool right now. How's the city influenced your music?
There is indeed. In the brief time we've performing in Liverpool as Eyesore & the Jinx we've come into contact with a smorgasbord of local eccentrics each as talented as the other. We've just released our debut track on Eggy Records which is becoming something of a collective for those that are slightly more left field than the usual radio friendly garb. The label itself is run by local nudists Jo Mary and they've so far released music from Wild Fruit Art Collective, Beija Flo, Bill Nickson and the Blurred Sun Band all of which is well worth your time.
Aside from Eggy there a number of bands for those of a heavier persuasion who have taken us under the wing and both given and regularly attended our shows. Our first gig came from Ali from Strange Collective who happened to de-camp outside our rehearsal room one day and then book us for their bands all-dayer despite us not having a name at that point. Rehearsing in the same room were Ohmns who also organise and run shows throughout the city. They've so far given us gigs with the likes of DUDS and Mark Sultan of King Khan & the BBQ.
The scene itself feels communal and it's all without ego. The bands attend each others shows. They act as roadies, sound techs and drug dealers to one another. It's healthy and the standard is through the roof. I think its influence is rife throughout our approach.
Tell me about Gated Comminity.
It's a song from the perspective of disgruntled neighbour, who's becoming increasingly irate at the threat of outsiders encroaching on what he perceives to be his land. It also acts as a metaphor for the increasingly high profile anxiety surrounding borders in the wake of Brexit and previously Trumps wall.
Have you got any anecdotes about the writing or recording?
Liam, our nimble fingered guitarist and chief van driver, used to play the rockabilly riff regularly as a warm up exercise. Eoghan played along and the international smash hit you hear today was born. For months no one could understand what the words were. I also have a fear of titling songs (it's a ridiculous commitment to ask a person to make) so without a title or, the band knowing the words we set about recording.
We used our dear friend Matthew Freeman's studio. It's a former slaughterhouse on the banks of the Mersey called Fresh Goods. It's littered with liquorice cigarette papers (Matty's preference) and each wall is adorned with gold sequins. There is also a picture of Cliff Richard that sits proudly on top of Matt's mixing desk. I daren't ask about it. It was recorded completely live and Matty worked his magic. It was on hearing the lyrics that the band became aware of the ridiculousness of the song. And then naturally we decided to release it as the first single.
What influences, both musical and non-musical do you have as a band?
Our musical influences are the usual suspects, The Fall, The Cramps, The Birthday Party, Suicide etc. Non musically, we're influenced by the most vile aspects of British culture. Mainly it's politics. Occasionally it's celebrities.
What does the future hold for Eyesore?
We're doing as many shows as are disappointingly, average, little bodies will permit. We're also recording our second single in Fat White Family's studio in Sheffield in July which all being well will be out before the end of the year.