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With their fuzzy, scuzz-pop bangers, Newcastle four-piece Eat Fast have raced to the forefront of the UK’s DIY indie scene. Now as synonymous with the Ouseburn as The Tyne Bar where three-quarters of the band work, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who considers themselves acquainted with local music affairs who hasn’t heard of them. This wasn’t always the case though, as when they first started out, Eat Fast were shrouded in mystery. “Hearing about artists gets boring, especially when the artist (like us) is quite boring,” says guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Pearson. “It’s a bit cringeworthy when bands have more press shots than they have songs, don’t you think? The only thing that matters is tunes. So we just felt like the less said about us, the more people might focus on the musical output, rather than our emotional X-Factor-like journey to releasing an EP called Fenham Dread(Lock).”

This deliberate cloak and dagger approach certainly worked, as it was their irresistible tunes that caught people’s attention. Their recent EP, Immortal Kombat, continued much in the same vein as their debut Fenham Dread(Lock): exhilarating blasts of lo-fi garage pop with sweet sunshine melodies, reverb-drenched vocals and soaring harmonies. Despite the sunny pop sensibilities, what lies beneath is darker, with lyrics exploring the bleaker side of life. This outlook is tidily summed up by an anecdote from Pearson about not enjoying playing live when Eat Fast first started out. “I used to get very nervous. Then just before a gig John (Edgar, guitarist) turned to me and said ‘mate, it’s sound. At the end of the day we’re all going to die.’ Given that half the songs are about that fact, it was a very comforting and loving way to acknowledge mortality.”

This is a long-term project. ‘Til death do us part and all that

Though Eat Fast’s songs are all relatively short bursts, the song writing process is no less meticulous. “It depends on song structure, arrangements and dynamics. Byker Drone took half a day, Scrambled Egg took three months.” It’s a wonder they find the time, given the rest of the band are involved in several other projects – John Edgar, Mark Brown (bass) and James King (drums) are three fifths of noise rockers Okay Champ, and Mark and James are also members of post-rock outfit Apologies. They’re all seasoned musicians too, with previous bands such as Acrobatic Society, Let’s Buy Happiness and Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister on their CVs, giving them an advantage when it comes to understanding how the ‘music business’ works.

“I think the biggest advantage we have is that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Of course, we are serious and precious about our work, but not the rest of it. We’ve all played in bands and we’ve all had our hopes up (of that make-believe ‘break’ moment where we can quit our jobs and just make music), over-thinking every decision you make, only for it to amount to very little on a recorded material scale. So now it’s like, meh, whatever… let’s just work. Don’t think about anything else. Though it is beneficial that our rhythm section is absolutely lethal and John is a fret demon with the voice of an angel.”

With two EPs and heaps of praise from the mainstream music press under their belts, there’s no stopping Eat Fast anytime soon, with a new EP on the way and plans to record their album in December. “This is a long-term project. ‘Til death do us part and all that,” states Pearson. “I’d like to do ten albums by middle age. Hopefully the release process will quicken. There is so much to do…”

Eat Fast play Cluny 2 with Mouses and Shy-Talk on Tuesday 31st October. Immortal Kombat is out now on Cannibal Hymns.

 

 

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