3 Discoveries of Lar Eade-Green No. 2

Ripped/ Twisted by Thumbuster

Sheffield now has its very own super-group in the form of Thumbuster, a three-piece comprising of members from Radical Boy (Harry Plomer), Nai Harvest (Lew Currie) and Best Friends (Ed Crisp). Ripped/ Twisted stars on the trio’s debut EP, recorded at Delicious Clam Studios (set up by Thumbuster’s very own Ed Crisp). I have been singing my own mumbly version of the track all day – I think they should release Ripped/ Twisted as their single and have my mumbly version as their b-side. On Friday I braved a downpour to get to Thumbuster’s very first show, alongside Long Limbs and The Orielles. I then drank copious amounts of alcohol and continued to tell main-man Harry about my plan to “kidnap” him from his job at our local convenience store; an idea that was first planted in my head by my dad – a fine artist trapped in a 9 to 5 office job. I will then continue to free other artists/ musicians who have to work dead end jobs and lots of super-groups will be formed!

Amitriptyline by Long Limbs

Next up, is Sheffield’s Long Limbs! I walked in slightly late to their show supporting The Orielles at The Rocking Chair but got instantly excited by them! I also want to note that The Rocking Chair later served me the strongest “single rum and coke” I have ever had at a pub. Long Limbs have released Amitriptyline and b-side Fan Fic via Delicious Clam Records!

Heroines by Free Cake For Every Creature

May5to12songs is a song-a-day project starring Bellows, Eskimeaus, LVL UP, 100%, Told Slant, Small Wonder and Free Cake For Every Creature! With 7 new uploads of musical goodness each day it has been hard to pick a track to feature but I have gone for Heroines by Free Cake For Every Creature (AKA Katie Bennett)! She also has a song called ‘(I Can’t Wait To) Walk Outside After It Rains’ and it features one of my current favourite song lyrics “roast the whole bulb of garlic and plop it in my pasta”. I love garlic.

Text by Lar Eade-Green

Issue #5 of Discoveries

3 Discoveries of Lar Eade-Green

I Was Trying To Get There But It Was Hard To See From The Balloon by Henry Demos & Lewtrakimou

Pants, jumper, headphones on tangled hair and the stamp from last nights gig transferred onto my face. I have dedicated the morning to listening to the whole 23 tracks of the Henry Demos & Lewtrakimou split and I am feeling very content. Jingly Jangly sad core: combined they have pretty depressing song titles Sad As Buckets, Useless, Worried, Starve…. And the list continues! ‘Sad As Buckets’ just repeats the lyrics “sad, sad ,sad, sad, it’s fucking sad… she’s really sad” but then there are tracks like Man, Tie A Sucker Down which make me want to sofa dance. There is also an ambience to a lot of the tracks that makes me feel like I should be listening to the album in a cathedral, with Henry and Lew dressed in robes.

Holiday by Dog Legs

Dog Legs are the duo Moe Meade and Liam Bradbury, haling from Brighton, UK. On bandcamp they are tagged as alternative, garage, indie, noise, shoegaze, pop. At HQ (my house) we have been listening to their Holiday EP cassette on repeat and have been making alternative genres for Dog Legs… so far we have come up with “direct pop” and “not beating around the bush pop”! I have never been good at remembering lyrics but find great pleasure in shouty singing the few words I can remember on loop, so a band that will release a track purely consisting of the lyrics “I TRUSTED YOU” are my kind of band!

01112014 by Sitcom

Sitcom (AKA Jake Lazovick) is bedroom pop from Baltimore. Sitcom’s latest bandcamp release is 01112015, a very colourful live album consisting of blue shoes, green hats and yellow jackets! My love for Sitcom started with Yellow Jacket (and a live version of this song features on 01112015). I remember discovering Yellow Jacket back in January, just before heading off to my night shift. I finished my shift only with the memory that I found a really great track the day before, with no idea of the artists name and no recollection of where I found it. I went on “operation search for THAT track” and then stropped when I thought the song had run away from me forever… I remember eventually finding it, listening to every single one of Sitcom’s bandcamp uploads and going to sleep happy.

Text by Lar Eade-Green

Issue #1 of Discoveries

LAR EADE-GREEN PRESENTING ELLIS OF TRUST FUND

It was the Autumn/ Winter of 2013 and I was living in a flat above a bookshop, which turned out to have a very leaky roof! We would be rudely awoken by a drip, drip, drip and begrudgingly get out of bed to try and collect the rain drops in buckets, with the water seeming to appear from everywhere. It was around this time that I got numerous tweets from Ellis (AKA TRUST FUND) asking whether he could crash on my sofa after playing a gig. The leaky roof did not deter him! These were the days when Ellis was touring lonesome with a little help from Mat Riveire. Fast forward a year or two and he is now playing with a full band and after numerous smaller releases (including a split EP with Joanna Gruesome) has just released his debut album No One’s Coming For Us via Turnstile Music!

I am very happy to present to you my email interview with Ellis from Trust Fund!

Hello, how are you today?

Eurgh, I’m ok. Can’t sleep at the moment and haven’t really spoken to anyone in 4 days cos feeling quite anxious. My dad reads every Trust Fund interview there is though, so dad if you’re reading this, don’t worry.

You have released your debut album ‘No one’s coming for us’ through Turnstile, which is all very exciting….

Yeah, I agree that it is exciting, and a couple of months on it still feels exciting to me so that’s good I guess. They asked to put it out after it was already finished, which surprised me cos i thought it was maybe not recorded well enough for them to want to put out. But they didn’t wanna change anything and they have been very supportive so far, and have let me choose obnoxious artwork (for this album and for the next album).

Reeks of Effort have released ‘No one’s coming for us’ and your EP ‘Don’t let them begin’ on cassette, as well as you having two tracks on Sick of Hits vol.2 limited edition tape… What do you like about cassettes?

Nothing really? I like them fine, but Max who runs RoE is into tapes, and so it’s his choice rather than mine. I guess to an extent it’s about resisting ‘mainstream’ formats or whatever, and trying to create space for yourself away from that, but I think the format is only a small part of doing that — record store day and stuff maybe shows how you can’t keep a format safe from big label interference cos if there’s money there then they will just come back.

When I saw you play in 2013 you were playing solo with a little help from Mat Riviere and you both slept on my sofa. You now have a band behind you, how did that come about?

I think the band just sounded better than me on my own (Mat is a great drummer so that was always good), and I gradually got less confident about playing without them, and enjoying playing with them so much more.

Are the days where you were travelling to shows by public transport and sleeping on peoples sofas behind you!? What are your top survival tips for doing tours on a small budget?

Nooo that is still mainly what is happening. I think we have stayed in a hotel a few times but it has always felt like a bizarre novelty. i don’t have any advice really, sorry. Just do what you want.

You have been on tour supporting your debut album, how do you and your band normally entertain yourself when you are on the road? Have you got any fun tour stories?

We play Jelaball.

When I saw you in Manchester you were all talking about your stage banter! How is your stage banter coming along?

Umm quite badly I think. Roxy has a thing where she makes a joke about “#TheDress” at every show. I think it is pretty hilarious but either people have never heard of the dress in some cities (including Cardiff and London which seems unlikely), or they have a very short/selective memory. It is usually met by silence.

On your 7 date Feb ’15 tour you travelled from Bristol to Glasgow so I am sure you have spent lots and lots of time on motorways. What is your favourite service station?

They are all the same to me except for Tebay which I dislike.

I did a Health degree and can’t help being a little concerned that bands will struggle to have a healthy balanced diet when they are touring. I can just imagine everyone eating copious amounts of crisps from service stations. What is your staple diet when you are on tour?

Umm I have a lot of M&S salads? And a lot of crisps but crisps make me feel bad. Sometimes I sit in a massage chair at the services but they aren’t on and it’s uncomfortable.

What are your favourite veggie/ vegan places to eat?

In Leeds (where I live now) it is probably Grove Cafe or New Ho Garden. Although what I mainly like from New Ho Garden is things in satay sauce, but my friend Emily told me how to make it and now I can do it myself kinda.

What have you been listening to on repeat recently?

Infinity Crush and also just people talking to help me sleep.

I see that you are on the Green Man line-up!! I went there last year and it is such a beautiful festival. What else do you have lined-up for 2015?

Not much else in the summer, maybe another couple of shows. Then Autumn/Winter will be busy hopefully.

You can get yourself a copy of No One’s Coming For Us here

Interview by Lar Eade-Green
Answers by Ellis