At first I felt like I was late to the party with
The Earlies. Here was this collection of musical
internationalists that had joined together to create
a set of music on their album These Were The Earlies.
They've started getting exposure in the music press,
and even played live on KEXP. They even have a song
that's been on the charts in the U.K.
As it turns out, the party's just getting started.
The audience at the 400 Bar was not big, maybe just
under half capacity, but the people that came out
were definitely there because they had heard The
Earlies before and liked what they heard. So it's
early on in the story of The Earlies.
Dedicated experimentalists make up this band, and
it comes out even more in a live show than it does
on the album. Lots of manic keyboard blips live side
by side with indie rock guitar stylings. Package that
with a minor nod toward indie pop and you start to
describe where The Earlies come from. They
also come from both Manchester, England and Texas.
They had anywhere from 7-10 people onstage, and some
of them pulled out interesting equipment, like the
keyboard as a wind instrument (see the photo slideshow
link below). The energy was good. Their craft was
"I like what the girl with the cello is doing,"
someone in the audience yelled out. It was the beginning
of a lot of talk back and forth between the band and
the audience. This become enough talk that at one
point (when it reached an almost praise-like aura)
the keyboardist said "after the show, perhaps
we should all cuddle."
The band's current single, Morning Wonder, was definitely
one of the high points. The song builds into a nice
apex of energy and sound, and when played live, became
a dynamic and living sonic representation of what
The Earlies are about.
They band played for about an hour, and consistently
attempted to reach beyond the sounds that mere mortals
can make, choosing loftier ambitions of trying to
transcend anything normal and ordinary. And that describes
the band aptly. Lofty attempts at music that moves
beyond the scope of being regular in favor of something
new, fresh, and experimental.