Commenting on social media isolationism and how this feeds into the Brexit-mentality, with their twitchy, socially minded psychobilly, feels natural for Liverpool trio Eyesore & The Jinx. There’s no plan to be a ‘political band’, it’s purely the result of writing about what they see and feel in their lived experience.
They are surrounded by likeminded musicians in a burgeoning Merseyside scene, fostered by label/collective Eggy Records – pile down to a show here, pick up a bass guitar to fill in there, there’s a messy, organic feel to this community. This however belies the precision and clarity with which one of the scene’s chief proponents deliver invigorating and sardonic post-punk, drawing on Ought, Parquet Courts and murky pioneers The Fall.
From these local foundations their sphere of influence is quickly expanding. New single On An Islandwasproduced by Jonathan Hartley from iconic Liverpool psych-surgeons Clinic and have recently spent time in the studio with Fat White Family’s Nathan Saoudi in Sheffield, as well as recording tracks with Daniel Fox from Girl Band.
On An Island is a thematic follow on from last year’s debut single Gated Community, which tackled modern society’s obsession with borders. It draws parallels between the way that social media, contrary to bringing people together, cultivates isolation. This scales through communities to a national level, the paucity of social connection conditioning an inward looking shared mentality. Or as vocalist Josh Miller puts it: “On an island” is a sweet and tender ballad dedicated to the cultural residue of post-Brexit Britain. Where endorsers of teeth whitener, protein shakes and 2 for 1 cocktails are as influential as the reptiles in Westminster.”
just over a year ago, the three-piece have built up a community of support
across the Northwest with high profile shows with Protomartyr, Duds and Downtown Boys. 2018 saw the band play Liverpool Sound City, Smithdown Road Festival and Liverpool Calling alongside IDLES and The Wytches.
The band are made up of Josh Miller (Vocals/Bass), Liam Bates (guitar), Eoghan Robinson (Drums).
Eyesore & The Jinx’s new single On An Island is out via Eggy Records (Wild Fruit Art Collective, Beija Flo) on January 31st.
January – Bido Lito! Social, Outpost
(formerly Maguire’s), Liverpool
1st February – Picture House Social, w/ Phobophobes, Sheffield