On An Island – Eyesore & The Jinx
Video created by Mat Greaves

Eyesore & The Jinx kicked off a successful 2019 with the release of their second single ‘On An Island’ on 31 January via Merseyside collective Eggy Records. The song was produced by Hartley, a member of one of Eyesore’s favourite local bands, Clinic. The track was released on the day the first Bido Lito! of the year came out. Eyesore & The Jinx were not only the cover stars, but they also played a sold out headline show promoted by the local music magazine at Liverpool venue, Outpost.

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Words: Christopher Torpey
Photos: Robin Clewley

After extensive local radio support the previous year with Eyesore’s first single ‘Gated Community‘, ‘On An Island’ achieved national success and was an instant hit with Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, who chose the track as his Livener, resulting in plays on 4 consecutive days. After picking up a further play on his ‘Recommends’ slot and airing a ’60 Second CV’ introducing themselves, the track was then selected for the Roundtable, and won. The track was also brought to the attention of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio One, when Drenge were special guests on his show and gave it a spin.

This national radio play resulted in interest from promoters nationwide, and they were swiftly announced as an early addition to the Rockaway Beach line up, which is coming up in January 2020. Eyesore headed down to play their first London show at a packed out Social for So Young Magazine, supporting Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard. A great introduction.

At the start of the year PRS Foundation announced that they were to pilot a special regional version of their Momentum fund, partnering with the Liverpool City Council. Eyesore & The Jinx were awarded a £5k grant to pay for recording and promotion to help them further their career and grow their audience at a very key time for them.

Liverpool played host to the BBC 6Music festival in March, which involved Eggy Records taking over SOUND Basement to showcase their roster, headlined by Eyesore & The Jinx. A busy weekend for the band, as they spent the rest of it recording the first two tracks of their forthcoming EP in Fresh Goods Studio in Birkenhead, with Daniel Fox from Girl Band and Matt Freeman who owns the studio.

At the end of 2018 Eyesore first went in to the studio with Daniel and Matt, which worked so well that it was a no brainer to continue working together. The result of that first session was ‘Swill’, which became the band’s third single, released 24th April.

Eyesore & The Jinx – Swill
Artwork: Mat Greaves

This third single enabled the band to continue picking up national radio support, with early support from Huw Stephens on both BBC 6Music and BBC Radio One and further support from Tom Robinson, along with Jon Kennedy at Radio X. They also popped in to see Dave Monks at BBC Radio Merseyside for a chat on air.

Further gigs in London, popping dow to Brixton Windmill followed by another appearance at The Social in May, this time headlining Huw Stephens Presents. They also opened for Leeds band Drahla, in Liverpool.

The Eggy Records fold of artists and bands were thrown into the spotlight when Paddy Clarke popped up to Liverpool to write this piece on the label and their community for NME, featuring Eyesore as “Scouse-indie’s next big thing”.

Heading in to June and after featuring on Emily Pilbeam’s Monday Mixtape show on BBC West Yorkshire, they play their first show with Hull’s Bdrmm at Emily’s noisy night at Oporto. Their next outing is in celebration of Bido Lito!’s 100th issue, as they play ‘Inside Pages’ at Constellations, Liverpool – right before headliners, Clinic.

Eyesore & The Jinx at Inside Pages

Liverpool is a UNESCO city of Music, and often collaborates with other cities as part of the UNESCO Creative City Network. As part of the ‘UK Russia Year of Music 2018’, Eyesore & The Jinx were selected with two other local acts to pop over to Ulyanovsk in Russia for a week-long trip, which included two festival performances alongside creative workshops with local musicians. You can read about the trip here.

Eyesore & The Jinx at Intersection of Music Festival, Ulyanovsk

In July Eyesore appeared on the Music City stage at Liverpool International Music Festival in Sefton Park and then August Bank Holiday played at Bloom Building in Birkenhead as part of the inaugural FUTURE YARD festival in Birkenhead, headlined by Anna Calvi and Bill Ryder Jones.

The EP they recorded with Daniel Fox and Matt Freeman now finished, apart from some tweaks to the mix, meant that planning was well under way for what felt like the next phase of Eyesore & The Jinx. New single (taken from this EP) ‘Leisure Time’ was released on 24th September. Coverage on this kicked off with a fantastic piece by Ryan Leas for Stereogum, which really captured the band’s progression. Huw Stephens gave the single its first national radio play on release day on BBC 6Music, standing in for Steve Lamacq. The single received playlisting on both Spotify and Apple Music.

Eyesore & The Jinx – Leisure Time
Video by PSTL CSTL

Their next London show followed, they headlined The Waiting Room for Eat Your Own Ears, joined by fellow Eggy Records artist Beija Flo and Podge. Eyesore then headed down to Portsmouth and then Brighton for debut shows in those cities, they then headed back North to do a slot at Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival before headlining Smithdown Festival in Liverpool on the same day.

The next bunch of shows included a Salford appearance supporting Ice Baths, a Liverpool Halloween gig with Ohmns (dressed as three of the Spice Girls), a headline London show at The Finsbury for Hidden Herd and then back to Chester to celebrate Restless Bear’s first birthday before headlining Eggy Records’ Sea Bass V at SOUND Basement in Liverpool.

The support continued to build, especially when it came to global radio play. Notably, KEXP’s breakfast show host John Richards provided ‘Leisure Time’ with multiple plays, before it was then selected as ‘Song of The Day‘.

Eyesore were also invited to showcase at Eurosonic 2020 in Groningen and were announced in the second wave of artists, alongside the likes of Dry Cleaning, Sinead O’Brien and lots more.

Eyesore topped off the year by playing another show with Bdrmm, this time at The Victoria in London for Egyptian Elbows. Their track ‘On An Island’ featured in Steve Lamacq’s round up of the year on his BBC 6Music Recommends show and they were featured in Dork Magazine’s 2020 Hype List.

2020

Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up:

  • 12th January – LIVE – Rockaway Beach Festival, Bognor Regis, UK – TICKETS
  • 16th January – LIVE – Eurosonic Festival, Groningen, NL – TICKETS
  • Next single release
  • 28th February – LIVE – Odd Frog, Barrow in Furness, UK – FREE ENTRY
  • 24th March – LIVE – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton (headline – House of Joy), UK – TICKETS
  • 25th March – LIVE – Shacklewell Arms, London (headline – Eat Your Own Ears), UK – TICKETS
  • 28th March – LIVE – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool (headline – Harvest Sun), UK – TICKETS
  • EP release

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