Story: Jack Foley
CALIFORNIA-based Earlimart, who release their third LP, Everyone
Down Here, on June 9, are to play their first ever tour of
the UK later this month.
The band, currently the second most added on US college radio
and riding high in the CMJ Top 30, play the following dates as
support to friends Grandaddy, in addition to the listed headline
JUNE (with Grandaddy)
Tuesday, 10 - Birmingham Academy 2
Wednesday, 11 - Bristol University
Thursday, 12 - London, Astoria
Saturday, 14 - London, The Metro Club
Monday, 16 - Cardiff, Barfly
Tuesday, 17 - London, The Barfly NME night
Earlimart is the brainchild of producer, Aaron Espinoza, and
is centred on his Ship Studios complex in Eagle Rock, Ca.
The band is comprised of Aaron Espinoza (vocals, guitar), Ariana
Murray (back-up vocals, bass, keys) and Davey Latter (drums, keys).
The Ship is a burgeoning co-operative of musicians, film makers
and artists that has also undertaken production work for and with
The Breeders, Elliot Smith and The New Folk Implosion, to name
but a few.
The original incarnation of Earlimart were known on the West
Coast for their heavily distorted post punk sound and riotous
shows, where all the equipment generally left the stage before
the end of the show.
Taking advantage of, and inspiration from, the collapse of the
first incarnation of the band, Espinoza has developed this sound
on Everyone Down Here, to encompass a more introspective
and orchestral collection of songs.
However, the old fury still surfaces on tracks such as We
Drink On The Job and Susans Husband Gunshop,
in bursts of adrenaline fuelled buzz pop.
Throughout the LP (which will be reviewed in due course), the
twisted take on the small town lives of the USA that was Espinozas
home before his move to the metropolis of LA create a world of
lost friends, strange encounters and intellectual isolation whilst
still seeing a brighter tomorrow.