Eat the Evidence
THERE are some bands you gravitate towards because of their…
quality, reputation or kinship. All of that is true of Eat the Evidence but something else springs to mind: their cheeky buggers credentials. The boys, with some sly humour and rebellious jabs talk to me about their track, Tories Go to Waitrose. Being a die-hard Labour man; I was keen to see whether that was a dig at the Tories – out of touch with the real world and normal people – or there was another explanation. The guys talk about their album, Sex, Drugs & Wishy Washy Politics, and what we can expect from it. Being a band that takes shots at the bourgeois – irreverent observations and amphetamine Pop-laden slaps against the deluded – they give an honest, human and funny interview – one that paints a picture of life in the band and what makes them tick.
I get an insight into the bands/music that makes them tick; how they have similarities to artists like Sleaford Mods and The Streets; how ways they have developed since the earliest days and any advice they would offer young, hopeful musicians.
Hi, guys, how are you? How has your week been?
Hey! We’re great!
Last Saturday, we launched our album with a big party and B.B.Q. in a warehouse in Tottenham.
All our favourite bands we’ve played with in the last few years got involved and all smashed it.
For those new to your work, can you introduce yourself, please?
Five long-time friends with one last-ditch effort to tour the world.
Tories Go to Waitrose is the new one. Not a fan of the party, then?
No, we’re not fans.
But the song isn’t an anti-Tory song. It’s really just an observation.
If Eat the Evidence were elected to power; how would you change this country?
We would introduce a Frisbee tax and make sure each household has a maximum of two bouncy balls only.
In your music, one hears bits of The Specials and The Streets. Who are the artists you are all inspired by?
Nofx, Lightyear; They Might Be Giants, Ween and The Vandals.
You have emerged from The Broomcupoard in Southend-on-Sea. What is the music vibe like there? Is there quite a big and active scene for new bands?
We are actually from London.
We produced the album with Sam Duckwork, A.K.A. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. He’s a big figure in the growing scene.
In a way, you are the natural accompaniment to Sleaford Mods. Are they are a duo you take inspiration from?
We’ll check them out. Thanks for the recommendation.
I believe your album is out very soon. What can you reveal about its themes and titles?
The clue is in the name: Sex, Drugs & Wishy Washy Politics. We wouldn’t call ourselves a comedy band but we try to be funny.
The live show is about making people dance and have fun. The recordings are about the lyrics and catchy riffs.
Eat the Evidence emerged in 2014. Since then, you have played a lot of shows and been building your music. Do you think you are more confident and accomplished than those early days? What are the biggest changes that have occurred in terms of sounds/lyrics?
We have definitely sped up our tune: the faster you play, the easier it is to get people dancing.
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
If you had to select the one album that means the most to you; which would it be and why?
Call of the Weasel Clan by Lightyear.
We’re super-excited to be supporting them in October at The Garage in London. We grew up going to their shows.
What advice would you give to any new artists starting out right now?
Play as many shows as you can when you get started.
Drink Tequila on stage.
Finally, and for being a good sport, you can name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).
Junior Bill – Respectable Man
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