You may not noticed, but I’ve been away for a while. I’m not the only one though. The Early Years were one of my favourite bands a few years back, but after seeing them at a few memorable gigs (notably their support slot at this amazing Electrelane Scala show), they seemed to disappear completely. But they’re back. They’re loading up their effects pedals and are heading down to CAMP Basement to play a reunion show tomorrow night.
I already knew about their new single (their first release in over three years), but my excitement about the gig got pushed up a notch yesterday when the above video of their rehearsals for the show suggested that they were back on blisteringly good form. They seem to have distilled all of what they were best at on their debut album, which is mainly their pounding krautrock rhythms and layered shoegaze guitars.
There will be a good few of the old fans down City Road tomorrow night, but hopefully there will be a few new ones to be converted to The Early Years cause. This gig and new single holds out some hope of a more permanent regrouping. We can hope…
Videos for the new single tracks:
For those not at the gig, the ‘Complicity’ and ‘Fallen Star single is out next week on seven inch orange vinyl via Sonic Cathedral. It will also released digitally next week as the ‘Memory Case’ EP, adding ‘Like A Suicide’ and ‘The Computer Voice’, the two tracks from the band’s 2008 single also on Sonic Cathedral.