By Jon Milton
A couple of weeks ago we interviewed Eyesore and the Jinx and their debut EP is released today, and very good it is too. The Exile Parlour EP features two previously released songs 'Leisure Time' and 'Nightlife', which both received extensive airplay from 6 Music and the likes of KEXP and two new songs Dinner, in the Exile Parlour and The Ballad of Big Joe.
Lyrically the EP’s common thread centres on how people’s behaviours change, particularly in the pursuit of pleasure. Nightlife focuses on the nightly turf wars in Liverpool’s Seel Street and Leisure Time observes the average Brit’s unique approach to local acclimatisation when on holiday.
The two new tracks explore narrative song-writing and are therefore more story based, with the EP’s title track according to singer/bassist Josh ‘set in an online fetish forum for people with a fetish for isolation, amongst other things’ and ‘The Ballad of Big Joe’ written around the time that the Harvey Weinstein story broke out about ‘a sadly all too familiar story of a powerful man who abuses his position and is ultimately undone by his own sense of entitlement, and is quite rightly held accountable when he thinks he's above accountability’.
Production duties come from Girlband’s Daniel Fox, and you can hear a bit of his influence in places – wonderful rashes of discordant guitar breaking out in the chorus of Nightlife and throughout Big Joe for example, both of which made me think of the wonderful ‘Asbestos Lead Asbestos’ single by World Domination Enterprises from many a year ago.
Intelligent, witty and acerbic social commentary and inventive, incisive noise – what more could you possibly want?
Released on Eggy Records, the rather elegant, grey coloured vinyl version of the EP can be purchased via https://smarturl.it/THEEXILEPARLOUREP, so keep that in mind for payday next if you don’t have the readies to hand right now.