Music Discovery 03/08/2016
EASTERN BARBERS are a 4-piece band from south-east London, crafting a healthy reputation
for merging rose-tinted indie vibes with a budget electronic undertone, formed by
Ross Fernandez (Vocals, Guitar), James.f (Percussion), Bill Purbrick (Bass) & Raph
Their debut EP Everybody’s Elsewhere follows two well-received singles
in Shallow and Topless Youth which demonstrate a collective musical intelligence amidst
budget home-production. EASTERN BARBERS’ ever developing authentic and infectious
identity has drawn early comparisons with King Krule, Jamie xx and Bombay Bicycle Club
from BBC Introducing, Huw Stephens @ BBC R1, BBC 6 Music & NME Magazine.
Everybody’s Elsewhere EP gives a mature insight into a new generation of decayed suburban
sub-culture. The raw and romantic tones that engulf Fernandez’s esoteric lyrical lines
sit on a combination of live instrumentation and teasing samples collected by James.f and
Fernandez respectively, whilst on extensive travel and residence in Latin America,
Turkey, India and Japan. This paves the way for the bold and emphatic leading
single Maya. This moody clarion call juxtaposes fictional eye-witness accounts of
Mexican colonisation with an appreciation for otherness and an acknowledgement of
reintegration. Thrown in are the confused observations made by these uninspired sons of
commuter belt dwellers.
Fernandez and co build on a realistic depiction of the monotonous South East through lofi
Ill-Timed State and funky bass-driven Holloway. The EP culminates in the
dynamic White Eyes; an insight into the earlier indie/guitar influences that have since
been balanced out by a more lo-fi, jazzy style.
Stepping into the studio for the first time as a band, Everybody’s Elsewhere EP was
recorded and mixed in a church steeple at Islington Arts Factory by Michael Griggs (The
Little Unsaid, Dear Pariah). The quartet drew highly on their experience of studying and
recording in classical and jazz surroundings to work their way around the
formalities without losing the ‘bedroom-effect’.
This year, the band have performed at venues such as The Barly, Camden; on the main
stage at Brixton Splash; for Music Day and in packed-out venues such as The Finsbury, 93
Feet East & The Islington. EASTERN BARBERS have developed a loyal following in southeast
London and Hackney, with Fernandez making a solid name for himself in a saturated
open-mic scene. EASTERN BARBERS will start 2016 with a show in February for Good Karma
Club – a new showcase night by Abbie McCarthy @ BBC Introducing.
Alongside the release of Everybody’s Elsewhere EP, Fernandez will play a number of solo
shows in Berlin and travel to Turkey and East Africa. James.f is continuing to produce
beats and serve Bao. Bassist Purbick is writing ‘Dogs the musical’ and battling with a
local landlord in New Cross to keep running his infamous monthly clubnight
‘Puff’. Dalzell will continue sofa hopping, reading, writing and reaping the
social rewards of unemployment. These experiences organically fuel the multifaceted,
tender sound that EASTERN BARBERS endeavour to nurture.
Ill Timed State, the second track taken from our EP Everybody’s Elsewhere.
Upcoming Shows (London)
Feb 24 @ The Islington for Abbie McCarthy, BBC Introducing
Mar 19 @ The Lexington
Apr 7 @ Servant Jazz Quarters