Post-punk trio Eyesore & the Jinx released their debut single ‘Gated Community’ just last May on Liverpool’s Eggy Records, following it up with their second single ‘On an Island’ in January this year. Their politically charged social commentary with a hint of gallows humour has been a hit both live and online, leading them to become one of the most hotly tipped bands in a burgeoning Merseyside scene.
Their third single ‘Swill’ arrived in back in April, but where their previous two releases focused on what a shit hole Britain has become, their latest takes aim at the right-wing press that played a major role in taking us to this point. Produced by Daniel Fox of Girl Band alongside Matthew Freeman of Birkenhead’s Fresh Goods Studio, they dedicated ‘Swill’ to “the odious, perpetrators of moral panic, in all of its loathsome forms.”
In the fourth of our series of interviews with the Future Yard line-up, we spoke to Eyesore & the Jinx about their music and their upcoming appearance at the festival.
For someone who may never have come across your work before, how would you describe your music? And if you could recommend them one of your songs, which one would that be?
It’s like a Twitter feed for your ears. Mostly unhinged gibberish. The occasional idle threat and an unfathomable amount of anger. It’s all set to deeply sexy and very aggressive music.
As for picking one song, I couldn’t possibly. They’re our babies and we have nothing but tender feelings for all of them – even the ugly ones. That said, if any of them had made us any sort of money, I would have said that one. Tryna’ run a business here, at the end of the day.
Who or what have been the biggest influences on your sound?
In terms of musical influences, it’s all the usual suspects really: The Fall, DEVO, The Pop Group, James Brown and Ultrabeat. All of those musical influences coupled with a morbid fascination for disgraced early to mid-90’s pop culture figures have led us to exactly where we are now.
How well do you know Birkenhead and wider Wirral area?
Fortunately for us, we’ve become increasingly intimate with Birkenhead in recent years. The studio that we do almost of all recording in is based in the heart of Birkenhead’s red-light district. During our time in the studio we’ve become well acquainted with the area and the diverse range of characters that Birkenhead spawns. Myself and Liam (guitar) are yet to sample the delights of the rest of the Wirral, though.
Elsewhere, our drummer Eoghan bears the mark of the ‘CH’ post code and was born and raised in the heart of the leisure peninsula, so he knows it like the back of his little, wooly hands.
What’s your favourite festival memory, either as a performer or as a fan?
We’ve not been in the showbiz racket for too long, so we’re yet to play very many festivals. Last year though, an Italian restaurant owner – a fully grown, entrepreneurial man – cried real tears, not of joy but of pure despair as we played to a two thirds empty Italian restaurant on a Saturday night. The other third of the restaurant was full of people quietly eating carbonara. It transpired that he’d been coerced into booking musicians as part of a multi-venue, inner-city festival, and assumed we were some sort of lounge act – the name ‘Eyesore & the Jinx’ conjuring images of smooth jazz and crooning, apparently – and he was understandably devastated when he realised that this was very much not the case. Unfortunately, and through no fault of our own, said restaurant has since closed down which is a shame, as the carbonara looked quite nice really.
As a punter, my favourite memory was the ‘Poo Girl’ incident of 2009 at Leeds Festival. A turd of a festival ironically. For those who don’t know the details of the story, I’ll leave it to the imagination. But, I’ve always wondered if she had her mouth open, when it happened.
Apart from yourselves, who would you recommend people go see at Future Yard?
A bunch of our chums are playing so I’d recommend catching SPQR, Spilt and Strawberry Guy. And obviously, all of the Eggy Records heads who are appearing over the weekend – Beija Flo, Wild Fruit Art Collective, Bill Nickson, Uncle Jane and Stores. Going to have a mooch and see what the Emotion Wave lot are up to as well.
We like what we’ve heard of Squid and Black Country, New Road so far, so will have a peep at them, and then watch the headliners too. So, in short, I’d recommend all of it.
Why should festival goers take time out to come and see you play? What can they expect from your performance at Future Yard?
First and foremost, they should come and see us to get their money’s worth. As reasonably priced as that ticket is, you’ve got to rinse it. Particularly in this economy. Can’t be shooting the shit at the bar with Steve from HR when there’s an audio buffet the size of a Scouse Holy Communion on offer. Especially when it’s in the cultural epicentre of the Wirral.
As for the performance itself, they can expect heavy perspiration. The kind of perspiration that makes the audience wince in dread at the prospect of any potential splash back that’s likely to arise from sudden movements. Also, I’m a chronic mumbler. So, no one will be able to understand a single, fucking word I say. Other than that. Expect half an hour of hits.
Eyesore & the Jinx will be performing at Future Yard on Saturday 25th August in the Bloom Building at 19:45.