in earnest’s self-titled debut EP is out today, Wednesday 7th October 2020, with songs that could have been torn straight from the band’s personal diaries. in earnest are an alt/indie trio from Southend-on-Sea, UK, fuelled by the songwriting of front-couple Sarah and Thomas.
‘in earnest’ is a 6-track exploration of mental illness, nostalgia and hope vs hopelessness. During their formation in 2019, the band’s intention was to create meaningful art and unflinchingly honest lyricism: “We want listeners to connect, to feel something – our aim is to encourage discussion around difficult topics like mental illness. By sharing our experiences we hope to provoke thought and inspire others to start conversations as a result of our music.”
The EP was produced and mixed by Peter Waterman of Longcroft Recording (Uriah Heep, Hattie Briggs) and was solely recorded in a converted barn using mobile studio equipment. The band embraced an organic recording philosophy by opting to record full live takes, implementing minimal editing and forgoing the use of autotune. Their emotive indie noise is comparable to that of Phoebe Bridgers, Noah Gundersen and Julien Baker.
in earnest establish themes of nostalgia, expectation and identity through atmospheric storytelling and dynamic arrangements, as heard in ‘29’ and ‘Fables’. Mental illness is portrayed most prominently within the call of ‘Put Me Under’ and the response of ‘Come Upstairs’, each written from the personal accounts of the two lead singers. ‘In Between’ is a triumphant ode to individuality and perseverance, before the EP is brought to a close by the lo-fi nature of ‘The House’.
To celebrate the release. on the 9th October, in earnest are hosting a Facebook and Instagram livestream to perform songs from the EP.