With snarling post-punk tunes to soundtrack the farce that is Brexit Britain, Liverpool’s Eyesore & the Jinx could well be the essential new band of our times.
The politically-driven trio channel the likes of Parquet Courts, albeit with a distinctive local twist, coupling sardonic social commentary with clattering backdrops and razor-sharp stabs of guitar.
How would you describe Eyesore & the Jinx to a stranger?
“Like Tracy Barlow slapping Steve McDonald with a chainsaw.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“This could change on any given day but, The Fall have been an ever-present influence since we started. I think their willingness to experiment with aspects of different genres whilst still having their own ‘sound’ is something that we’ve been influenced by and tried to pinch from them (then again, who hasn’t). I’d like to think we also share a similar sense of humour, particularly in the characters in our lyrics.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“The gigs that tend to live long in the memory aren’t always necessarily the best ones but, more so the most unusual ones. In our short history, we’ve done our fair share of unusual gigs. The one that sticks in the memory the most was a show in Dimitrovgrad in Russia (rural Russia at that) where we played in front of 20ft bust of Lenin’s head and were flanked by heavily armed guards throughout. There’s nothing quite like the sight of a machine gun to soothe your hangxiety.”
You’re based in Liverpool – what’s your local music scene like?
“It’s been going through something of a purple patch in these last few years, and produced some of its best bands and artists for a long time, none of whom sound like they’re from Liverpool which is a definite plus. It’s all pretty diverse as well so there’s something for everyone.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“I’d highly recommend Mincemeat and their new ‘Aroma’ EP – excellent tunes to gyrate in your undies to. You should also be listening to the debut Holodrum tune ‘No Dither’ because it’s an excellent disco wig-out with a tasteful amount of cowbell – something we’re yet to master.
I couldn’t not recommend our Eggy records sister and dear friend Beija Flo either, who is writing some of the finest ballads in the land, that can soothe the achiest and breakiest of hearts. Her latest track ‘Nudes’ is the pick of the bunch.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Eyesore & the Jinx?
“We’ve got a handful of shows to see us out for the rest of the year which, at the time of writing, may take us some places we’re yet to visit. Between that, I’ll mostly be filling my days screen-shotting pictures of disgraced 90s celebrities. Liam’s modelling C&A’s new knitted underwear range, so look out for those images in early 2020. And, Eoghan will be continuing his fledgling career as a Tranmere Rovers ultra.”