Today’s new music spotlight is on Easy Life.

Location: Leicester

Line-up: Murray (vocals), Sam (bass/sax), Lewis (guitar), Olly (drums) and Jordan (synths)

About: Easy Life are a Leicester five-piece whose early material explores that push and pull between the promise of a simpler existence, and the hedonism or temptations which occasionally threaten to get in the way. Singer and front-man Murray first met the band’s bassist and sax player, Sam, at school in the Midlands, where they bonded over a mutual love of early hip-hop, funk and jazz. Having signed up the rest of the band on the local scene, they soon began to write songs as Easy Life, mixing these more transatlantic influences with elements of indie, punk, and the less-exotic realities of rainy middle England (all in-between menial part-time jobs spanning TK Maxx and clinical trials to plucking turkeys or selling potatoes).

What Hidden Herd say: Born ten years later and raised on a diet of lo-fi slackers, Jamie T may well have sounded like Easy Life. The Leicester lot fuse guitars that ripple like the sea with kitchen sink lyrics, and are dab hands at moon-sized choruses that were made to echo around jam-packed rooms.

For fans of: Jamie T, Bad Sounds, King Krule

Next shows:‪ The band play Barn On The Farm Festival, 5th – 8th July 2018, at Over Farm in Gloucester. You can find tickets to Barn On The Farm 2018 listed on this page.

Link: facebook.com/easypeasylemonsqueezylife

Latest track: ‘Ice Cream’