This Week’s Fresh Friday’s Featured Band is Eeek!

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Lt to Rt: Ruth, Karen, Mandy, Lucy and Danielle

It’s Fresh Friday time again music lovers, this week’s featured band is an all female band by the name of Eeek! I was lucky enough to be introduced to them last week, and let me tell you I am glad to have met them and once you hear their album your life will be all that better for it too.

Eeek is an all-gal band that hails from West Midlands in the UK, their sound is literally music to you ears, with loads of harmony-laden acoustic soul. Eeek is made up by Lucy Burton (Vocals), Danielle Wilson (Backing Vocals), Mandy Burton (Guitar), Karen Milne (Drums) and Ruth Bradney (Bass). Lucy and Danielle have the voices of angels, their vocals and harmonies are flawlessly superb, with a hint of sexy, raspy goodness, the guitars on all the tracks are phenomenal both Mandy and Ruth are crazy talented and definitely know how to make their guitars sing, and the drums on all the tracks are brilliant, Karen knows how to belt ’em that’s for sure! I love these gals, every time I listen to their album (it’s been on repeat for 2 days) It make’s me want to pour a drink and sit by my fire pit and just chill to their sounds and stare off into the fire, even in though we have started our Australian summer. Eeek’s album Love, loss and Bowling needs a top spot in your playlist, once you hear their music, you will wonder how you have been able to live without it. The gals were kind enough to do the Skatronixxx Fresh Friday’s Q&A, including Ruth who is currently travelling in Australia.

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Eeek Album Cover by Jenika

Skatronixxx Fresh Friday Q&A with Eeek

 

Presh: How did the awesomeness that is Eeek come about?

Eeek: We like you!  Lucy and Danielle sang together for years. Mandy and Karen also played in a couple of bands together. Ruth was a friend and a charity case :). L, D, M and K were playing for another girl solo musician, this disbanded, and as we all were really good friends it was a natural progression to get a band together. We played for a couple of years without a bass player, and then one cold and frosty morning, wrapped in swaddling clothes,  a package was left on the doorstep. It was pale and ginger, asking for beer and wanting to join a band, Ruth. Eeek was born.

Ruth: Eeek were birthed from a series of space pods sent from an as yet unknown, but clearly musically advanced planet. They have each been carbon dated and are all estimated to be between 2000 (mandy) and 20 (ruth) years old.

Presh: Is there any particular inspiration behind the album Love, Loss and bowling?

 Eeek: It’s pretty much in the title. All the songs are about Love- good, bad and the ugly, Loss- death and lost love, (happy bunch aren’t we!)and bowling!

Ruth: Love, Loss and Bowling, as the name suggests, is for the most part, a concept album about the struggle for scottish independence.

Presh: What is Eeek’s creative process, and is it a collective effort?

Eeek: Songs can come from anywhere, and I truly believe that they have an existence outside of us, we’re merely vessels through which they are born ( I can hear Ruth saying “Hippy”).

But songs sometimes come out as a whole, as in See You Again, You Lose and  Turbo girl. Others may start with a lyric, melody, chord progression or riff. Lucy and Mandy get the basic acoustic version together then send a rough recording from the phone to the rest of the gals. Then we get together as a band and play it through and throw ideas around. Sometimes it all falls into place straight away, sometimes it requires a little more tlc.

Before we record with John at Woodbine Street Studios, who is brilliant to work with, we work out extra guitar lines, vocals and stuff, and any extra instrumentation, like the violin from the wonderful Joe O’Donnell, and Viola from lovely Junghee Howson.

Ruth: Ruth, the bass player would generally be singled out as the main creative force of the band, with very little input from the others.

Presh: If you could work with any artist, who would it be and why?

Eeek: Thats a hard one as there are so many amazing musicians and singer songwriters out there. Prince would have been incredible on every level, Wendy and Lisa, Kate Bush, Ani Di Franco, Patti Smith,  . We all probably would say different people, so we’d never agree anyway!

Ruth: Van Gough, or any of the post impressionist painters, because they all look like a right laugh. 

Presh: Do you each have a favourite track on Love loss and bowling if so which one?

Eeek: 

Lucy – You Lose or Be Water

Karen – Be Water or Firestar

Danielle – You Lose (for the guitars and how it builds) or Be Water

Mandy – See You Again, as this one was written  for the old dogs that passed away, but the song could be for any ending, but with a positive “I Will See You Again”, or That Linda as the intro sounds like a troup of slow walking Elephants.

Ruth – anything makes her cry!

Ruth: I hate them all equally. No exceptions.

Presh: What’s next for Eeek? Will our ears be graced with another sensational album in 2017?

Eeek: Hmm, well Ruth has taken a year out to travel the world, Danielle has had a baby-well timed, and there are a few new songs on the boiler.

Ruth’s back in February so we will get back to it then, maybe an EP in 2017.

Ruth: 2017 will see the return of mediocre bass playing and classic bants. Likely to learn a new Stevie or Dolly cover. Almost guaranteed that will do a gig in dans lounge. Ruth will most certainly cry.


Firstly a huge shout out to gals for being such good sports and answers the questions and secondly how could you not love them after those answers! Below you will find the links to buy their album Love, Loss and Bowling, so do yourself a favor and buy the album and support an awesome indie band that makes unbelievably awesome music and be sure to Turn it Up!

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Links

Eeek’s Album:  Love, Loss and Bowling:

Twitter: @EeekFreek


 

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  1. You know what, Eeek are AWESOME. I went to their album launch and loved every song. I bought the album, got it signed and it was on repeat play in the car for at least 6 months and is still in my car being played regularly!
    Generally I prefer listening to instrumental music so for me to get that much into a vocal album is really extremely rare and something I haven’t done much of outside apart from Chaka Khan & Bobby McFerrin. But something about this whole album bypassed all that and connected with me in a way that was quite surprising and refreshing and a huge difference to the music I listen to mainly which is heavey jazz fusion based music. No doubt about it LL&B is a superb album and the production the vocals and musicianship on it is something the whole band can be justly proud of as it’s first class. There are albums you listen to and there are some tracks you always skip?, There are no duffers like this on their album. These days my favourites keep changing and they all stand up individually as great peices of music. When I first got the album Firestar was on repeat play for absolutely ages there was some immediate kind of visceral connection with that one and See You again.
    Delano

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