I have to admit when I heard 'Reno' by Eades for the first time, I had to listen to it again......and again.
Eades are a Leeds based collective comprising song writers, producers, sound engineers and session musicians. The approach is completely DIY with the production taking place in Bam Bam Studios run by Harry Jordan (vocals and guitars) and Dan Clifford-Smith (drums).
'Reno' opens with "I heard he got found starting fires." delivered in unison by Harry and Tom O'Reilly (lead guitar and vocals). This song contains an array of styles. It's a garage rock track with a hint of punk and a dash of confidence, producing an upbeat, invigorating track full of attitude and fire.
Lyrically 'Reno' tells the story of someone who has snapped at the relentless nature of the rat race, and goes out to deliberately commit arson in an attempt to "save" the people around him. It is told from three perspectives of this arson attack, intended to shake people up: witnesses to the event, the perpetrator, and a beer-soaked faux-intellectual attempting to comment on the state of affairs.
Tom O’Reilly describes the latter individual:
“He’s a coked up pub philosopher who’s watched one Chomsky interview, and decides that he understands the arsonist, and has to preach to those nearby about how we’re all ‘slaves to the system,maaaan’”.
Eades have produced a track that is immediate and compulsive. Yes the influence of Parquet Courts and David Byrne are there, but that is a positive. Me? I'm off for another listen.