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JANUARY 09, 2007
One to Watch: The Early Years

Theearlyyears Right from the start of their self-titled debut, England's The Early Years build a growing wall of sound and things continue to expand and take off from there. Their name is apt as they draw inspiration from artists in the early years of different genres, be it the Velvet Underground (garage rock), Brian Eno (experimental ambient) or even the Verve's earliest recordings (psychedelic Britpop). Their sound was born out of founder David Malkinson's desire to create psychedelic guitar-driven ambient noise and what it morphed into is a call-to-arms to unite under a waving flag of poetry and soundscape. Listening to The Early Years is equivalent to a repetitious war chant of olden days, where a lone soldier stands atop a hill, calling out for his fellow men to join him in the fight. Fortunately this war is won with words and rhythm and hopefully no blood will be shed. The album's first single and lead-off track "All Ones & Zeros" kicks things off with bouncy, head-bopping guitars and power-crunch drums and sets the pace for the rest of the set, while the intro to "The Simple Solution" is reminiscent of Secret Machines "First Wave Intact," with the explosive, dramatic drumming crescendoing over New Order-like electro guitar strumming and hopeful lyrics. The entire collection flows and tells a story, pausing to take a breath just at the right times and pushing you to keep running when you think it's time to call it quits. The Early Years released their debut last fall in the UK; it drops in the  US, with four additional tracks and an extra EP with unreleased songs and videos on Jan. 30 on Beggars Banquet. They'll play their first-ever shows this side of the pond in NY (Jan. 25 @ Mercury Lounge) and Brooklyn
(Jan. 26 & 27 @ Union Hall).

Listen to All Ones & Zeros

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