Eaves at Sebright Arms
Lead singer and guitarist Joseph Lyons (better known as Eaves) and his band bring their international tour to the authentic and rustic pub Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green, hidden away behind the main road. After revealing several demos online, Eaves has now just released his debut album What Green Feels Like.
Eaves performs in the relaxed atmosphere of a dimly lit and intimate room underneath the bar, one that allows the sound of the band to saturate its entirety. The band is comprised of grounded, ordinary looking members who sat among their unknowing audience in the bar before the start of the set. As soon as the thrilling, ambient, indistinct sounds of the instruments tentatively commence, the packed-out crowd who have been waiting in anticipation hush into silence, drawn in by the dark massage of the hypnotic rhythms.
Eaves brings in several songs from the new album, like As Old As the Grave, with his individual beautifully clear and mellow voice, which, when followed by the entry of the rest of the band, gradually builds up in rhythm and tempo. Speaking with the singer-songwriter after the gig reveals a worry that he might not have played what the audience was expecting or what they wanted, as much of it sounds heavier than the acoustic recordings. The music, though, has an indulgent unconstrained quality with many unexpected chord progressions, echoing melodies and unforgettable guitar solos that envelop both the band and the audience in mutual enjoyment. There’s a mixture and contrast between the tone of the songs played throughout the evening, some intense and powerful like Purge, and others lighter and more acoustic like Alone In My Mind. This track in particular allows the detail of the exquisitely played guitar to be heard unobscured, along with the haunting backing vocals that complement Lyons’ calm but compelling voice.
To round up, the band exit the stage and Lyons plays Creature Carousel alone, leaving the audience to revel in the wonderful musical fusion created by this little known but extremely talented artist.
Photos: Alexis Stavrides
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