Etches announce single Love Is, to coincide with April UK tour

Posted on 5 April 2016
By Khyle Deen
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‘Love Is’ is set to be released via the Playing With Sound label later this week (8th April 2016), but you can listen to it here and now via their Soundcloud page:

Having hit the capital for their opening night of the tour, the five piece from Liverpool will take in shows at Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield over the coming weeks (full tour dates below).

Immediately accessible, and yet never predictable, ‘Love Is’ reveals a band at the top of their creative game, crafting emotionally captivating music that seems to speak directly to the listener.

Calling to mind early Editors, a stripped down Elbow, and The Incredible String Band- indicative of the scope at play here- the new release confirms their status as one of the most exciting outfits emerging from a northern city in rude aural health right now, bringing influences from electronica to post punk and psychedelia into the melting pot, winding up with something somehow familiar yet unarguably original.

Not the easiest tones to achieve, that this is as impressive in the studio as it is on stage only provides more proof of just how bright their future is, and explains why the expectations for their forthcoming UK shows are so high.

‘Love is’ is now available to pre order now from iTunes here:


1st April – Tooting Tram Social, London
6th April – Headrow House, Leeds
7th April – The Castle, Manchester
15th April – The Dog & Parrot, Newcastle
23rd April – The Rocking Chair, Sheffield

Etches have also prepared a full EP, Wall of Sleep, for sale exclusively at shows scheduled for spring 2016 which will feature the track ‘Love Is’. Veering from the stark, tender emptiness of The Great Void, its sparse vocals, hypnotic low ends and eventual wailing six strings; to the booming, far noisier guitars of Do Nothing, it’s more proof that the quintet refuse to pander to stereotypical patterns or blueprints. Instead, they create a sound that’s as timeless as it is contemporaneous.

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