Like rain falling from a bright, clear sky, Eastern Barbers let guitar lines trickle through double-tracked melody cracks on their new single 'Blue Flakes'. Brothers, Ross and James Fernandez hail from South-East London, which might have something to do with the melancholy desolation that sewn into their writing.
RAW MEAT: Tell us about your local music scene; what’s your favourite local venue, are there any record labels or stores that we should look up, what’s the scene like where you're from?
EASTERN BARBERS: The scene in South-East is mental – I know it’s being commented on more and more so now, so I guess most people get what it’s like down there. It’s all more organic and natural than any other area and venue-wise there are so many little hidden gems dispersed in and around the residential areas. It’s weird 'cause growing up and roaming around our mum and dad always would point out bars like the Montague Arms where they would go to see the resident pianist who was blind, or the Amersham, where our dad had his first intimidating encounter with our mum’s older brothers. But, yeah, they would tell us stories of how these places used to be, so to be hanging out in them now is cool.
Name one track or band that you love from the past.
Still got a lot of love for the indie bands from the 2000s – had a proper thing for bands like Cajun Dance Party, Late of the Pier and Tom Vek. Delving slightly earlier than that, probably… Ja Rule, LL Cool J, Fabolous ('Can’t Let You Go' is a banger).
Name one track or band that you're loving right now.
James is loving Jitwam’s LP. Today, I woke up to Moses Sumney’s album which is proper nice. Also been listening to a range of German hip-hop – currently on the new album from this guy from Hamburg, Estikay.
Name one track or band that you think we should be listening out for in the future.
She’s already made it but 'On Broadway' by Nancy Sinatra.
What are you up to now?
We just went out to get some stuff to cook lunch, gonna make Okonomiyaki. Basically you just mix the Yamaimo powder and flour with water in bowl and add veg, egg and tenkasu. Then you fry the batter with pork and flip it up like a pancake.
What can we expect from you next?
We’re working on putting together a video for ‘Blue Flakes’; back in the studio this weekend to finish adding live elements to some of the tracks we’ve been doing at home and hoping to get a little EP out at the beginning of 2018. And we’re working a lot with other cool acts and artists on visual stuff and photography bits.
Eastern Barbers' 'Blue Flakes' single is out now.