If lo-fi punk pop is your bag, then Eat Fast are definitely your new favourite band. Even if it’s not for you, it’s hard to deny that the Newcastle-based four-piece are bloody great, and undoubtedly one of the more interesting guitar bands leading the way in the North East’s musical renaissance.
They aren’t messing around either... well, kind of, by writing rambunctious, fuzzy and ridiculously catchy tunes with a socio-political underbelly. Think Yuck or Fidlar if they were radge as fuck (excuse my Geordie, look it up). 2016 has been a particularly successful period for the band, suddenly propelled into the indie zeitgeist (a juxtaposition if there ever was one), selected to play the Introducing stages at Leeds and Reading festival, prime radio play, and guest spots on the The Guardian and DIY’s respective ‘ones to watch’ for 2017 lists. Not that they are fazed by any of it. Early releases like “Byker Drone” and “Fenham Dreadlock” were accompanied by glowing neon artwork that was equally eye-catching and disturbing. These tracks urged you to explore the graffitied urban jungle that birthed the band, crammed with frontman /songwriter Adam Pearson’s upfront lyrical observations and memorable chorus lines aplenty.
That exact same hook-laden ingenuity has made their latest single “Public Display Of Affection” one of the most exciting tracks to come out of the region in recent years. It’s an absolute fucking belter: super-charged, anthemic noise-pop for a new generation of nobodies, careering through a car-crash of modern romance with the help of Pearson’s blunt realism. In a world hell-bent on destruction and increasingly afraid of its youth, Eat Fast have arrived right on schedule. With an album ready for release this year and plenty more festival slots on the horizon, you’d be a fool to ignore this bunch of talented Geordie shit-stirrers. Gather round lost souls, here is your solace.