London punk crew EAT DIRT. are pleased to announce that they have signed to Bearded Punk Records and will release their debut album Death Is Death on 3rd June 2019.
There’s no elaborate story surrounding EAT DIRT. What you see if what you get. They’re just a bunch of musicians who needed a place, and head space, to get creative, away from the mess of life in modern Britain—this band is and outlet for the frustration, anger, and rising tide of disenfranchisement that’s sweeping the country.
Formed in 2015, they’ve supported Pears, A Wilhelm Scream, The Filaments, Sheer Terror and Death by Stereo, and have fast been making a name for themselves on the UK underground punk scene with their high-energy live shows and no bullsh*t approach.
The band’s forthcoming debut album Death Is Death was recorded in two studios—the music was laid down at The Silk Mill in Stafford, engineered by Tom “Bash” Bishop, with the vocals and mixing recorded at Monolith Studios in Tottenham, produced by Charlie Wilson. In what seems to be becoming typical fashion from this band, there was no mucking about—the whole album was recorded in a day and a half.
With their self-titled debut EP fuelled by rage against small-minded Brexiteers, and 2018 follow-up Welcome To Shithouse-On-Sea musing on being trapped in a dead end town surrounded by people “too wrapped up in what they don’t have to realise what they do”, a concept album about death might not necessarily be the obvious next step for the band...
“The album covers a lot of stuff, but it is mainly about death,” admits vocalist Ben Mills, grinning maniacally, like The Cheshire Cat. “The lyrics are mostly rooted in the fear of death, the acceptance of it, and coming to terms with the death of friends and family. It all came together quite strangely, we never went out of our way to write a concept album. It just...happened.”
In terms of the music, though, it’s business as usual for EAT DIRT., and that means fast-as-f*ck punk rock with plenty of bile and energy thrown into it. “We’re better at it though, I think,” muses Mills on the band’s development, “We’ve found a sound on this album for sure. It was almost entirely influenced by the ‘90s Epitaph Records discography and The Crazy Taxi soundtrack.”
Make of that what you will.