You’ve got to give a band credit for their confidence when their Twitter profile proudly proclaims them BEST BAND EVER. Easy Life are a band whose assuredness will divide opinion, but their shows so far have been captivating, and they’re one of a fresh crop of bands from the Leicester making in-roads beyond the city limits.
“Sam and Murray have been making music together since the age of 16 and then met Lewis in early 2016 who had previously been in bands with me” explains Olly Slaney. “We then formed Easy Life.” The band were later joined by Jordan Birtles (also of By The Rivers), filling out their current incarnation.
While the band have much in common musically, their backgrounds are wildly different. “Our background is huge, I play in my Dad’s Irish band, Murray’s a farmer, Sam’s a science god, Lewis is classic Lew and Jordan’s trying to live the life of a Rasta.”
Perhaps it’s these different backgrounds that create such a fresh take on a conventional “indie” band. “We all bring different influences to the table. We love many Hip Hop artists and listen to a lot of soul and funk artists as well. A band we could listen to on any van journey as part of the influence behind us is Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals.”
Having all grown up in Leicester’s music scene, the band have seen the peaks and troughs that seem to be part and parcel of being from a city with a.. let’s say ‘patchy’ reputation for being a hotbed of new music. “Over the past two years a lot of great bands have started coming to Leicester. Before that it was not so good – but are we gaining a new-found love in Leicester for music? We hope so.”
So what next for the East Midlands upstarts? “A finished EP will be coming your way soon. EP2 is being recorded as we speak! So, hang tight, a single will be out in the very near future.”
Photography by Matthew Cawrey