The best rock music, at its heart, has a
youthful exuberance, matched with skillful playing and a good sense of
melody. It's a winning combination, but it's a rare one. And it's all there
in The Eddies. What they offer is a sonic explosion of lush, atmospheric mod
inspired melodies. True, there is more than a smidge of post punk, surf and
power-pop to be found amidst this trio's music. They wear their influences
on their sleeve with pride. But at the core of their songs is a clear
affinity to the classic tune-smithing of the likes of Townshend and Weller.
Built around brothers Dean (l vox, bass) and Dale (b vox, guitars) Hoth, The
Eddies released their first album, “In The Sunshine,” in 2004. The disc
showcased the bands original material to good effect, highlighted by tight
pop-edged rockers such as “All Alone,” and “Life Could Be So Good.” The
album picked up favorable press and airplay in 23 countries, including the
U.S., as well as Yugoslavia, England, France, Germany, Scotland, Portugal,
Spain and Australia.
Crucial to their sound, the recordings marked the beginning of a long
relationship with producer Earle Mankey (The Beach Boys, The Cramps, Sparks,
Concrete Blonde, 20/20 etc). Several drummers have kept time for The Eddies
live show since their inception, with Mankey himself providing drums for the
group's most recent studio recordings.
The Eddies next released an EP in 2006, Modern Music for Modern Times, and
kept busy through 2007 with appearances on a several compilation albums,
including “News of the World MKII” (“Queen of Hearts”) as well as tribute
albums to Neil Diamond (“Sweet Caroline”) and Squire (“Debbie Jones”). The
latter was a top ten hit on Mod Radio UK.
2008 found The Eddies looking at their roots. For their sophomore release,
“Twice Around the World,” the group paid tribute to some of their favorite
artists, covering eleven classic tracks from the early eighties, including
tunes from Squire, Manual Scan, The Risk, The Jetset, Chardon Square, The
Little Murders and The Times. This is a Friday night album, meant to play
loud, sing-a-long with and maybe even strum the occasional air guitar.
Since then, Eddies tracks have appeared on three further tribute albums,
with a single, “I Want You And I Want You,” released in 2010.
The future? It does indeed look bright ahead. Next up, a single, featuring
new versions of “Debbie Jones” and “Don't Know Where To Start” (originally
by Manual Scan, here in a duet with Mark Le Gallez). You'll also find the
band on upcoming tribute albums to The Risk and 20/20. Meanwhile, production
has begun on The Eddies third disc, Return. The band also has their sights
on releasing a concept album, as well as a Christmas album. All of which
should be hotly anticipated by music fans the world over.
Whether you are charmed by their driving originals or admiring their taste
in covers, it's clear The Eddie's continue to be a group to watch. They are
firmly in the small group of bands who manage to capture the joyful spirit
of rock that made us all fans of the music in the first place.
- Bart Mendoza 2011