The Earlies 2003-2007 [- 2016]

The Earlies are a band formed by Christian Madden and Giles Hatton from Lancashire, England, and Brandon Carr and John Mark Lapham from the United States. Their music is described as both “a very English kind of folk-psychedelia… with a smattering of Beach Boys harmonies” by The Independent, and “country-meets-prog-meets-electronica symphonies” by The Guardian.

The band have a large [live] line-up consisting of 11 members who play an eclectic range of instruments, including flute, tuba, trumpet, cello, hammond, synths, percussion etc.

The Earlies by Michael England
The Earlies – Graphic Design, Concept, Photography and Production by Michael England

Big Chill 2005

These Were the Earlies (album 2005)

The Enemy Chorus (album 2007)

and lots of Eps –

Labels: Names/679, Secretly Canadian and Grönland

Tours in UK, Europe and USA,

Music produced and recorded at Airtight Studios in Manchester, under Tom Knott.

AVO session – 2005

Notable Festival gigs: South by South West – Austin, Texas [2005]; John Peel Stage [25.06.05] and Main stage [22.06.07] of Glastonbury, and other festivals [GreenMan, Triptych, Haldern Pop, Leeds, Reading, Big Chill etc.]

Notable musical comrades on concerts/tours: Kevin Cormack‘s Half Cousin [with KT Tunstall who did her Jools Holland show in that tour], Merz [Conrad Lambert], Rishi Dhir [with Elephant Stone], Dawn Landes and Hem, Jackie Leven, Martha Tilston, Martha Wainwright, Micah P. Hinson, The Travelling Band, King Creosote, Regina Spector, Midlake, The Like

Notable backing band gigs: Daniel Johnston where we backed him on his visit to Manchester and the Wilderness Festival in Oxford in 2011.

Marc Riley’s Radio 6 session 11.08.2011:

King Tut’s, Glasgow – 23 October, 2004This show was not especially significant for the headline set by Mancunian psych pop group The Earlies, lovely though it was, but for the support act, Half Cousin or, more specifically, for the young singer/songwriter who had agreed 
to help out in her friend’s band for the night. While KT Tunstall trilled away happily on the recorder, her debut TV appearance, recorded earlier that week for Later…With Jools Holland, was being screened nationwide. A star was born, even though no-one in attendance knew it yet.

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Notable productions full/part albums [and live touring] for: Micah P. Hinson [2003/4], King Creosote‘s KC Rules OK [2005/6], Early Plan B [2006]..

USA Tour:

The Earlies North American Tour 2005

20 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s w/ Elf Power
21 Carrboro, NC – Local 506 w/ Elf Power
22 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall w/ Elf Power
25 Austin, TX – Emo’s
26 Denton, TX – Hailey’s
28 Tucson, AZ – Plush w/ Phosphorescent + Castanets
29 Tempe, AZ –
30 San Diego, CA – The Casbah

2 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
3 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
5 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ The Like + Giant Drag
6 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe w/ The Like + Giant Drag
9 Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
10 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
12 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
13 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
14 Cambridge, MA – T.T. The Bear’s Place
16 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Some reviews:

Hiatus til 2014/15 – mini tour with King Creosote, and a new re-union tour to play newly released music.

#360 immersive film of The Earlies at Band on the Wall 29th July 2015. Performing “One of Us is Dead”. This is a stereo version. Below.


Spawned music from Earlies’ members since 2007:

Sara Lowesmusic: played in Marina and the Diamonds, Jim Noir; solo abums are: Tomorrow’s Laughter, Back to Creation, All for the Dream, and The Joy of Waiting 

Christian Madden: Playing in Liam Gallagher, Tokolosh; solo album: The Wrecking Place, and various others

Brandon Carr: Corner Suns [on]

Richard Young: [drums] playing in Tokolosh, Neil C Young Trio, and various others

Tom Knott: [trumpet, voice, sound engineer] playing in various others

Alex berry: [bass] playing in various others

Nicky Madden: [voice, sax,cla] also playing in I am Kloot [live], Tokolosh, and various others

Gareth Maybury: [perc, tuba] playing in various others

Giles Hatton: [writer, synth] played in Black Lodge‘s Kings Arms Sessions Vol.1 + Vol.2, and various others

JM Lapham‘s music:


The Late Cord: Lights From The Wheelhouse [4ad]

The Revival Hour: Clusterchord + other Eps and remixes

Old Fire: Songs from the Haunted South [on]

Helix [Old Fire]