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Easter Island Statues
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Background information
Origin Oxford, UK
Genres Alternative, Beat, Indie rock
Years active 2016-
Members Donald Campbell
James Askwith
Tom Hitch

Easter Island Statues are an English alternative beat group from Oxford, UK.

Background

Since forming in 2016, the Easter Island Statues, consisting of Donald Campbell (guitar/vocals), James Askwith (bass/trumpet/french horn) and Thomas Hitch (drums) have been percolating eardrums and irritating the man in hometown Oxford, London and further afield with their paradoxical brand of brass-injected alternative rock.

Campbell and Askwith initially bonded over a shared love of Neutral Milk Hotel, the Pixies and The Beatles. After finding drummer Tom Hitch, the band began recording their debut 6-track EP, Why Don't You Live in the Garden?, which was released on 15 December 2017. On 25 July 2019, the band released their second EP I Wouldn't Worry About It.

Musical style

Songs by the Easter Island Statues are mostly about feelings, the ocean and feelings about the ocean, but also occasionally deal with other concerns such as funeral pyres. There are also recurring themes present on many songs, including drowning in the Pacific Ocean, apparent in songs such as "30 Feet" and "International Flight". Some keen-eyed maritime historians have construed this fascination as being an homage to the risks involved in the ancient Rapa Nui ritual of tangata manu, however these claims have been roundly dismissed by the band. An interest in returning to outer space also appears to have influenced some songs, most notably "I Want To Return To Outer Space".

Influences include Beat Happening, The Beatles, The Lucksmiths, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nirvana. The band's sound has been summarised as "Thousands of horses pouring down the side of a hill"

Discography

Extended plays

Title Extended play details
Why Don't You Live in the Garden?
  • Release date: 15 December 2017
  • Formats: CD, digital download
I Wouldn't Worry About It
  • Release date: 25 July 2019
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles

Title Single details
"Laika"
  • Release date: 11 October 2018
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"Skeleton Quay"
  • Release date: 19 February 2019
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"Teddy"
  • Release date: 12 July 2019
  • Formats: CD, digital download


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