Spotlight On The World: Bakers Eddy
Born in New Zealand, based in Australia, Bakers Eddy write simple, three-chord rock songs with poignant ferocity.
Formed as a distraction from their skateboarding obsessions and high-school boredom, the band are free-thinking with an impressively positive outlook on life, determined to make music their livelihood, but mainly so they don’t ever have to do a proper day’s work.
Entering their third year as a band in 2018, they’ve racked up some notable support slots with the likes of Gang of Youths and Highly Suspect and are now beginning to build up a following of their own.
There’s hints of American pop-punk sounds in their work, such as Fall Out Boy’s perpetual fast pace (a clear influence on tracks like ‘Big Man’)
Yet it’s Britain’s classic punk rock sound, made famous by the likes of The Clash, that stands out particularly in the vocals of ‘Good Decisions’.
Bakers Eddy merge these transatlantic influences to keep it fresh with each release, avoiding repetition and mundanity. Their lightning fast dirty rock’n’roll sound effortlessly matches the happy-go-lucky nature of the Kiwi band.
It’s aggressive for sure, but there’s a playfulness to their tunes that make them pleasing to the ear. They write choruses that invite you to sing along, their songs usually capturing the mood felt by angst-ridden teens the world over.
Earlier this year, they released an EP, ‘I’m Not Making Good Decisions’, which showcases their range of influences and desire to resonate with their audience across the 6 tracks. ‘Good Decisions’ is the title track of their latest EP, and a clear highlight, leaning toward the British side of the punk rock spectrum. Similar to the modern day sounds of Shame and BlackWaters, it’s loud and infectious, with a simple structure yet one that encourages you to dance. The track captures the origins of the band, not wanting to get a “proper job”: “could’ve been a doctor, could’ve been a lawyer”, whilst the chorus is a prime example of their desire to create something catchy yet meaningful, that will resonate with their fans: “I’m not making good decisions”.
They’re a fun band who don’t take themselves too seriously, while writing tunes that are varied and memorable. Check them out!