The Earlies

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The Earlies
The Earlies performing at Summer Sundae in 2005
Background information
Origin Burnley, Lancashire, and Texas, United States
Genres Psychedelia, progressive rock, electronica, rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Secretly Canadian, Grönland

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. They are notable for blending elements from a wide range of musical genres and have been described as both "a very English kind of folk-psychedelia...with a smattering of Beach Boys harmonies" by The Independent,[1] and "country-meets-prog-meets-electronica symphonies" by The Guardian.[2]

They are also notable for using a large live line-up consisting of eleven members, who play an eclectic range of instruments, including flutes, a tuba, a cello, turntables, and synthesizers alongside the more traditional rock instruments such as guitars and drums.

Early days[edit]

In the late 1990s, prior to his Earlies days, John Mark Lapham released ambient electronic music, under the name Autio, on a Manchester record label, Beatnik Records. Giles Hatton also recorded as Atomic Clock for the same label.



Chart singles[edit]

  • "Morning Wonder" (2004) - UK #67
  • "Bring It Back Again" - UK #61[3]

They also recorded a cover of Tim Buckley's "I Must've Been Blind", for the 2005 tribute album, Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley.


  1. ^ Harley, Kevin (2004-10-28). "The Earlies, Scala, London - It's time to rise and shine". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  2. ^ Butler, Jim (2007-02-18). "The Earlies, The Enemy Chorus - The acme of country-meets-prog-goes-electronica". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 176. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  • Review from The Guardian of The Enemy Chorus. Retrieved on 18 April 2007.
  • Live review from The Independent. Retrieved on 18 April 2007.

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