The Easter Island Statues
|The Easter Island Statues|
The Easter Island Statues live in 2009
|Past members||Alex Craggs
The band was formed by singer/guitarist Don Campbell and bassist James Askwith in Leeds in 2005. The band then went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Alex Craggs, who formally joined the band in 2007. They eventually went on to become the first band to release material through UK indie label Rerecord Records with their Neanderthal record.
The band had since made it a custom to release their EPs through Rerecord Records on the Easter Day of each year.
Circa the Neanderthal EP, the band's sound was described by the press as "garage pop that still has a firm grasp of the pop reins". The Easter Island Statues moved south from Leeds to Oxford in 2010.
Songs are written by Campbell, with Askwith and Craggs making their musical contributions to the arrangements. Songs by The Easter Island Statues are mostly about feelings, the weather and feelings about the weather, but also occasionally deal with other concerns such as funeral pyres. There are also recurring themes regarding the ocean, specifically the Pacific Ocean, in songs such as "30 Feet", "International Flight" and "90 Degrees".
The Easter Island Statues have been noted for their simple and primitive use of language. Campbell's songs lyrics typically feature wordplay, alliteration and obscure references. An interest in outer space also appears to have influenced some songs.
- Neanderthal (2010)
- Don't Hassle Me (2011)
- Spoil The Dog Tin Foil The Child (2012)
- Don't Hassle My Neanderthal (2014)