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 Names/679, Secretly Canadian, Grönland
Associated acts Sara Lowes, King Creosote, Fence Records
Members Brandon Carr
John Mark Lapham
Christian Madden
Giles Hatton

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]

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

The band are notable for using a large live line-up consisting of 11 members who play an eclectic range of instruments, including flute, tuba, cello, turntable and synthesizer, alongside the more traditional rock instruments such as guitars and drums.

After a long hiatus, The Earlies will be performing a one-off festival show at the fifth Cloudspotting Festival in England in July 2015, followed by a London date.

Brandon Carr[edit]

Brandon went on an indefinite hiatus from the band to teach at ATEMS High School in Abilene, Texas, but has recently reunited with the band to record new material and embark on a brief UK tour.



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 2015-02-18. 
  2. ^ Butler, Jim (2007-02-18). "The Earlies, The Enemy Chorus - The acme of country-meets-prog-goes-electronica". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 176. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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