The Early Years (band)

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The Early Years
Origin Hackney, London, England
Years active 2004–present
  • David Malkinson
  • Roger Mackin
  • Brendan Kersey
  • Phil Raines

The Early Years are a rock band hailing from London, UK consisting of members David Malkinson (Vox/Guitars), Roger Mackin (Guitars), Brendan Kersey (Bass) and Phil Raines (Drums).


The band came together as a trio in 2004 through a mutual love of German 'krautrock', early electronica, art rock, noise and psychedelia. Other shared influences all encompassed elements of noise, repetition, sonics and song which became key elements in The Early Years sound.

The band were initially championed by Radio 1 DJs Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens and XFM's John Kennedy, the subsequent radio play that followed brought them to the attention of Beggars Banquet Records and after signing a three-album deal in late 2005, The Early Years released three E.P's and their self-titled debut album, all to widespread critical acclaim.

Following the debut album release in 2006, old friend Kersey joined the band on bass and they embarked on numerous UK tours and performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival, Truck and Standon Calling. They recorded various live sessions for Radio 1 and XFM, won fans in Brian Eno and Can vocalist Damo Suzuki (who personally invited them to perform as his backing band for a one-off improvised show in Dec 2006) and toured Europe and the States including a string of shows in New York and a number of performances at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

After a self-imposed hiatus put the band on hold in 2008, various formations of the band recorded two further albums, both of which remain incomplete and unreleased. The full band resurfaced in 2011 with a new double A-side single 'Complicity / Fallen Star' on Sonic Cathedral and a sell-out reunion show in London. Marc Riley invited the band in for a live session on his BBC 6Music show and Paul Weller - on hearing the band's latest disc - asked them to remix tracks from his new kraut-infused album 'Sonik Kicks'. Later that year the band were invited to perform at the inaugural Festival Number 6 in Portmerion, North Wales.

In 2014 they performed at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and the 100 Club in London, releasing a limited edition of 100 cassettes to coincide with the 100 Club show.

To the surprise of many the band finally released their follow-up album – simply titled "II" – in September 2016, ten years after the debut. Self-recorded and self-produced at home in London and Cheshire it was mixed by Jason Kingsland (Deerhunter) and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, New Order) at Abbey Road Studios. It was released on Sonic Cathedral Records on Double LP, CD and Digital formats earning widepread critical acclaim, with Shindig Magazine hailing it 'a classic from the first track to the last'. The band were invited back to play at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and a small UK tour was performed in November 2016.

2017 saw the band make festival appearances at Standon Calling in Hertfordshire, Bluedot at Jodrell Banks and Bristol's Simple Things festival as well as a one off London Show to promote the release of their Remixes EP. They have begun work on their third LP, which has the working title "III".



The Early Years - Debut Album
Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
Released: 25/09/06 (U.K.)
Format: LP / CD
1: All Ones And Zeros
2: Things
3: The Simple Solution
4: Brown Hearts
5: Song For Elizabeth
6: Musik Der Fruhen Jahre
7: So Far Gone
8: High Times And Low Lives
9: Harmonic Interlude
10: This Ain’t Happiness

Live / The 100 Club
Sonic Cathedral
Released: 29/11/14
Format: Limited Edition Cassette
1: Drones
2: All Ones And Zeros
3: So Far Gone
4: DMX (No Way Out)
5. Hush
6: The Computer Voice
7: High Times And Low Lives
8: Get On Board
9: The Simple Solution

Sonic Cathedral
Released: 23/09/16
Format: Double LP, CD, Digital
1: Nocturne
2: Out of Signal
3: Fluxus
4: For the Fallen
5. Hush
6: Clone Theory
7: Do it (Again)
8: Near Unison
9: Hall of Mirrors
10: Memory Case


All Ones And Zeros
Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
Released: 16/01/06
UK Chart: #112 Format: 7" Vinyl / CD
1: All Ones And Zeros
2: A Little More
3: I Heard Voices

So Far Gone
Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
Released: 26/06/06
UK Chart: #179 Format: 7" Vinyl / CD
1: So Far Gone
2: Rats
3: So Far Gone (Part II)

The Great Awakening
Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
Released: 19/02/07
Format: 12" Vinyl / CD
1: Say What I Want To
2: On Fire
3: Autumn Song
4: A Little More (Version II)

Like a Suicide // The Computer Voice
Sonic Cathedral
Released: 21/07/08
Format: 7" Vinyl
A: Like a Suicide
AA: The Computer Voice

Complicity // Fallen Star
Sonic Cathedral
Released: 7/11/11
Format: 7" Vinyl
A: Complicity
AA: Fallen Star

Memory Case
Sonic Cathedral
Released: 4/11/11
Format: Digital Download
1: Complicity
2: Fallen Star
3: Like A Suicide
4: The Computer Voice