Easter Island Statues
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Alternative rock monocock
Great Dane bass bombs
blasting trumpet gun
"Passionate, refined and really quite thrilling, Easter Island Statues remind us just how exciting indie-rock can still sound: maybe there’s plenty of life left in guitar music after all."
- For The Rabbits, Jan 2018
"...the trio create a busy but perfectly executed slice of rambunctious Pixies via The Manics style alternative rock single bursting with energy, moodiness and elan."
- Monolith Cocktail, Nov 2017
"...a fine slice of whip smart indie-rock, the sort that fans of Franz Ferdinand would clamber to get their hands on."
- Fresh On The Net, Oct 2017
Bonding over a shared passion for the music of The Pixies (plenty of that on display) and the Neutral Milk Hotel, amongst a variety of other similar bands, formed in 2015, the Oxford trio of Easter Island Statues is comprised of Donald Campbell (guitar), James Askwith (bass) and Tom Hitch (drums).
The band, who cite influences from Buddy Holly to Neutral Milk Hotel, released their debut EP, 'Why Don’t You Live in the Garden?', in December 2017, garnering attention from Tom Robinson's 'Fresh On The Net' blog, leading to lead single 'Bow & Arrow' being picked as one of Tom's 'Fresh Faves'.
Bow & Arrow's lively maelstrom of shimmery crashing cymbal and rapid-fire tight drums, The Walkman like angulated thrashing guitars and serenaded Mexican trumpet accompaniment. Running moodily over the downs the trio create a busy but perfectly executed slice of rambunctious Pixies via The Manics style alternative rock single - bursting with energy, moodiness and elan.
In 2017, the band picked up multiple plays on BBC Introducing Oxford, as well as several US college rock radio stations (including WFUV in New York) and played gigs nationwide with the likes of October Drift, Desperate Journalist and Chorusgirl.
The band has been picked to play BBC Introducing's 'Uprising' showcase at the O2 Academy Oxford in February 2018, marking the first of several national tour dates (including The Fleece in Bristol and The Monarch in Camden), ahead of their planned 2018 multi-part single release series.