Easy Life interview | Beeswax, 2nd album and favourite Kanye album

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When you’re feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, or just simply too stressed to operate, a spin of easy life’s2021 album life’s a beach will get you back to feeling closer to your best. Their music straddles a thin line between indie pop and hip-hop, and their glass-half-full lyrical themes about self-love, acceptance and living life on the bright side are some of the catchiest you’ve ever heard.

Describing themselves as an alternative R&B group, there’s much more to their songs than that. Murray’s a natural storyteller and his poetic lyrics are punctuated with hip-hop beats and a dash of jazz thrown in for good measure. 

On Friday night easy life arrived in Montreal to play their first-ever Canadian show to an energetic crowd at Le Ministère. The venue holds around 300 people. The band’s next London show will see them headlining Alexandra Palace to 10,000 people!

The gig was a true celebration of the music with one of the most energetic crowds we’ve seen in a long time. There was dancing, crowd surfing and even a “wall of death” instigated by charismatic frontman Murray Matravers. Not something you usually witness at an R&B show.

This week sees the release of easy life’s new single, Beeswax. It’s the first track from easy life‘s second album due later this year, but Murray says he’s even more excited about the next single.

Montreal Rocks’ Steve Gerrard sat down with Murray before the Montreal show to chat about their first North American tour, why Beeswax was chosen as the first taster of album 2, and which album he’s listened to more than any other in his lifetime.

Watch the full interview below:

Easy Life also consists of drummer Oliver Cassidy, percussionist and keyboardist Jordan Birtles, bassist Sam Hewitt and guitarist Lewis Alexander Berry. They signed to Island Records in 2018 and released their mixtape Creature Habits that April, and made their television debut on Later… with Jools Holland shortly after. The band released their mixtape Junk Food in January 2020, reaching Number one in the Official Vinyl Charts listings, and Number seven in the album chart. The band finished second to Celeste on the BBC’s Sound of 2020 poll and were also nominated for three NME Awards in 2020, for Best New British Act, Best New Act in the World and Best Music Video for Nice Guys.

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