For several years, an entity has been rumbling within the blackened confines of the DIY scene. However, as of late, such rumblings have turned into deafening roars from the void. Masterfully fusing agonised black metal, awe-inspiring post-metal and emotional shoegaze, Earth Moves are finally receiving the acclaim and attention they have been deserving of for years. A collective for our turbulent modern times we are all unfortunate enough to be living in, the group have been turning heads and demanding attention as of late, with Earth Moves currently mentally prepping themselves for the release of their sophomore release Human Intricacy. Releasing Friday 15th November via Through Love Records & Truth Seeker Music, Human Intricacy is set the be the record that shall take Earth Moves to the very summit of our national scene.
A follow up to the group’s debut long play The Truth In Our Bodies, the record is a masterful exercise of breathtaking and astonishing dynamics that just highlight the jaw dropping level of skill Earth Moves collectively harbour. “Our main feeling is excitement for people to finally be able to hear the album in full” explains guitarist Sam Rickets. “I'm always a little nervous too, it can be tough finally exposing something you've poured so much time and emotion into. We had an amazing time making the album, so even if someone gets a fraction of the enjoyment from listening to it then we'll be pleased.”
Despite The Truth In Our Bodies being quietly fawned over upon it’s release in 2016, the creation of Human Intricacy saw Earth Moves readjust their approach to recording and writing. “The creation process was different in a few key ways” continues Sam. “I wrote probably 90% of our debut before there was even a band or any other members. The writing this time round, while still guitar led, was influenced and informed by our time together as a band. I think this led to us taking more risks, and incorporating a wider range of influences into the songs. On a practical level due to varying life and work situations we had to be very economical with our time, so the recording process was a slightly more fragmented. That being said, the one constant has been Joe Clayton at Nø Studio (Ithaca, Pijn, Curse These Metal Hands) who is an absolute dream, and we can't praise his input highly enough.”
One of the most immediate aspects of their work is the forefront sense of intimate intensity. The fog of noise Earth Moves curate and conjure seeps into the fabric of the listeners very being, with their craft tangibly exploring the withheld pains and anxieties the group hold. It’s one of the very reasons why Earth Moves are such a lucrative act. It’s simply impossible not be moved, touched or disturbed by the group’s emotionally harrowing output.
Airing such woes through the art of music can provide much needed clarity and be therapeutic, something the band experienced with the recording of the upcoming release. Sam continues, “There was definitely something quietly therapeutic about writing and recording this album. I'm not sure it's something we ever really vocalised or dissected, it was something we had to do. It's only now being able to look back and acknowledge personal changes and challenges we've individually faced over the past couple of years (not to mention the societal difficulties currently in the UK) that it's maybe a little easier to identify why the record feels like it does.”
However, even with the group’s material on Human Intricacy sounding like much required outpourings of the heart and soul, one might be surprised to know that some of the lyrical content was inspired by fantasy, dreams and hypothetical situations. It’s not a surprising aspect given the background to this band however. With the group being named after an aria from Benjamin Brittain’s 1945 opera ‘Peter Grimes’, one the major inspirations behind Earth Moves is classical music, a movement that deeply inspired Sam Rickets during his university studies in music.
“There isn’t an overall theme of concept with Human Intricacy” details frontman and vocalist Jordan Hills. “I wanted to be ambiguous at times and direct with others. The fantasy side of the songs, especially the lyrics, comes from me writing about dream like situations or events that haven’t happened and have just been imagined. It’s been a thoroughly tough, yet enjoyable, writing experience.”
Jordan continues, “Our first record The Truth In Our Bodies was centred around one theme whereas Human Intricacy is a little more experimental especially from my viewpoint. I wanted to be ambiguous at times and direct with others. The fantasy side of the songs, especially the lyrics, comes from me writing about dream like situations or events that haven’t happened and have just been imagined. It’s been a thoroughly tough, yet enjoyable, writing experience.”
While the music of the group has naturally found it’s way into the ear canals of listeners, the group found themselves the subject of a fascinated new wave of dotted followers after a recent European tour with Californian bruisers Armed For Apocalypse and the fearsome Conjurer. Performing content from their debut record and the upcoming Human Intricacy, the tour allowed the band to reach new audiences from fields afar whilst further solidifying their stance as one of the nation’s most promising new acts on our home shores. Despite the tour being one that allowed the band to bring their craft to new masses, according to Jordan it was also one that forged lifelong friendships, even if there was some concerns in relation to the contrast between their music and the work of their touring counterparts.
“I don't think we could have asked for better musicians or nicer people to be on tour with, none of us wanted that tour to ever end! Getting to watch those two bands smash it each night was truly amazing. Despite some small concerns we weren't tough enough, heavy enough or tuned low enough, it all worked really well and each audience were very kind indeed. Thanks again to everyone who made that tour happen, and when can we do it again?”
With the release of Human Intricacy now being just days away, the group are naturally anticipating how listeners will react to what is easily their most enigmatic and arresting work thus far. “Whatever emotions the record makes the listener feel, we hope they are felt deeply and resonate for a long time to come,” Says Jordan. “We don't take anything for granted, and are so thankful to everyone who takes the time to listen to and experience our music and live shows.”
“Whatever emotions the record makes the listener feel, we hope they are felt deeply and resonate for a long time to come. We don't take anything for granted, and are so thankful to everyone who takes the time to listen to and experience our music and live shows.”
Human Intricacy is out Friday 15th November via Through Love Records & Truth Seeker Music. Pre-order the record here.