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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]

The Earlies
The Earlies performing at Summer Sundae in 2005
Background information
OriginBurnley, Lancashire, and Texas, United States
GenresPsychedelia, progressive rock, electronica, rock
Years active2004–2008 (hiatus), 2015
LabelsNames/679, Secretly Canadian, Grönland
Associated actsSara Lowes, King Creosote, Fence Records
MembersBrandon Carr
John Mark Lapham
Christian Madden
Giles Hatton

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. The full line-up of the band last played live headlining the Green Man Festival in 2007.[3]

Carr went took an indefinite break from the band to teach at ATEMS High School in Abilene, Texas.

In 2015, after a long hiatus, The Earlies returned with new material and scheduled live appearances. The band will be performing a one-off festival show at the fifth Cloudspotting Festival in England, followed by a short tour of the UK in the last week of July.[4][3] A new EP, Message from Home, is also expected in 2015.[5]

The Earlies played and produced parts of Jinnwoo's debut album, 'Strangers Bring Me No Light', released September 2016.





  • Message from Home (expected 2015)

Chart singlesEdit

  • "Morning Wonder" (2004) - UK #67
  • "Bring It Back Again" - UK #61[6]

The band 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 (28 October 2004). "The Earlies, Scala, London - It's time to rise and shine". The Independent. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. ^ Butler, Jim (18 February 2007). "The Earlies, The Enemy Chorus - The acme of country-meets-prog-goes-electronica". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Robin Murray (8 July 2015). "Premiere: The Earlies Are Back! And Here's a New Track". Clash.
  4. ^ "Cloudspotting Festival marks return of The Earlies". The Lancashire Telegraph. 2 April 2015.
  5. ^ Alex Hudson (4 June 2015). "The Earlies Return with 'Message from Home' EP, Share New Track".
  6. ^ 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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