“This archaic of view of the tortured, suffering artist must end immediately. There is nothing to aspire to in this illusion”
Formerly recording as East India Youth, William Doyle has written for i-D Magazine on the issues surrounding the lack of support in the music industry for artists suffering from mental (and physical) health issues. Read it here.
A message from Will:
I am writing to you back on home soil and within a dramatic 35-40º drop in temperature from our previous Antipodean dwellings. I’ve got my coat on indoors, in other words. But that’s okay. Part of the fun of tour has been switching between wildly different climates, seeking out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no one has gone before… Continue Reading →
I’m giving a 90 minute talk (+30 minute Q&A) on Tour Management at the All Years Leaving Festival, Hare & Hounds Birmingham, Saturday 24 October. Info here, and link to combined lecture + festival ticket. East India Youth will perform at midnight, upstairs in the main room. Continue Reading →
When we were out on the North American tour in May, we visited KEXP in Seattle to record (and have filmed) a four-song session. You can watch it here, or below, and view Charina Pitzel‘s fantastic photography too…
“In this stunning set, William Doyle brings his alter-ego project, East India Youth, into the KEXP live room, unfurling a collection of intriguing tunes from his April 2015 release, Culture of Volume. Marshalling strange, ingenious ideas into coherent, interesting pop music, East India Youth flirt between genres; with a mix of IDM, soft rock, and prog-pop all rendered with an amazing level of detail, with no expense spared. From the electric boogaloo of “Hearts That Never” to the the distorted guitars of “Looking for Someone” this is a live set that deserves to be listened to on expensive headphones”
If I had a name like Wyndham Wallace I would not associate or correspond with anyone with a simple name like mine. However, since you have lowered yourself to such depths, how can my old Indian heart (west not east) not respond favourably.
—Lee Hazlewood, fax message to the author, Valentine’s Day 1999
A message from Will…
It’s just has its first airing tonight on Huw Stephens’ R1 show, and if you missed it, the new song is called TURN AWAY. You can listen to it below, and if you pre-order the album now on iTunes you’ll receive TURN AWAY instantly. Go right ahead and order it here. Continue Reading →
It’s with great regret that I’ve had to cancel East India Youth’s show at the Frost Festival in Copenhagen this Sunday, due to Will’s ill-health. It’s not something I do lightly, and – having promoted for 25 years, co-owned a venue and booked a festival – I’m acutely aware of the shit this puts the good people at Frost in at such short notice. Those emails are never nice to send, but a whole lot worse to receive.
Copenhagen is a city both Will and I love and we were greatly looking forward to visiting, and playing what would have been the first show with his new live-set up, and songs, but his health isn’t something I can gamble with.
Many people worked hard to arrange this show; Head Booker Kristoffer, our Danish promoter Kasper, Festival Director Mikael, and particularly Marie, the Head of Production. A lot of money and time has been expended. And there are those who bought tickets for the festival, partly to see EIY.
I am truly sorry, and to all those mentioned above I offer my apology.
I wish things were different.
Manager, East India Youth
“Here is a video for the song CAROUSEL which features on my new album CULTURE OF VOLUME (Released 6th April/7th in the USA on XL Recordings). I premiered this song at my last London headline show and the response was electrifying. It’s a very important song to me personally and so I wanted to share it with you first, as an introduction to the new album. I hope you enjoy it.” – Will
Director: Andy Inglis
Producer: Cherise Payne
Director of Photography: Katie Swain
Editor: Kit Wells (Final Cut)
Colourist: Jason Wallis (ELC)
1st AC: Rupert Hornstein
2nd AC: Helen Durbin
Gaffer: Michael Chambers
Spark: Chris Mortley
Grip: Kirk Thornton
DIT/Playback: Howard Holloway
Make-up Ammy Drammeh
Runner: Daniel Taylor
Runner: Ed Watson
Special thanks to Sinead at Onsite and Jason at Pinewood MBS
It is with great sadness (both mine and Will’s) that I have had to cancel East India Youth‘s appearance at Iceland Airwaves. Our passports are in the US Embassy in London, waiting for our US Visas to be placed inside. Though we opened the application two months ago, the process is complicated and despite my best efforts, the Visas (and therefore our passports) have not arrived in time for us to fly to Reykjavik. We were due to fly out yesterday (Friday) and also had a second set of flights booked to bring us out today (Saturday), if they turned up in time, but they have not, and as yesterday ended our chances faded to zero. Continue Reading →
EIY’s debut album ‘TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER‘ has been shortlisted for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The winner will be announced on the evening of 29 October during the award ceremony at London’s Roundhouse venue.
The other nominees are… Continue Reading →
The fourth and final single from East India Youth’s TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER album has been announced as HINTERLAND, to be released on 15 September 2014 on Stolen Recordings. A video for the track, directed by Dan Tombs, is being premiered on Thump, and you can watch it below. Continue Reading →
HEAVEN, HOW LONG? is the third single from TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER, as well as being the album’s centrepiece, and the third to have a video directed by the talented Joe Spray, this time with visual effects by Dan Tombs (who also provides EIY’s visuals on stage, as well as those of Factory Floor and Jon Hopkins).