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Crowd surfing, pockets and lemons: Easy Life at Rescue Rooms

Easy Life came back to Nottingham for their Keep Your Brain Clean tour. With their signature brass instruments and oodles of charisma, they put on their zestiest performance yet…

Although the Leicester-based band haven’t even released a full album yet, the venue was sold-out and everyone knew the lyrics – even though their Spaceships mixtape had only been released a few days beforehand.

Just to point out how hipster I am – I saw Easy Life two years ago at Dot to Dot at Rock City on the midday stage. There were about 15 people, and they hadn’t released any music online. When we messaged them later that day and asked where their tracks were, they promised songs would be released soon.

Of course, they knew at that point they had bangers like Pockets in the pipeline. What they didn’t know is that they’d soon be headlining Rescue Rooms, as well as being set for Rock City. Or maybe did. Who knows.

They certainly are suckers for the spotlight, a la their song Wet Weekend, which was one of the first ones played. No matter what instrument, each band member put in bags of energy, and they all had great chemistry with each other.

We do have to commend Murray for his constant going between the keyboard, trumpet and vocals seamlessly. He made what must have been quite a difficult task look natural, and he even found time to crowd surf a couple of times in between too (although he did get dropped the second time… come on Nottingham, sort it out!).

They told the audience that although Leicester was their home-town, Nottingham also felt like home because they recorded all their songs here. The Notts music scene is insane and so welcoming to upcoming artists, so this was no surprise. This fact also earned them some cracking cheers from the crowd.

The loudest sing-alongs came for their two singles Pockets and Nightmares. The crowd was largely broke students, shouting about their profits and losses and how it’s all a bit of fun until somebody gets hurt. There was a sense of relatablility, with Easy Life’s lyrics just being so honest and straight-to-the-point.

Lemons were chucked around the stage and audience during Nightmares – hi, hello, lemons – and made for a light-hearted end to what was an exciting, invigorating gig. Although it only lasted for an hour, they squeezed so much into that time, with lots of juicy songs, including classics and new material.

We aren’t shocked they’re playing Rock City in October. They’ve rocket-blasted into the charts and into the music scene, and they fully deserve it. Keep at it lads – thanks for the sweet (not sour) gig.

Buy tickets for Easy Life at Rock City on the 25th of October here

By Eve Smallman

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