Review: Easy Life at O2 Academy Leicester

Les-tah welcomes back, their emerging new and heavily evolving stars, Easy Life! 

Easy Life • O2 Academy • Saturday 30 March • Sold out

Back on home turf where “pink lemonade” is on the list at this great venue. The 02 Academy Leicester is packed out with local and not so local bods, who are waiting in anticipation to see 5 local guys who are now known as “Easy Life”, who take to the 02 stage to a loud cheer, and the joy on the band members’ faces says it all..

It’s a Saturday night in Leicester and the crowd are ecstatic, and eagerly awaiting Easy Life to the stage.

For those who are not yet familiar with this band, Easy Life are a sublime fairly new band to emerge out of Leicester, just over a couple of years old. But all the guys in the band have been working with other bands previously, and fortunately they have all found each other along the musical journey, to form Easy Life. We are very spoilt in Leicester at the moment, as there’s lots of great new and not so new talent bubbling away nicely, so ensure you get out to support these fantastic acts 

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Lead vocalist, keys and trumpet player Murray, is a very happy guy who engages immediately with the crowd, he has a great presence on the stage, his flamboyant style attracts immediate  attention The rest of the band are Jordan – backing vox,  keys, percussion and sax , Louis – guitar, Sam – backing vox, bass, sax and electronic wind instrument and Cass on drums, they all add a fantastic uniqueness and flavour to the band which certainly shows.

Murray, as the front man,  works the stage, but also draws back to his keys and brass throughout the set, which makes him hugely versatile as a musician. The band’s influences are Mac Miller but lots of jazz artists and hip hop, but they add their own unique sound to the songs.

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This band don’t need to work hard to belt out numbers to be heard (although they do) as their many fans know their music well, and the fans give their own sound to most of the songs such as Ice Cream, Frank, Sunday, OJPL, Pockets and Nightmares.

The Easy Life sound is easy listening, funky, jazzy, dreamy, “kind on the ears” music, which makes their set so appealing to both listen to and watch. There is a political element in their songs, but the majority of songs are about every day stuff life experiences, which people can relate to. We are treated to Ice cream, Frank,  Sunday, Afters, Temporary Love PT 1, Slow Motion, OJPL, Pockets, Wet Weekend and Nightmares, along with some new tracks that have set to be released..

You sort of get lost in the dreaminess of the sound of the band, to the point where you could imagine yourself in a fabulous setting of Ronnie Scott’s. Although the crowd then bring you back down to earth, and you realise you are surrounded by the noisy lovely crowd of the O2 Academy.

One of my favourite tracks is one of their new songs from Spaceships titled Sunday which is easy listening designed for a Sunday!  Jack Saunders from Radio 1 also recently this his “Song of the Week”.

Onstage the whole band gel well together, no tensions are noted, they just keep bouncing out song after song with a highly professional edge. One of the best moments of the gig are then 3 members of the band, Murray,  Sam and Jordan, play their triple piece with the brass and woodwind.

For the crowd it would probably be when Murray launches himself into the crowd, with a teeny bit of crowd surfing, the crowd goes mad then fans try to emulate this throughout the set. Louis and Cass add a fantastic skill set providing a unique backing sound and impressive skills on guitar and drums, they add a special flavour to Easy Life.

As a five piece they make a perfect combination. However, what a lot of guys forget is the behind the scenes crew, for Easy Life their entire crew work extremely hard to pull this whole tour off, and they all equally contribute to make this such a fantastic gig, and tour.

Get yourselves along to the next tour in the UK, later this year or see them at a festival this summer (see below for links) , you will certainly be happy you did and most definitely not disappointed.

Have a listen to the new fantastic mixtape called “Spaceships” which has 6 songs (listen here – easylife.lnk.to/spaceshipsmixtapefp) including Mercury Retrograde, Sunday, Wet Weekend, Basics, Afters,  Jealousy.

Easy Life are touring again later the year in the UK, but for now they go Stateside and off to Europe to most definitely increase their fanbase which will inevitably grow massively. You can also catch them at various UK festivals over the summer, check out www.easylifemusic.com for more info on this, or visit the ticket link below to book tickets https://bit.ly/2UBF4DZ

To catch what they get up to on the socials check out Instagram, Twitter, YouTube

All words by Helena Hughes