The Entire City emerged from the Liverpool DIY scene in the late 00s, having spent years playing in bands, putting on club nights and soaking up the city’s unique musical culture. Fiercely independent, they have several self-released singles to their name, creating all the artwork and videos for the songs themselves. Having decided to focus their talents on what they could create with just two members, Jamie (guitar, vocals) and Jams (drums) can seem like they are trying to make the biggest noise they can from the smallest number of instruments, but their colossal sound belies a depth and nuance that hugely rewards further listening. The band’s music has been favourably compared to Swans and My Bloody Valentine, but there is no boundary to their influences. The stereo in their North Liverpool rehearsal room constantly buzzes with hip hop, folk, shoegaze and metal from all kinds of diverse artists. From Nine Inch Nails to Cocteau Twins to Billy Woods via Cassandra Jenkins, nothing is off limits. Lyrical concerns are dark, brooding and confessional, drawing on the work of Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair and Ralph Ellison. “I don’t see music and lyrics as separate entities,” says Jamie, who writes the bulk of the words. “Words are incredibly important to me as a listener, and I always write lyrics with that in mind.”
The band now self-record and produce their songs, taking their DIY ethic to its logical conclusion. “It’s taken us a long time to get good at recording, but we’re made up to be creating something that’s ours and ours alone,” says Jams. With their ferocious live shows garnering plaudits from audiences and press alike, The Entire City are building ever upwards.
“Their songs have an expansiveness that makes them sound far vaster than the sum of their parts” Bearded Magazine