Ethan & The Reformation have unveiled their new single ‘Free From Everything’ – and it’s available to listen to now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
Inducing a reformation of ideals which question the stance of many, Ethan alongside his cosmic cohorts of lead guitarist Mick Mac, bassist James Cordeiro, drummer Thomas Oliver Gorton, and Jack Wakeman on keys, make the most alluring escapist music. Across its 7 minutes, new single ‘Free From Everything’ is full of Eastern promise as its sucks up the dust from melodic artefacts through history and scatters it wide over a rich tapestry of magical wizardry, anchored down by a heavy rock’n’roll guitar sound.
“Free From Everything is about letting yourself go, if only for a few minutes,” Ethan says.
“The idea is to take a step back, forget all those things you believe are essential but in reality, aren’t and love yourself. Realise you have the potential to be happy and enjoy life, recognise how truly amazing your capabilities are. You can only love others and breed the positivity that comes with that if you love yourself first.”
‘Free From Everything’ even provides a form of escape for the band, from their hometown of Bury, even if it’s just as far as the bright lights of the city centre.
“There’s a great thing going on in Manchester at the moment; a lot of good bands but it’s definitely a community as well,” adds Ethan.
“Everyone supports one another, turns up to each other’s gigs, buys each other’s music, that’s what’s needed, it’s great to be involved in the Manchester music renaissance.”
Recorded with Dean Glover at the city’s famed Vibe studios, ‘Free from Everything,’ captures a no holds barred, freedom to explore their sound in every given direction.
“Dean was excited about the direction we wanted to take the tune in,” recalls Ethan.
“We helped him go to new places; in turn he sent us down paths we wouldn’t have otherwise explored. He’s brutally honest which is exactly what you need, you don’t want a yes man to blow sunshine up your arse, you need someone to tell you straight if something isn’t working and help coax the remedy out of you.”
Coming together through a pursuit of psychedelia and mutual love for playing rock’n’roll, Ethan first met Mick whilst the pair were performing at Germany’s Wonderwall Festival – a bill topped by one of their many heroes, Jefferson Airplane. Later, following a chance reunion at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, they bonded over bands from 13th Floor Elevators and The Koobas to The Chocolate Watchband and Tame Impala.
Ever since tickets for their first two headline shows flew into eager fans’ jacket pockets, Ethan and The Reformation have been whipping up a sonic sandstorm. Since then, TV sync deals beckoned and debut single ‘Hollandia’ was played 100k times in just a few months on Spotify before the band even had chance to wield their colourful live show to the city’s newest all-dayer, ‘When In Manchester.’