Early Hours hail from South Africa and consist of a group of young men who met in 2010 and decided to make some noise. Noticing their chemistry, they began making music to escape the joys of high school, going on to win Converse's Get Out Of The Garage and opening the V&A Waterfront NYE Bash, where they played to a crowd of 50,000 people.
"Smells Like Summer” is such a summer anthem and it's so hard to dismiss. The sound itself is incredible and, as I am wont to do, I've listened to it about a million times. Released in 2014, It reached #1 on the SoundCloud Indie Rock Chart and has over 500,000+ online plays.
They've just released a new single, titled "Dance Along," and it has such a feel-good vibe. Definitely another one to look out for and dance to.
With their popularity rising, we were lucky enough to get an interview with Early Hours themselves!
PW: Hey guys! We're gonna start with the simple things: Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how your band came to be?
Jake: We are Early Hours! A young band from Cape Town, South Africa who make music we enjoy listening to. We classify our genre as Indie with a Britpop/Afrorock twist. We found each other during the trials of high school education and never looked back.
PW: What are some differences between before you were known and now? How has it affected you?
Adam: We still feel unknown!
Jake: The positive response to our music has been so motivating. The fact that people like our songs so much that they share them with their friends is always fantastic and appreciated.
Adam: We’ve begun to take what we do more seriously now that people are listening and sharing. Our new fans are so involved and supportive.
We feel really inspired by it all.
PW: "Smells Like Summer" is such a great song. Definitely a summer anthem. What was your process like writing it and did you know that it would become what it's becoming today?
Adam: We’d like to think of our home town, Cape Town, as the capital of the summer season.
Jake: The pre-chorus came to me while standing on Table Mountain, and Adam already had a chorus idea that worked perfectly. It was one of those special moments when everything fell into place.
Adam: As a young band, our songs are always evolving and improving. We might just unveil some of these tweaks in the near future...
PW: Kind of tailing off the last question, what's your writing process like? Does it differ depending on the song or is it always the same?
Jake: Adam and I write the songs together, so we’re lucky in that we each have wildly different tastes. I lean towards the melodic and lyrical pop elements.
Adam: And then I try to shake it up with something fresh and off-centre. I’d like to think we have two types of songwriting processes. One in which we find the songs, and the other in which the songs seem to find us.
Jake: There’s never a linear formula. Each song evolves from a different idea or inspiration; it would be boring if it all happened the same way!
PW: This is such an important question: Musical influences?
Adam: Recently, I’ve gotten really into hip-hop and some slower, soulful stuff.
Jake: I’ve gone back to some really simple singer/songwriter stuff as of late.
Adam: There’s a special place in our hearts for classic, energetic indie rock though.
Benson: I was introduced to indie rock shockingly late in my development, but it has definitely had a prominent influence on my bass playing.
Jake: Who doesn’t love a well-written Indie Rock song?
PW: I know that you guys have an EP dropping this summer, what can you tell us about it?
Jake: We’ve been lucky to work with some talented producers while writing this EP. We feel like working with them has really helped us to find our sound.
Adam: For now, it's all a secret, although we do have a new single coming very soon. We’re buzzing with excitement. It’s been mixed by Jean Paul Fung in Aus. He's done some rad work with Last Dinosaurs.
Jake: For mastering, we shipped it off to Joe LaPorta in New York City. He’s done work with Imagine Dragons and Foo Fighters. It’s crazy to be in that kind of company.
Adam: It’s got this trans-national feel about it that we can’t wait for the world to hear.
PW: Round Random. I'm just gonna fire off random statements/question and you answer the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?
I'm only happy when:
I can clap along when I feel like a room without a roof.
I'd rather listen to:
Peanut Butter or Nutella?
Savoury and sweet. Take your pick.
Sweet. Cavities are underrated.
Batman or Superman?
Superman. Batman can’t be trusted around young boys.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
And don't forget to check out the new song, "Dance Along," below. It's definitely worth listening to!