The guys over at Loud and Quiet magazine sent me over to Liverpool to a couple with the awesome Ex-Easter Island Head.
I met the guys at their home - a converted former care home - which also doubled as there practice space. The initial plan was to set up a portrait against a plain wall in one of the larger rooms in the building, using some coloured gels to bring the shots to life a bit.
The guys were in the middle of setting up for practising as I arrived, so I decided to spend my first half hour taking some documentary-style shots. This was when it became apparent that Ex-Easter Island Head were far from your conventional indie three-piece. Instead of 'playing' guitars, the guys used them as percussive instruments - three telecasters and a bass laid on tables, with small metal rods placed between the fretboard and the strings to 'fret' each instrument, before the strings were hit with different implements. The sounds the guys achieved were staggering - various natural forms of distortion and effects going through valve amps, without a single pedal in sight.
It was a real experience spending some time with these guys, who've clearly but some real thought and hours into developing such a unique sound.