in earnest’s self-titled debut EP was out for release in Autumn, with songs that could have been torn straight from the band’s personal diaries. in earnest are an alt/indie trio from Southend-on-Sea, UK, fuelled by the song-writing of front-couple Sarah and Thomas. They spoke with The Fountain about the reception to their EP as well as their hopes and dreams.

TF: You have a debut EP out, what has the reception been like? 

The reception so far has been amazing. It’s been tough to launch a new band/project in the height of a pandemic, but we spent a lot of time doing our own PR work and building relationships with new listeners and we feel that has really paid off. Hopefully our audience has felt a sense of connection through our honesty and openness in our songs. We are really trying to use our art to create conversation around difficult topics such as mental illness and identity.

TF: How would you sum up In Earnest in one sentence?

Sad indie noise with heart. Initially as a joke, we started citing ourselves as being part of the ‘sad indie noise’ genre, but I guess it’s actually pretty accurate and has stuck!

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this EP release?

We just finished recording EP2 which makes the future very exciting. We’re hoping to continue to build relationships with new listeners, whilst putting in some ground work for live shows in 2021. We can’t wait!

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

One of our favourite venues we’ve played at is Bush Hall in London – there’s such a cool venue and vibe there. In all honesty, we’d come and play in your back garden if you asked, we’re that thirsty for live shows! haha.