Forming in the mid 1980s in Sydney Australia and resisting neat labels, indie pop legends Even As We Speak mix elements of accessible pop, ironic interjections, and experimental detours.
After a series of releases on Australian indie labels, they came to the attention of BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who started playing the band’s Phantom Records release Goes So Slow on his show. This brought them to the attention of UK audiences and began a relationship with UK label Sarah Records. The Sarah releases shot them to prominence in the UK, achieving multiple top 10s in the NME and Melody Maker charts with tracks like Falling Down The Stairs and Beautiful Day. They recorded 3 sessions for John Peel and 1 session for Mark Goodier at BBC Radio 1. These were released as Yellow Food: The Peel Sessions.
Following its demise, Sarah Records achieved cult status and in 2015 was named number 2 in NME’s 20 Greatest Indie Labels of All Time. A documentary ‘My Secret World: The Story of Sarah Records’ appeared in 2013, followed by the book ‘PopKiss’. This generated renewed interest in the band, with requests coming in to play festivals alongside new recording opportunities. The band reformed to play a sold out show at NYC Popfest 2016. Enthused about playing together again they returned to the studio to record a new EP The Black Forest for Emotional Response - the band’s first new material since 1993, marking a new phase of recording and touring.