Tell us a bit about the band. How did you all meet and what kind of music do you play?
Toby is a folk musician, Tom used to play in rock & metal bands, and I (Sarah) began by writing pop songs in my bedroom so it’s a little bit of a weird mixture! Tom and I have been singing together for the past 7 years, then we all came to be in a band called Carousel with other people before we branched off into the trio that is now In Earnest.
Where did the name “In Earnest” come from?
Through our songwriting, we endeavour to be honest and genuine about lots of different topics and so we wanted our name to reflect that. I kept reading the phrase ‘in earnest’ in loads of books at the time so it just popped out at me.
You recently released your latest single Put Me Under. What does this track mean to you?
It’s a personal account of my depression and anxiety and how lonely these conditions make me feel when they impact my life so much. It’s a reminder to myself that I won’t let them win, and that it’s a lot easier to cope with a dog beside me.
Is this a hint at more new music on the way?
Absolutely! Our next single ‘Come Upstairs’ is Tom’s perspective of the same story. We have a 6-track EP coming by the end of the year, too!
Who produced this music? How was it working with them?
We’ve worked with Peter Waterman of Longcroft Recording since our last band, and we couldn’t imagine having anyone else make our music with us. He’s a great friend and makes us feel so relaxed when recording – we were actually meant to be in the studio with him last week to record our 2021 EP. Sad times.
Is there any plans for any music videos?
At the time of writing this, I’ve just clicked the publish button on a music video for ‘Put Me Under’! It’s a timelapse video filmed every day for 10 weeks to document how my mood changes from day to day. There are 2 more music videos in the pipeline as well.
Once we are allowed back out, do you plan on playing any shows?
Yes, we cannot wait to get gigging again! Tom and I live together, so we’ve been able to play to a certain extent, but we really just want to get back into rehearsals with Toby and play our music to some more fresh faces.
How have you been coping with lockdown?
It was definitely strange and difficult for the first few weeks, but getting into a routine of dog walks and yoga and board games has been a turning point.
Where can we find out more about you?
You can find everything on our website: www.inearnest.co.uk
Anything you would like to tell us?
Stay safe, pet your dogs for us, and eat ice-cream.
I’d like to thank Sarah for taking the time to answer my questions and wish them all the best with their new music.