Their 1977 singles ‘Outside View’, ’Pondering Of The USA’ and ‘Lock It Up’ are often cited as early punk classics, while among the sixteen songs included on ‘The Album’ in November that 12 months (precisely a month earlier than Abba nabbed the title) had been covers of songs by David Bowie, Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, plus their model of Alice Cooper’s ‘I’m Eighteen’ altered to ’Fifteen’.
Splitting in early 1979, the group reappeared sporadically from the mid-Nineties with line-ups put collectively by Blade to play dates with the likes of Fugazi, Dinosaur Jr. and, notably, Buzzcocks for a thirtieth Anniversary celebration of their dwell debut.
’The Album’ was remixed and remastered for launched on the US label Cleopatra in 2022 with the title ‘Ant’, gaining Eater a legion of youthful followers on either side of the pond. The 12 months additionally noticed Blade mix forces with London-based glam/art-rockers Jo Jo & The Enamel to launch a contemporary incarnation of the band, taking part in offered out reveals across the UK, writing new songs and re-recording previous favourites. “We got together by chance when I met some musicians at a gig,” he explains. “We chatted about music and received on. It turned out that they had been already in a bunch, who’re nice and really totally different to Eater, however someway the schizophrenic existence of two bands without delay works. It may be the identical individuals, however they’re fully totally different entities.”
Eater’s new single, ‘Ann’, was initially on ‘The Album’, however in unfinished type and entitled ‘Anne’. It has been newly re-recorded for this launch. Blade factors out that “it should never have been released and was wasted on that record, plus I had always intended it without the ‘e’. Actually. it was going to be called ‘Ant’, until I was reminded that it isn’t a girl’s name.” As for its flip, ‘Point Of View’, he provides that “we recorded a demo back in 1978 but split up before it was recorded properly, so now it is getting the airing it deserves.”
Aiming to please life-long followers of the group in addition to entice new followers, Blade nonetheless concludes by venting spleen at “a small amount of haters amongst the punk purists, who would prefer corpses of dead ex-members rather than something worth going to see, but they are outnumbered by converts, so whatever. Eater is very much a band, not just me and whoever. With any other musicians, possibly it might have felt like that – but only I can make that call.”