in earnest is fuelled by the songwriting of front-couple Sarah Holburn and Tom Eatherton in a bid to encourage conversation around mental health and other under-represented topics. Their sad indie noise is a dialogue from two perspectives featuring male and female vocals in turn. Hailing from Southend on Sea, UK, in earnest is made a trio by the inclusion of instrumentalist Toby Shaer.
Their second EP, ‘reasons to stay alive’ released on 8th October 2021, tackling despair, suicidal thoughts, gratitude and the climate crisis. More than just a collection of songs, the six tracks flow seamlessly into one another to create a 22-minute composition that loops back round into an infinite piece of art. Diving deeper and even more unflinchingly into their thematic content, in earnest showcase a unique blend of indie, folk and post-rock with experimental tendencies.
In 2020, the band released their self-titled debut EP, followed by a double A-side in early 2021. They have shared stages with and opened for The Oh Hellos, Gabrielle Aplin, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Wildwood Kin, Kitt Philippa and Heather Woods Broderick.