The full title of the track, which will appear on Eaves upcoming debut EP As Old As The Grave, is “Alone In My Mind (For Mannington Bowes)” and is a tribute to the pensioner Richard Mannington Bowes who tried to put out a fire outside his shop during the London riots in 2011. He was attacked and died shortly afterwards. Eaves adds, “That (Mannington Bowes’ death) was the price for his courage and this song expresses a frustration at the idea of human apathy.” The EP is out on November 10th via Heavenly Recordings.
The track, and the rest of the EP, show a remarkable maturity for a young man in his early 20s. The other tracks on the album deal with similarly heady subject matter. “As Old As The Grave” explores the cyclical and vicious nature of working class existence. It deals with both alcoholism as an escape for the working class, and also Eaves own struggles with alcoholism. “Timber” is a more hopeful piece that explores dreams, hopes, and working out how to acquire them.
Having recently toured with Nick Mulvey, Marika Hackman and Keaton Henson, he plays his own headline show in London, at the Blue Flowers night at the George IV in Chiswick, on Thursday November 6th. Tickets for the show are available here.