In Earnest - 'Put Me Under'
‘Put Me Under’ is an honest, personal account of depression and loneliness, aiming to encourage conversation around mental health. In Earnest are an alt/indie trio from Southend-on-Sea, UK, fuelled by the songwriting of front-couple Sarah and Thomas. Their debut single ‘Put Me Under’ is written from Sarah’s perspective. “I suffer from chronic anxiety and depression, to the point where I can’t hold down jobs or be left alone for too long. In my loneliness I am awash with negative thoughts. The song is about feeling overcome by an invisible illness, but knowing it’s a lot easier to cope in the company of a dog.” Band members Thomas and Toby support the weighty lyrics with acoustic finger-picking and ethereal electric guitar parts that build toward a multi-layered closing of the track. Their organic recording style (captured live in one room without click tracks or autotune) will resonate with fans of Phoebe Bridgers, Elliott Smith and Julien Baker.
Forming in early 2019, the members were previously part of the band ‘Carousel’, a project which went on to perform at Cambridge Folk Festival, toured with The Oh Hello’s and embarked on an 8-date headline tour whilst gaining 100k+ Spotify streams on official playlists.
‘Put Me Under’ is the first single from their upcoming EP and tells just one side of the band’s story. Their songwriting is a continual call and response from two perspectives: a call from one who feels too much and a response from the other who must plead for them to stay alive.