Even before the release of debut album Total Strife Forever in January 2014, William Doyle has a story to rival most. Upon seeing The Quietus’ John Doran at a Factory Floor gig in late 2012, he passed on a CDR containing some tracks he’d worked on under the name East India Youth – tracks which were good enough for The Quietus to start a record label just to facilitate the release of his debut EP, Hostel. Compared to Liars, The Horrors and Fuck Buttons by Pitchfork, Doyle works with electronic loops and samples, his songs dealing in foreboding, texture and richly deserved climax.
Having toured with These New Puritans and Factory Floor, January 2014 sees the release of East India Youth’s debut LP Total Strife Forever through Stolen Recordings. Using Tim Hecker, Brian Eno and Estonian composer Arvo Part as some of its touchstones, the record builds upon the charm and bombast of those initial tracks , crafting a warped form of pop in its wake.