New Release, Video & Tour: E.B. The Younger – To Each His Own / Used To Be

“What came before you is why you’re here now,” declares the man born Eric Brandon Pulido. “So embrace both the past and the present.” The frontman of Texan legends Midlake embraces both past and present times for his debut solo album To Each His Own, under his new enigmatic alias E.B. The Younger, released 8th March via Bella Union

E.B. The Younger has also shared an amusing and nostalgic video for lead track Used to Be, starring Jason Lee…

Of the track and video Pulido says: “The tune ‘Used To Be’ is an acquiescence towards an imminent coming-of-age and the subsequent peace found in it’s acceptance. In short, this is 40 and I’m OK with it. It’s human nature to get stuck looking backwards and lamenting the passing of a romanticized time or place. Since we tend to appreciate things more now than when we do in the moment, my battle cry of sorts here is to champion the ‘now’ and carry on with a renewed spirit. And what better way for this mantra to manifest itself than for a bunch of guys playing dress up, cracking open some beers and partaking in America’s favorite pastime!? The teams in the video were mainly made up of the guys who played on the record, and although it was a near miracle to get us all there together, it really made the experience that much more special and memorable to say the least. The cherry on top was pulling my longtime friend Jason Lee from his current acting hiatus to play the coach. He hasn’t missed a beat and had us all rolling in laughter and feeling like kids again. I’m so thankful we pulled this off and I hope it brings as much of a smile to everyone’s face that watches as creating it did mine”

To Each His Own is a deeply personal record rooted in Pulido’s love of warm, glowing rock, folk and country hues that came of age in the 1970s woven with contemporary recalibrations: guitars ripple, sigh and sizzle alongside gliding keyboards over crisp, choppy and becalmed rhythms. Pulido’s lyrics equally look back and forth, philosophising about his place in the world, the choices he’s made, and where they have taken him

Or, as he describes To Each His Own, “an eleven-song journey through the life and times of a wayward Midlaker seeking to find purpose in an uncharted land. Will he find his way? Listen, and ye shall find”

Pulido’s “wayward” phase began in 2014 with a break from Midlake, “to invest time in kids and musical projects less physically demanding”, he says. His first project was the transatlantic collective BNQT, a self-described ‘poor man’s Travelling Wilburys’ featuring Pulido, Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Fran Healy (Travis), Jason Lytle (Granddaddy) and Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) who recorded the 2017 album BNQT – Volume 1. But To Each His Own is all Pulido – or rather, E.B. The Younger

“It’s an antiquated way of naming a younger member of a family,” he explains. “I’m expressing, simply, that something greater came before me. It’s countering the idea in today’s culture that everything revolves around ourselves, that we’re the most important thing in the world. I feel that humility is a lost virtue – you only have to look at America’s current leader to see just how lost – which I want this record to represent. Honesty, empathy, love”

E.B. The Younger will be on tour in the UK with Bella Union label mate John Grant in January and February next year, before returning for three UK headline shows in April…

30th January – Leeds – O2 Academy
31st January – Gateshead – Sage Gateshead
1st February – Glasgow – Kings Theatre
3rd February – Hull – Bonus Area
4th February – Liverpool – Philharmonic Hall
5th February – Nottingham – Rock City
7th February – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
8th February – Southampton – O2 Guildhall
10th February – Manchester – Albert Hall
11th February – Cardiff – St David’s Hall
17th April – LONDON – Oslo
19th April – EDINBURGH – The Mash House
20th April – DUBLIN – Whelan’s