Jake Webb started Methyl Ethel in 2013 as a way of getting his bedroom recordings out there and into ears and minds. The gentle-eyed polymath got his start playing with underground bands in Perth, Western Australia. Webb’s playing was textural and moody, less about look-at- me riffs, more close-your- eyes-and- let-this- wash- over-you- like-a- curling-Margaret- River-wave. Lush.
Since then Methyl Ethel drew the attention of tastemakers from the northern hemisphere after debut US shows at New York’s CMJ conference. Their electric live performances impressed Rolling Stone, NME, The Guardian and 4AD, the latter will give Oh Inhuman Spectacle its worldwide release in 2016. Closer to home, Methyl Ethel were voted into the Triple J Hottest 100 and Oh Inhuman Spectacle has been shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize, up against Courtney Barnett and fellow Perth act Tame Impala.
Jake Webb is a one-man band in the studio with endless sonic ideas for pop songs. Now, having gained so many plaudits from pundits in their home country, Methyl Ethel are ready to leave Perth for the rest of the world. And the heat is on.