in earnest – Come Upstairs

Come Upstairs’ is an account of mental health from the perspective of a sufferer’s partner, aiming to encourage conversation around the topic. in earnest are an alt/indie trio from Southend-on-Sea, UK, fuelled by the songwriting of front-couple Sarah and Thomas.

Their single ‘Come Upstairs’ is written from Thomas’s perspective, as he urges Sarah not to give up hope.

“In the wake of my partner’s mental health struggles, it feels like I spend every waking moment trying to keep a brave or positive face on and there are times when I find it difficult to maintain my own identity. We’re gradually learning how to combat negative thinking, but I’m usually the one who takes the weight and pulls her out of waves of depression.” 

Thomas’s emotive vocals are the centre-point to a song of desperation, a response to the band’s debut track ‘Put Me Under’. The intensity found in ‘Come Upstairs’ will resonate with fans of Noah Gundersen, Bright Eyes and Julien Baker. 

About in earnest

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. ‘Come Upstairs’ is the second single from In Earnest’s upcoming 6-track EP, due for release in late 2020.

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