Methyl Ethel are an art rock band hailing from Perth, Australia. The group consists of Jake Webb, Thom Stewart, Chris Wright, Jacob Diamond and Lyndon Blue.
Jake Webb used to front Sugarpuss before forming Methyl Ethyl and releasing three studio albums to widespread acclaim. Ubu, the lead single from their second record, Everything Is Forgotten, peaked at #6 on the ARIA charts and launched the outfit into the national spotlight.
Known for the eclectic charisma and glittering falsettos of front man Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel have defined a sound that is uniquely their's which involves elements of indie rock, psych and art rock.
Alongside the band's art rock leanings, a thread of pop sensibility runs through their work. Heavily melodic tracks like Ubu and more recently Trip the Mains are as catchy as they are quirky, with melodies that lodge themselves in the memory long after hearing them for the first time. Jake Webb is the central creative force behind the band, but some of the sophisticated elements of pop songcraft could also be attributed to the production of James Ford, the Brit who has worked with the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Foals.
Considering that the band's last release was in early 2020, the world is hankering for more from this enigmatic crew from Western Australia. Their last release was an EP, Hurts to Laugh. Whether or not they'll be returning with a full-length effort like 2019's Triage, or something else entirely, is yet to be confirmed.
Methyl Ethel, if they're true to form, will return with something that fascinates.