- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: POP GROUP 'ETERNAL' TALK ABOUT THEIR NEW ALBUM 'BEFORE THE RAIN'
- Date: 11th February 1997
- Summary: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (FEBRUARY 11, 1997) (REUTERS) ASKED WHAT SETS ETERNAL APART FROM OTHER 'GIRL BANDS' LIKE THE SPICE GIRLS, KELLE SAYS "I COULD NEVER SAY ONE GROUP'S BETTER THAN ANOTHER, I JUST SAY WE'RE VERY DIFFERENT. WE'RE A BAND WHO.... WE ARE DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE DO HAVE BELIEFS, BECAUSE WE ARE VERY MORALISTIC AND WE WERE BROUGHT UP WITH A VERY STRONG FOUNDATION WHICH MAKES US THE PEOPLE WE ARE. IT'S NOT A FAKE THING, IT'S ACTUALLY THE PEOPLE WE ARE. WE DON'T SMOKE, WE DON'T DRINK, WE DON'T TAKE DRUGS, AND YOU WOULDN'T VERY REGULARLY FIND US IN A NIGHTCLUB, BUT THAT'S JUST BECAUSE THAT'S THE TYPE OF PEOPLE WE ARE, WE DON'T PRETEND TO BE ANYTHING THAT WE'RE NOT. (ENGLISH)
- Embargoed: 26th February 1997 12:00
- Location: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Entertainment,General
- Reuters ID: LVAAEISJT443IBUNAN4Y6EUME77J
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- Story Text: British group Eternal will reveal a new, socially-aware side to their music with their new single, "Don't You Love Me", which is due out on March 3.
Inspired by the scenes of poverty the girls witnessed during their last world tour, the song contrasts the life of a motherless, destitute boy with the indifference of a society that is wrapped up in the pursuit of wealth.
"Don't You Love Me" is a foretaste of Eternal's thirdalbum, "Before The Rain" (to be released on March 17).
"It's one of the few social issue songs we've done," said Vernie Bennett, "And they've all been on this album... We've travelled the world, we've been to places like Bangkok, five-star hotels, where you look out of the window and see shanty towns and that's really shocking".
Eternal's compassion for the less fortunate stems from their Christian beliefs. Sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett were brought up in the faith, as their mother is a preacher, and their religion helps them to keep their feet on the ground despite the pressures of life in show business.
The church was also the venue for the sisters' first singing experiences and gospel music is a major influence running through their work even now.
The third member of the trio, Kelle Bryan, introduced Easther and Vernie to the pop music the sisters were not allowed to listen to at home, and the Eternal sound was born.
Eternal's development as songwriters is evident in "Before The Rain", as half of the tracks on the album were composed by the girls themselves. Vernie has installed studio facilities in her home, allowing the group to put their inspirations onto tape whilst they are still fresh.
Eternal are due to perform their new material for fans worldwide when they hit the road next month.
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