Belay / Carpet of a Crest 7" out now on Bomb the Twist / Kill Rock Stars
Order or stream at


Carpet of a Crest

Live Dates

31st December

The Brudenell Social Club (as Queens of the Stone Age)
Check online for more info...


‘Like a slow Stooges - They're good!' - Mark E Smith (MOJO magazine)
‘Exhilarating, truly edgy & cleverly provocative. With heartfelt, precise and clever lyrics, the quartet balance weight and depth with accessibility and charm’ - 24 Our Music
‘Memorable melodies, riffs, breakdowns and progressive builds with heartfelt, precise and clever lyrics' - AFV
Esper Scout are an experimental rock band based in Leeds, UK, driven by empowering and characterful guitars and bass, passionate lyrical content and expressive, catchy drum rhythms which together create 'warm dynamic songs with dense textures and vibrant hooks' (Vibrations).

Their sound is curious, courageous, engaging and exciting, with songs and performances that drift through moods from lively to somber. The band's direct and focused attitude both live and in the studio leaves audiences drawn in, hooked and willingly shook up by the captivating four piece.

Belay / Carpet of a Crest 7" and download out now on Bomb the Twist
Kill Rock Stars US digital release November

photo - Mark Knowles

Scroll down to see videos for Assumpta Tang, Gaps in the Border Fence and Shed Some Light,
as well as news, interviews, live dates & reviews


For the most up to date information visit us on Facebook and Twitter / @esperscout


BIG NEWS - Being fans of Elliott Smith, Sleater Kinney, Bikini Kill, the Thermals, Marnie Stern, Quasi, Delta 5, The Raincoats, Deerhoof (and more!) for many years, we're chuffed to announce that the legendary label KILL ROCK STARS will be releasing Belay / Carpet of a Crest as a digital download in the USA in November.

Much gratitude to good friend Kelvin Knight of NMB / Delta 5 and Portia Sabin KRS. It's a dream come true to be associated with a label who many - ourselves included - keep in such high regard and has held such relevance, past and present. Look them up, unlike us they're seriously cool.

KRS founder Slim Moon's birthday is the day after mine too (Oct 14/15th); felt a nice tipping of the Libran scales this afternoon.

More info

Sarah - Rebecca - Kirsty - Lou


Physical copies of Belay / Carpet of a Crest on limited 7" vinyl and download will be available through Bomb the Twist in October. Pre-order at


New video for Carpet of a Crest directed by Jonathan White is here! Stream from YouTube above.
Filmed on Morecambe Bay with rogue dogs and windsurfers.


NEW MUSIC VIDEO alright! Our pals at 24OurMusic have released the first review for the Belay / Carpet of a Crest 7". Love those Canadians.

Pre-order the vinyl at (with artwork by Kirsty and Rebecca).

LINK: 24Our Music 'Belay' video and review -


Today being the 20th anniversary of his death @ChampionUpNorth asked me to write some words about Kurt Cobain.

When I go with my instincts, as I often do, and say 'yes' to things they always seem to prove themselves to be worthwhile in one way or another, but when I accepted the last-minute proposition on Thurs I didn't quite realise what fulfillment and relevance I would end up finding through it (so cheers for asking me guys!)


Artwork by Geraldine Greenwood / Geraldineartshop ('ave a look-see)


After a gig at the Packhorse last year Kelvin ex-Delta 5 very kindly liked us enough to pass our name on to David Icke's The People's Voice TV.

So we went down to see them in London a couple of weeks ago and even spotted David in the office. Really wanted to ask him about Oprah being a member of the Illuminati but seemed tied up fighting a war of words with the mainstream media. His son Gareth interviewed us though and wore a shirt with a drawing of Brian Blessed brawling a polar bear on (pretend I say 'Paul Collins Beat' instead of 'Phil'. Twuurp.)

17:45 - Belay (first time we played this outside our basement; risky bizniz)
26:05 - Interview (featuring K's proudest talent)
45:30 - Fires


Hey all! Recorded at Luck Lane Studios in August 2013 three live versions of songs from 'Poet Curses' are now up for free download at our Bandcamp page! Watch live videos of 'Fires' and 'Swallowing the Sun' at our Youtube page.

Kirsty, Lou, Rebecca & Sarah


Bit bizarre - Mark E Smith mentioned us in MOJO.
Me, Kirsty and Reb moved to Leeds a few years ago but that's moot! Sarah x


Last week me, Kirsty and Rebecca took a short trip to Germany and while wandering around popped into the brilliant Berlin Guitars (lots of Hagstroms to choose from!) Our friend Kelly filmed a couple of songs so thought we'd share. Sarah x

Gaps in the Border Fence (acoustic) live at Berlin Guitars

Swallowing the Sun (acoustic) live at Berlin Guitars


This week we released the first of two live videos from our session at Luck Lane in August, shot by AshTV / edited by Beed Studios.

It was a hot one - as it would be to swallow the sun, gerrit, gerrit? Gone.

Swallowing the Sun live at Luck Lane


This last week of gigs has been a blast! Thanks to The Audacious Art Experiment, Wharf Chambers, Ladyfest Leeds as well as Spacenois, ILL, Two Trick Horse and Etai Keshiki. It's nice to have Poet Curses out too - stream, download (£3) or buy (CD £5) through or Next Sat we're playing Nation of Shopkeepers at 4pm Oxjam Leeds Takeover with some great bands including Allusondrugs and old stage-pals NARCS. Below are a few videos from last night which have found their way online!

Assumpta Tang

Gaps in the Border Fence -

Shed Some Light - LINK HERE

Sarah, Rebecca, Kirsty, Lou x


HOLD UP, Poet Curses is out TODAY!

During recording the time flew by at the wonderfully warm Eiger Music Studios with good friend Paul PIC Music Productions, who's sadly passed away Mum Annette Crompton's painting was chosen for the cover art. The hours at home in Hut 57 with the 8-track wasn't as toasty but homely as always and we did alright hiding under duvets manning each-other's takes. It kind of did feel like Scouts camping, but indoors and surrounded by soothing LED fireflies and the hum of valve amp fans instead of insect wings floating around your ear.

Kirsty was busting out some right finger-tapping moves last night to limber up for this eve's gig (except she doesn't tap in any of the songs?) Will these skills ever see the light of day? Hopefully, but only if someone brings a tub of Twiglets.

Anyway, happy hearing! Download, buy or stream at and share around and recommend if it's your bag. Sarah, Rebecca, Kirsty & Lou x


Pre-orders of POET CURSES released today at (click the music tab at the top of the page)! We've added a handful of new dates over the next few months, with Brighton and London next week then the POET CURSES launch at Wharf Chambers (Leeds) on the 14th October as well as Sheffield, Oxjam Leeds and support to Obsessive Compulsive. That's what's a-crackin'.x


Thanks so much to our pal the fittingly named 'Scout' and her @WeAreWULF team for making us look cooler than we are in the new Assumpta Tang video! Watch in the dark and WARNING: Contains HAIR (prizes for spotting Kirsty's face more then twice.)

Track available as a 'pay what you want' download (with Gaps in the Border remix) next Monday 19th Aug via. the website and Bandcamp

Love Shouty, Speccy , Seven (years old) and 'Sexy'-Pout Scout x


Hey folks, our next single 'Assumpta Tang' will be released on the 19th August via. Bandcamp with its video (the result of a dizzy day's filming in Ancoats with members of Manchester's WeAreWULF collective, out a week earlier on the 12th. In the meantime here's a couple of quick clips from the cutting room floor. Producer Loran has a quick bounce mid-shots...


Lou's spotted an article featured in the Guardian yesterday about events which inspired Gaps in the Border Fence... 'zdravstvuj' (hello), context!

"Veteran fans had what they called "Records on Ribs", Beatles tracks copied from illicit tape recordings and inscribed on to old X-ray plates - so children could listen to Can't Buy Me Love on Uncle Sergei's lungs..."

- Push to Fire Interview -


Find out why voodoo Lou will be 'crashing' America, future lyrical ticks and more details about what we're up to at the mo in Sarah's quick interview with ace blog Push to Fire LINK

- Music Liberation - Glastonbury Emerging Talent -


We made it to the last 120 of 8000 of the Glastonbury 2013 Emerging Talent list thanks to Music Liberation! This number will get whittled down to 8 over the coming weeks, but in the meantime check out the interview we had with them HERE

Kirsty: "It-s been a dream of mine for ages to tour with the Bloodhound Gang around Europe on their party bus. If we ever did we-d need to bring some ear defenders and eye mask for Lou. The girl-s gotta sleep... and a cycle helmet. Nobody wants Lou with a head-chill!"

- AntiMusic 'Singled Out' feature -


Sarah was asked by AntiMusic (in sunny California) to write a bit about Shed Some Light for their feature 'Singled Out' and it's been put online today HERE

"[we] formed our first band in my parents' garage, beginning our musical lives slap-bang in the middle of a rock n' roll cliche, except ours had a drum riser fashioned from cunningly acquired builders materials..."

- Oxjam interview -


"I’d be surprised if you any of us were to turn up to a gig one day with gold plated teeth, unless we fashioned something from Quality Street wrappers and an old gum shield from P.E..." LINK

Assumpta Tang by @WeAreWULF

Shed Some Light Video (band edit montage)

Gaps in the Border Fence

- 24 Our Music -

'Exhilarating, truly edgy & cleverly provocative.'

- Vibrations Magazine -

'[Gaps in the Border Fence] is a sombre and serious epic indie.'

- NoTiTLE -

'There’s much to admire in the dreamy landscape that Esper Scout creates. They conjure up memorable melodies with effortless ease.'

- Leeds Music Scene live review by Rebecca Atkinson -

'The influence of bands like the Mars Volta is clear in their music but the vocal delivery makes them closer to Manchester favourites Oceansize. Comparisons to Warpaint also seem valid as the set goes all shoegazey at times with good dual vocals and clever breakdowns.'

- *AFV Magazine, Winter 2012 -

'[Esper Scout] execute their sound with perfection... great vocals and lyrics, precise and clever.'

- NoTiTLE -

'[Esper Scout] provide charisma, effortless wisecracks and plenty of dynamic moments. The personality role of each member was fulfilled to perfection without feeling forced, unlike glossy magazine interviews with more famous girl groups.'

Esper Scout