Leeds-based Esper Scout combine melody, harmony and rhythm to create 'warm dynamic songs with dense textures and vibrant hooks'*. Debut mini-album Poet Curses (co-recorded and produced by previous collaborator Paul Crompton and Esper Scout at the band's base 'Hut 57' and Eiger Studios)
is available at www.esperscout.bandcamp.com
The Packhorse (Leeds) w/ Chaos of Birds (Oakland CA, USA) - £ FREE
The Finsbury (London) w/ Cat Bear Tree
photo - Mark Knowles
"A well-constructed stage persona is the essence of performance and they were all captivating...The fresh vibrancy between band and audience gives the whole affair a nice warm glow. They’re doing the right thing and they’re doing it well."
You can find a recent and rather lovely review of the Poet Curses launch at Wharf Chambers from Champion Up North HERE 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 www.esperscout.com or www.esperscout.bandcamp.com.
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 someone's kindly put online!
Gaps in the Border Fence - LINK HERE
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 www.esperscout.bandcamp.com and share around and recommend if it's your bag. Sarah, Rebecca, Kirsty & Lou x
Pre-orders of POET CURSES released today at www.esperscout.bandcamp.com (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..."
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
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!"
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..."
"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
'Exhilarating, truly edgy & cleverly provocative.'
'[Gaps in the Border Fence] is a sombre and serious epic indie.'
'There’s much to admire in the dreamy landscape that Esper Scout creates. They conjure up memorable melodies with effortless ease.'
'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.'
'[Esper Scout] execute their sound with perfection... great vocals and lyrics, precise and clever.' '[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.'
- 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.'