I am a very lazy man. So when a PR agency sends me details of something that I quite like, then you know that I’m just going to copy and paste it over here with a little bit of editing. Espers are very good – I’ve only got ‘Espers II’ on my laptop, and if you’re into a little bit of folk then it’s an excellent record. Greg weeks from the band is pretty good on his own too, and check out his 2008 album The Hive if you’ve not already. Anyway, Copy and Paste time:
‘III’ released 2nd November
Shred Yr Face 3 tour dates announced
Recorded over the Winter and Spring of 2009, Espers III was intended to be an aural tonic to the layered fullness of the band’s second offering. The idea was to record as little as possible in the hope of achieving a stronger, more oxygenated sonic presence. Where II was meant to be almost claustrophobic in its density and darkness, III was envisioned as being a lighter affair; less heavy and more nuanced. The band attempted to create something that would be perhaps cheery at times, though that mark may have been missed. As more time passed in the recording process, a growing dementia within both song and lyrics occurred, such that even the lightest of fare from III seems oddly unwholesome at heart.
As with past releases, III was recorded with the LP in mind. The album is intended to work as a whole and has been organized to best play as two equally weighted sides. Recorded entirely to analogue tape, the album was then also mixed to tape – a factor that became all the more important as an emphasis on underplaying increased. When more space is created in a recording the less sterile that space becomes.
Now officially a five piece, Espers III features bass by Greg Weeks, this being the only structural change from previous efforts. Espers II was the last full length album recorded in Greg’s Hexham Head studio. Weeks and the studio have moved from city locale to pastoral backdrop, a relocation that will no doubt factor into the sonics of future Espers endeavours.
SHRED YR FACE 3 (Espers/The Cave Singers/Woods)//
Nov 08th Rough Trade instore – London
Nov 09th The Farmhouse – Canterbury
Nov 10th Hare & Hounds – Birmingham
Nov 11th Crawdaddy – Dublin
Nov 12th Speakeasy (Radar Club) – Belfast
Nov 13th Stereo – Glasgow
Nov 14th The Electric Circus – Edinburgh
Nov 15th The Cluny – Newcastle
Nov 16th The Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
Nov 17th Academy 3 – Manchester
Nov 19th Fleece – Bristol
Nov 20th ULU – London
Well, the ‘Shred yr face’ name might be a little inappropriate, but it’s definitely still worth getting down to the show closest to you.
Here’s a song:
Espers – Mansfield and Cyclops mediafire