Your Own Ears presents
Doors 7.30 - £9
TicketWeb [08700 600 100]
or SeeTickets [0870 060 3777]
or Rough Trade Covent Garden [0207 240 0105]
Espers started just a few short years ago as a trio from Philadelphia featuring singer/songwriter Greg Weeks, Meg Baird and Brooke Sietinsons. Their infectious sound quickly brought them increased attention and stints performing with legends like Brigitte St. John, The Incredible String Band and Michael Hurley.
Tonight they deliver a live set of psyche-folk-drone and hypnotic sounds, caustic lead guitars, cellos, doumbeks (Middle Eastern drums) and dholaks (north Indian hand drums) that reinforce and contradict each other in ways that are almost physically intoxicating. Where an acoustic guitar twinkles, its electric counterpart gets frazzled. The predictable warm afterglow of one song is matched by the slippery squeaks, bleeps and Wicker Man weirdness of another.
"Philadelphia's Espers, a truly remarkable band. The trio mix altered state guitars and pastoral unease with far more grace and originality. In their hands, folk music is a living organism, droning and plucked, unsettled and unsettling."[The Guardian ]
Added by underpangs on September 4, 2006