The last three trips over to the UK, I have tried to meet up with Esper Scout's Sarah Statham to no avail. Leading up to each trip, we've spoken several times to see if our paths would cross, but she was either in the states or back home in Manchester. We just weren't in the same place at the same time, it wasn't in the stars. Next year, I will make it up north to see her and her band. They've been an Aimless Skylarking favorite from the beginning, capturing my attention with their name being pulled from Alfred Bester's excellent Sci-Fi title, The Demolished Man. Now they're back with a new track full of their signature straight forward highly informed rock and roll, 'Gaps in the Border Fence'. The track is available on a Come Play With Me split with ZoZo. Stream it below.
Sometimes you just want to share the B-side of a single. This is one of those instances, and I'll go on the record and say there's nothing wrong with the A-side. Leeds based 4-piece Esper Scout's 'In Foreign' is quite a fine song, a slow-burning intelligent rocker, but when I listened to the band's cover of Delta 5's 'Anticipation', I had to share it. I felt like it fit the whimsy on display in the photo above. Don't you think?
Anyway, the band is out on a mini-tour right now, opening for the Cribs on a handful of dates. They kicked it all off last night in Bristol, with the remaining dates listed below.
26th Nottingham Rock City
28th London Roundhouse
29th Oxford O2
30th Portsmouth Pyramids
The band is a long time Aimless Skylarking favorite, and one day I'll get to see them live. Stream 'Anticipation below.
A few weeks back we featured a favorite English band, Esper Scout, and their very cool track 'Carpet of a Crest'. We've been keeping tabs on the band, and spoke with frontwoman Sarah last week and she let us know the band is in the States playing 3 shows. Well, 2 have passed, but there is one tomorrow night in Seattle at the Victory Lounge at 9:30pm PST. Four bands for $5, that's a lot of music for the price. If you're in Seattle and looking for something to do on a Tuesday, drop by the Victory Lounge and give the band a cheer, or three. Then buy them a drink.
More information on the show can be found here: Victory Lounge
It's been a quiet week in the mailbox this week. Perhaps my wallet needed the break, but I am afraid the it won't last long. It never does.
A few weeks back I mentioned the band Esper Scout, and featured their latest song, 'Carpet of a Crest' as the Song of the Day. I ordered the 7 inch featuring 'Carpet of a Crest' and 'Belay', and it was delivered yesterday.
Did I mention I don't own a turntable? Of course I have, many times over.
Lots of new music in today's mail -- Robert Plant's latest solo album, 'lullaby and ... The Ceaseless Roar', Interpol's 'El Pintor', Karen O's 'Crush Songs'. I listened to the Plant and Interpol via NPR streams last week, and have heard a few of the cuts from Crush Songs, so I'm not diving into these blind, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't anxious to listen again. But, the playing field just got a bit more crowded with the surprise release of a free U2 album, Songs of Innocence, on iTunes.