we present a brand new project from legendary American alt rocker Thalia Zedek (of Come).
Her singular, weather worn voice frontng a new power trio of experimental rock troubadours (Jason Sanford of Neptune and Gavin McCarthy of Karate). Sure to fill the cozy confines of Array with a big sound, including those emenating from a hand-made electric guitar!
Thalia is currently on tour in the US opening for Dinosaur Jr. and Steve Gunn.
E’s debut album arrives on venerated American indie label Thrill Jockey Nov 11th.
“…wiry jerking groove that brings to mind and fuses together the post-punk shards of Gang Of Four, Bush Tetras, Wire and Mission Of Burma into a sublime whole….potent mix of visceral minimalism and artful intellect”
CLAQUEUR (UK) – “a member of a claque.” Lisa Fannen- viola, voice & Jer Reid guitar, Ex-Dawson/Sum Shapes/Schlebie/Nostril)
Hwrh is a newly formed band arising from the ashes of former bands Zoppo, Space Siren and Starring Lisa. Kees Appeldoorn is pulling strings again, together with Space Sirens rhythm section Ineke Duivenvoorde and Aico Turba, Joris Postema is closing the ranks on guitar.
Hwrh delivers edgy yet melodic song-based structures and will start recording their debut record in Katzwijm studios soon.
Cees van Appeldoorn – vocals, guitar
Joris Postema – guitar
Aico Turba – bass
Ineke Duivenvoorde – drums
E, the trio of Thalia Zedek (Come, Uzi, Live Skull), Jason Sanford (Neptune), and Gavin McCarthy (Karate), have crafted an album that fuses an explosive, industrial sound with the patience and reservation only practiced songwriters can invoke. While each member has decades of experience in the alternative scenes of rock music, their collaborative efforts have combined in a work that is both unlike anything that’s come before them, and the result of three veterans working in total harmony. What sets E apart from their contemporaries is their almost youthful willingness to experiment, while having the maturity to show restraint and austerity. On their self-titled debut album, E have developed a sound that is both mechanically oriented and emotional, a combination they could only describe as “soul music for machines.”
E defies expectations – while having no bassist, the sound is driving and with an emphasis on rhythm. “Delicate Fingers” is a great example of their inventive approach. The propulsive tom-heavy drumming of McCarthy in tandem with Sanford’s specially crafted bass-tone stomp boxes provides a relentless drive. Each member sings on the album, bringing their own lyrics and melodies to the table, and sometimes crossing and interweaving with another’s vocals. Where most bands with more than one singer might gravitate towards harmonies, E instead showcases each player’s voice as an individual, with McCarthy even providing some of the albums fiercest vocal performance on the explosive “Candidate.” Several songs find the band trading lyrical and vocal duties, such as “I Want to Feel Good,” where Sanford’s mantra “I want to feel good” trades off with Zedek’s impassioned lyrics about immigration.
The name E itself is representative of the band – a trio of lines, each equal in length, each sticking out equally from a base. Because each player is so distinguished and distinct in their playing styles, E is able to exhibit total control over their sound, while still focusing on having the freedom to experiment. Whether it’s stomping on a wooden block housing the blade from a hacksaw for bass tones, or approaching the drum kit as a melodic instrument, the band said themselves, “it’s about freedom.”