Introducing ESPER SCOUT

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introducing-logoEdgy and provocative Mark E. Smith-endorsed Leeds four-piece…

YOUR NAMES: Sarah, Lou, Rebecca, Kirsty.
BAND NAME: Esper Scout.
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? Sarah – guitar/vocals, Lou – drums/vocals, Rebecca – bass/vocals, Kirsty – guitar.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND/PLAYING MUSIC?
S: Four years, although we’ve known each other for between seven and ten, sometime between starting school and settling in Leeds from Manchester. Me and Kirsty properly became friends swapping mix tapes on a coach trip to Germany. Punk ‘n’ Roll High School 101.

GIVE US THREE REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
R: It’s all about just getting out to the events that people you know and others are putting on and showing you support something you say you care about. Half of the fun is just being involved in your own way, entertaining others as well as yourself.

Esper Scout: “We feel positive”

esper scout liveWHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
S: I think we’re yet to properly capture who we really are in the studio, although I love being in that environment. Clubs I enjoy a lot. Occupational hazard trivia – it’s a pain to see your pedal lights during daylight at festivals, you’ve got to be more on it in that sense. The festivals we’ve played have always been enjoyable.
R: It’s nice to play or be heard in all these places. I think as long as the feeling is good, we feel positive and enjoy performing then the sound is likely to come across well.
K: To me it all depends on the vibe in the group too. We’re such close friends and that comes across in our performances. It would be nice to say that we can do it anywhere!

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRL/BOYFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
R: Sarah just told me about the fold-out Rapido caravan her family used to have. I’ll have one of those! Look them up, there are people assembling them on YouTube! I’d love a barge too.
S: Can I swap the mansion for a leisure centre? I’d really like to set up one which serves the community, not bothered about having a private pool and I’d be happy with a small house. Squash, dodgeball and roller blading.
K: A Round-the-World ticket. And maybe some new walking boots and waterproof jacket.
L: I’d love a studio – perhaps in the basement of my bungalow (sausage dogs don’t do well with stairs). Also I want about five of those.

Esper Scout: “The need to be creative”

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
S: Travel and social work – connecting with and supporting people. The members of Esper Scout have travelled together quite a bit and it’s sad to think about us not doing that any more. We’ve talked about the possibility of setting up or working with a charity, so if we split and can’t as a group I’d like to still pursue that myself.
R: I’d fall back on a new band. Arts and poster design too definitely!
L: My degree and my work in the civil service.
K: Photography and sign-writing, also languages and travel. The need to be creative will always be there, regardless of the craft.

WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
K: I know a lot of amazingly creative people in Leeds, I can’t get away from them! My good friend Anja Madhavani is ridiculously good at everything, music, food etc. and the nicest person one could meet! You might spot her at the Pizza Bus outside the Brudenell. Also, Séarlait McCrea makes beautiful furniture.
S: Max Wooton is a brilliant illustrator! Kelly Boyle too, her kaleidoscopic ball-point pen work is fab and each one is created with such care.

Esper Scout: “It got smashed”

NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
R: Kate Bush and Ian Curtis could be the voices, Carol Kaye and Melissa Auf der Maur on duo-bass duties, Jimmy Chamberlin would bash the drums. Might go horribly wrong.
K: Jimmy Pop Ali from Bloodhound Gang for the wit and Stella Mozgawa for the beats.

esper scout crest artWHAT WAS YOUR FIRST…
RECORD?
S: My friend’s dad used to have a jukebox and she gave me Louise’s Naked on 7″ when I was nine. I think it got smashed and was really upset at the time – I’d love to still own that!
CD?
R: The first CD I ever remember having was Tina Arena, Heaven Help My Heart. I might even still have that single somewhere too. I also owned a Celine Dion CD and remembering word for word the b-side, which was in French.
K: The Beautiful South. Also had a big love for M People too!
L: RUN DMC vs Jason Nevins, It’s Like That.
S: I won Black or White by Michael Jackson at a primary school raffle.

GO SEE THIS FILM:
R: Martyrs. Unless you don’t want to be petrified. I’ve seen it several times because I keep recommending it to friends but we end up watching it together.
K: Hedwig and the Angry Inch or Laurel and Hardy in Towed in a Hole.

Esper Scout: “Switched a light in my head”

GO READ THIS BOOK:
R: Zygmunt Bauman, Sociology after the Holocaust.
S: Jennifer Government by Max Barrie really switched a light on in my head when I was about 11/12. It’s an anti-corporation sci-fi novel which I bought from one of those book club leaflets you used to get in magazines all the time. It’s set in a world where companies have more power than governments.
K: Dip the Puppy by Spike Milligan.

LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS?
R: I’ve been to all these places and they all hold their unique charm. Me, Kirsty and Sarah spent a whole day pretty much riding the buses in LA just getting to one place and back.
S: Great for people watching. Some interesting characters. Especially when you make up stories about them, which I found myself starting to after being on public transport for so long.

AND FINALLY … AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS?
K: Cheers.
S: Haha, sounds like you have such attitude K. When we play ‘Fires, especially at all-ages shows, I like to say something about us all being valuable and not letting other people and pressures bully you down. We’re finishing our set with ‘Gaps’ at the moment and I find it hard to say much after playing that.

Esper Scout play Brudenell Games Room on Saturday October 4, 2014 with Hysterical Injury and Azores.
Belay/Carpet Of A Crest Limited Run 7″ Vinyl / MP3 Download is released October 6.

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