ESO is a quintet of non-classically trained musicians (well, one went to school for music…) from Bend, OR. Their new full length, self-titled release seamlessly weaves together space rock, jazz, and afro-punk in a blast of high energy. From the hyper-frenetic opener “Brainjar” to the closing 8 minute-plus “Tiger Puss” the best elements of France the Mute era Mars Volta blended with Tools’ less tense moments (if that’s even possible) meld together to create an energetic and musically layered soundscape. This is well crafted punk-jazz, or whatever you want to call it, that lends itself to so many genres, and might even create a few new ones.
FLABmag had the opportunity to speak with Guitarist, Shane Thomas and Drummer, Lindsey Elias about the evolution of their sound and plans for the future (touring).
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