Esoterica hails from Warlingham UK, but was founded in Africa. They are a well established rock band in the UK and have already supported the likes of H.I.M., playing on the KERRANG! Tour, and having successful radio play with their debut The Fool.
Their sound is being compared to the likes of Tool and A Perfect Circle. They do separate themselves from the crowd of industrial rock with Tobias’s vocals. The entire album is filled with dark guitar melodies mixed with some violins and other stringed orchestral instruments.
My personal favorite off The Fool, and seems to be a car favorite, is “Watch this Drive.” This song starts off with a clip from one of George Bush’s speeches that begins, “We Must Stop the Terror..” Any song that starts off with George Bush is going to be a politically charged song just as Pornocracy’s Evile. The song then proceeds into the very melodic wall of guitars and somber voice of Tobias. This song on the cd is noted as a demo. I think its great the way it is. It’s somber, dark, and delivers a message.
The other song off The Fool that I recommend listening to is “Don’t Rely on Anyone”. The beginning starts of with a strong guitar riff and a very smooth vocal line that leads into a very catchy chorus. The alternative acoustic version on the album I have is almost better than the original “plugged” version. Then again I am a sucker for acoustic performances.
The album was produced by John Fryer, who previously worked with H.I.M., NIN, and Depeche Mode among others. They weren’t messing around and brought out the big guns even on their first album.
Head over to their MySpace to listen to the album and for news updates.
Looking to purchase The Fool and snag some apparel? Check out their store here.
Don’t Rely on Anyone Live Video from YouTube:
Fans in the United States can’t catch these guys live yet, but for all our UK readers Esoterica has tour dates lined up. I know I would love to see their Halloween show on the 31st in Colchester England. I’m looking for a great show to see on Halloween.
Oct 3 2008 8:00P The Arc Caterham, London and South East
Oct 9 2008 8:00P The Grosvenor London, London and South East
Oct 10 2008 8:00P Scruffy Murphys Birmingham, Midlands
Oct 11 2008 8:00P Norgren Club Shipston, Midlands
Oct 17 2008 8:00P Portland Arms Cambridge, London and South East
Oct 18 2008 8:00P The Mint Coventry, Midlands
Oct 20 2008 8:00P The Fleece Bristol, Southwest
Oct 21 2008 8:00P Axe & Cleaver Boston, Midlands
Oct 24 2008 8:00P Bullingdon Arms Oxford, Midlands
Oct 31 2008 8:00P The Twist – HALLOWEEN SHOW Colchetser, London and South East
Nov 8 2008 8:00P Railway Hotel Evesham, Midlands
Need to hear The Fool check out their MySpace and Official Site.
Check out “Don’t Rely on Anyone” and “Watch This Drive” off The Fool.