Erotic Secrets of Pompeii

Sounds likeTalking Heads, IDLES, Nick Cave, Snapped Ankles, Daughters

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Apocalyptic art punk from Bristol, redefining the line between music, self-exorcism, and great shirts.
Winding post-punk and experimental rock together like two ends of a fraying rope, Erotic Secrets of Pompeii's songs ring with disparate elements, from industrial to world music.

The vocals descend from baritone drawl to manic yelp as quickly as the music pivots from catchy groove-based euphony to discord and angulation.

Their lyrics, full of symbols and slogans, are charged with unsettling, grotesque imagery, exploring both society and the self. Their dramatic live performances incorporate Old Testament fervour and man's earthy, obscene appetites.

Initially conceived by frontman and self-appointed Svengali/Koresh figure Thomas Hawtin in the spring of 2018, ESOP's journey has been like that of an incoming meteor hurtling towards indiscriminate decimation. Alongside Hawtin (vocals/samples/percussion), the band comprises Tom Hackwell (guitars/keys/textures), Tim Helps (drums), Sean Jones (guitar), and Mole (bass).

Debut album 'Witness in the House of Pox' holds a bizzaro mirror up to the world, offering back a surreal image of the unstable times we live in. The songs are charged with Lynchian imagery and grotesque characters who rant, ramble, and repent atop an apocalyptic groove that is as tight as it is chaotic.

Erotic Secrets of Pompeii invite you to bear witness to a world that is sick, a world that lies beneath the topsoil of the everyday, beneath our very noses; a place beyond our peripheral vision, which is closer than we'd like to think.

The band serves up an unhinged sonic squall incorporating funk, Germanic cabaret, and even breakbeat, while exploring the transgressions of authority figures, the dangers of masculinity, and the decomposition of the self.

Erotic Secrets of Pompeii’s debut full-length release ‘Witness in the House of Pox’ has been available for consumption since March 2019 - a year set too be their undoing. Stand back and watch the self-destruction, the mad flagellation..

WARNING! Content contains violent, catastrophic, and grotesque imagery. Themes include the banality of evil within the everyman; the walls we put up between nations as well as in our own personal lives; the lizard people who are deflowering our young; and that great big worm in your leg that controls your every waking decision.

"Deliciously disturbing..."
- Fresh On The Net

"Like Gary Numan in a horror-filled nightmare jamming with Tom Waits and Franz Ferdinand."
- Trust-The-Doc

"Snapped Ankles meets The Clash meets Captain Beefheart"
- Long Live Vinyl Editor

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Date Wednesday 18 September 2019 at 19:00
Address The Louisiana, Wapping Road, Bathurst Terrace, Bristol, UK, BS1 6UA

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