Credit: Eustace Walks
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Credit: Eustace Walks
My name is Oliver Rose. As well as being a member of the Exeter band, the Allergens, I work solo under the pseudonym Eustace Walks - a reference to L. P. Hartley's Eustace & Hilda trilogy.
I have been self-teaching and writing music since the age of 15. Among my many influences are the pulsing lo-fi records that formed synthpop in the late 1970s and early 1980s (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's eponymous debut; Yazoo's Upstairs at Eric's), the gentle acoustic self-productions of Elliott Smith and Bruce Springsteen, the dark Nordic sheen of records produced recently by Susanne Sundfør, Björk and John Grant.
In five years, I have written over 150 songs, in several genres - producing, recording and engineering all of them has been a passion that has developed in parallel. Recently, this has manifested itself in a mass re-recording of my first, early demos. Acquiring cheap instruments and experimenting with limited technology and an equally limited skillset, I have developed in this time a sharply unique voice and produced all manner of esoteric, evocative sounds. My most recent project was a double LP of songs about sexual awakening; before that, I produced "12 Song Memoir", an album's worth of songs about my peer group that were recorded using only one synthesiser.
Creating and experimenting at a furious pace, my work extends to recording local Exeter act, Calma (https://calmamusic.bandcamp.com) and creating original music for the University of Exeter Theatre Company's staged adaptation of A Clockwork Orange. I have also created a Discogs 'label' for music that involves me in any artistic or technical capacity - the Debonair Imprint (https://www.discogs.com/label/1119817-The-Debonair-Imprint).
I am an obsessive listener, collector and creator of music that speaks and I would love, deeply, to spend the rest of my life making music. To those ends, I also have a deep personal interest in fine art and the history of art - specifically the high modern period - as well as a love of fringe film and television (i.e. the work of David Lynch and Lars von Trier). Aside from making music, I am also president of the University of Exeter's music magazine, PearShaped (pearshapedexeter.com).
Listen to my music, and don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested or even critical - I would love to hear from you, whoever you are, wherever you may be.