CatNo.: EOM91V / L&S034 / BCR002
Release Date: 14 June 2019
Playing Time: 38:56
811521019910 (EOM version)
811521018029 (Broken Clover Version)
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- 01 Even Its Lies Enablers 2:46
- 02 Cha Cha Cha Enablers 4:06
- 03 Furthermore Enablers 3:03
- 04 Squint Enablers 4:31
- 05 Goon Seat Enablers 4:10
- 06 Bill, In Consideration Enablers 2:17
- 07 In McCullin's Photograph Enablers 3:58
- 08 Broke Enablers 2:48
- 09 Zones Enablers 11:17
Established in San Francisco, CA in 2002, Enablers’ subsequent five LPs and four EPs have signaled a transcendent approach to “Spoken Word” music.
Enablers began when Pete Simonelli asked guitarist Kevin Thomson to collaborate on a book & musical project. Joe Frank Byrnes accepted the invitation to play the drums, and guitarist Joe Goldring joined the band shortly thereafter.
Since the 2004 release of their first LP, End Note (Neurot Recordings), Enablers have established a new direction in spoken word music. The prose and poetry of Pete Simonelli is intricately woven into the dynamic interplay of guitarists Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson, and punctuated by the compulsive and precise drumming of a changing corps of drummers, among them such illustrious names as Yuma Joe Burns, Neil Turpin, Doug Scharin, and now Sam Ospovat. Musically, the compositions range from melodic minimalism to heavy, rhythmically challenging thickets of sound.
Following their first release, End Note, came Output Negative Space (Neurot Recordings, 2004 and 2006, respectively). In 2008, their third LP, Tundra (Exile on Mainstream and Majic Wallet [US]), was released along with two improvisational EPs: The Achievement (Awesome Vistas) and Now You Can Answer My Prayers (Lancashire and Somerset). With an almost entirely DIY approach to touring and their reliably intense live performances, Enablers have pleased fans in the underground of the European continent and the UK, earning much credibility along the way as a constantly visible, working band.
In 2011 Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions (Exile On Mainstream + Lancashire and Somerset), their fourth release, found Enablers evolving even more. The record’s textural and evocative sound realized a new direction while accentuating the singular elements of musicianship and imagination that made the previous releases so engaging.
Their fifth release, The Rightful Pivot, followed in 2015 and took a more intuitive approach to songwriting and collaboration, while holding on to all the ingredients—tension, surprise, and fluidity– that have always distinguished the band’s polished and idiosyncratic sound. Berlinesque, their third improvisational EP (self-released on Bandcamp), was a virtual primer for Pivot’s musical shift in focus.
The 2019 LP, Zones— a cooperational release by Lancashire and Somerset, Exile on Mainstream and Broken Clover Records — is a further example of Enablers’ push for musical expansion and growth. Zones represents a band that is increasingly more comfortable with experimentation and improvisation, while continuing to embrace all the musical elements that have established their sound and style for close to twenty years. It is a fully realized record and a continuation of the band’s refusal to be pinned down by category or genre. 2019 has also seen the release of Enablers’ fourth EP, Pigeon Diaries (Bandcamp [streaming], expected as vinyl on Lancashire and Somerset later in the year), which once again offers listeners a sonic prelude to their forthcoming LP.
Zones and The Pigeon Diaries are the impetus for the 2019 tour.
Joe Goldring (former Swans, Toiling Midgets, Touched by a Janitor) on guitar
Kevin Robert Thomson (former Nice Strong Arm, Timco, Touched by a Janitor, now Hazel Atlas) also on guitar
poet, writer, and narrator Pete Simonelli on vocals.
Rounding out the line-up is drummer Sam Ospovat (Ava Mendoza, Brendan Seabrook, Beep!, tUnE-yArDs, William Winant).
THE PRESS SEZ:
selected German press quotes:
ECLIPSED 04/2015 – 8/10 Punkte: Auch auf ihrem mittlerweile fünften Album dringt eine ungewöhnliche Art von Musik aus den Boxen: Simonellis eindringlicher Spoken-Word-Vortrag erinnert an die rastlosen Sprecharien eines Henry Rollins in ruhigeren Momenten wiederum an die Poesie-Lesungen Jim Morrisons. Das Power Trio hinter ihm changiert zwischen wütendem Punkrock und mit Ambient-Momenten gespickten Postrock, der gerade in den elegischen Passagen an Genre-Größen wie Tortoise erinnert.
WESTZEIT 04/2015 – 4/5 Punkte: Poesie. Gepaart mit IndieRock. Wow. Die Kalifornier sind fleißig und präsentieren anno 2015 mit ihrem sechsten Longplayer in sieben Jahren eine perfekte Symbiose von Musik und gesprochenem Wort. Da lohnt es sich, mehr als ein Ohr reinzuwerfen, gerne an Wein-getränkten Frühlingsabenden, an denen alle anderen woanders sitzen und miteinander lachen. Inklusive apokalyptischem Finale. Gänsehaut.
OX 05/2015: …im Kern instrumentaler Postrock, der sich wie Jazz anfühlt, ohne Jazz zu sein. Lakonisch erzählt Simonelli seine Texte, sein Rhythmus ergibt sich aus den Sätzen. Und obwohl Texte und Musik auch losgelöst voneinander funktionieren würden, entsteht die Magie der Enablers doch erst in der Kombination – ein erneut sehr stimmungsvolles Album, das mich an die fantastische ‚Cubist Blues‘-Platte von Alan Vega und Ben Vaughn erinnert.
MUSIKANSICH.DE: Das US-amerikanische Quartett Enablers ist anders. Ihre Songs sind keine Songs im traditionellen Sinne, sondern vertonte Gedichte. Wobei, auch nicht ganz… Der Dreh- und Angelpunkt der Band ist Lyriker Pete Simonelli, der seine Dichtungen und Geschichten äußerst leidenschaftlich in bester Spoken-Word-Manier vorträgt, während der Rest der Band diese auf interessante Weise untermalt. Ein derartiges Vorhaben kann leicht prätentiös wirken. Doch den Enablers ist es auf ihren bisherigen vier Alben gelungen eine tolle Symbiose aus gesprochenem Wort und Musik zu erschaffen. Man kann einem Label wie Exile on Mainstream für den Mut danken, so etwas zu veröffentlichen!
selected English press quotes:
From Jack Chuter’s Storm Static Sleep – A Pathway Through Post-Rock:(Enablers’) music lands between the slippery harmonic surfaces of early 90s post-rock and the softened elegance of the more modern incarnations of it, the guitars dragged like a ribbon by the elusive poetic imagery of Pete Simonelli’s spoken word.
From Jordan Mamone, writing for Noisey: Enablers’ snaking guitar telepathy is equally distinctive…Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson (have) refined an intuitive vocabulary of filigreed arpeggios, needling leads, and grand crescendos that roil like the vast Pacific….Simonelli has accomplished that rarest of feats: enhancing slow-burning, noir-ish rock with unapologetic poetry that actually flatters rather than overshadows the songs…(Ospovat’s) improvisational arsenal of rolls, taps, and flutters allows for spontaneity without sacrificing impact.
Drowned in Sound writer Mike Diver described them as “a confrontational band, a visceral beast of eight legs and one mouth that never quits, its stream of freeform hang-loose lyricism owing a debt in style, perhaps, to literary forefathers”.
NY Times best-selling author, Beth Lisick, in The SF Weekly described the band as, “visceral spoken word backed by perhaps the world’s best power trio.”
WIRE – review (May 2015 issue): Enablers’ true calling is to rock out.”
ROCK A ROLLA – review (Feb/March 2015 issue): Intelligent, driven and offering a uniquely bleak insight into modern living. Enablers continue to astound with every step and giant leap.
DROWNED IN SOUND – 8/10 review (April 2015): It has long been a treasured fact, for those in the know, that Enablers are one of the finest underground rock bands in the world…Not only is it a very fine record – almost indisputably the group’s best to date – but it also acts as an expert guide to the multi-faceted Enablers sound. Simonelli is always reliable, a storyteller who has managed to adopt beat stylings without alienating listeners whose literary interests reside elsewhere entirely….Enablers have grafted their way towards a post-punk approach that enables them to accentuate their core attributes whilst simultaneously articulating clearer than ever the restless energy that has always been at the heart of their music.
THE SKINNY – 5/5 review (April 2015): Mirroring his performance-poet mastery of cadence and timing, Enablers’ well-travelled musicians whip up a storm of post-rock dynamics that emphasise his undertones with power and dexterity, often adding up to majesty….The best is saved ‘til last, however – Enopolis’ layered textures underwrite a spirited percussive chaos, stabbing and slashing at fractured bleakness to create something uniqely resonant. Both gut-rupturingly visceral and cerebrally complex, Enablers are a remarkable band.
SOUNDBLAB – review (April 2015): There’s a steadily building momentum as guitars cascade and vocalist Pete Simonelli intones, shouts and passionately dispenses his ever capable lyricism. It’s a world inhabited by troubled streets, police cars, wet matches and empty cans; the capacity for violence hanging in the air but with glimpses of something beautiful lingering under the darkness.
ECHOES AND DUST – review (March 2015): With a more sparse approach more than ever Enablers live or die by the quality of singer/narrator Pete Simonelli’s writing. Thankfully he’s an impressive wordsmith, portraying a cast of no hopers and down and outers living their lives less than well with a novelist’s ear for detail… If you’ve ever craved a band that did what Slint did on those Spiderland tracks and took it in weird and wonderful narrative directions you’ll probably already be aware of Enablers. And if not you might just have found your new favourite band.
End Note (CD 2004, Neurot Recordings)
New Moon (7” split with Red Panda, 2005, Lancashire and Somerset)
Output Negative Space (CD 2006 released on Neurot Recordings; re-issued on vinyl by Lancashire and Somerset, 2012)
The Achievement (EP 2007, Awesome Vistas)
Tundra (CD 2008 Majic Wallet & Exile on Mainstream, LP Lancashire and Somerset)
Now You Can Answer My Prayers (EP 2009, Lancashire and Somerset,)
Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions (LP/CD, 2011, Exile on Mainstream/Lancashire and Somerset dual release)
Berlinesque (EP, 2014, digital release on Bandcamp)
The Rightful Pivot (LP/CD, 2015, Lancashire and Somerset/Exile on Mainstream dual release, Atypeek digital)
Pigeon Diaries (EP, 2019, digital release on Bandcamp, vinyl to be expected later in 2019)
Zones (LP, 2019, Lancashire and Somerset/Exile on Mainstream dual release).
- 06.06.2019 FRA – Nantes, tba.
- 07.06.2019 FRA – Bayonne, Mangeto
- 08.06.2019 ESP – Kaiola Festibala Galdako
- 09.06.2019 ESP – Don Benito, Rio Pincon Sound
- 11.06.2019 ESP – Madrid, La Faena II
- 12.06.2019 ESP – Zaragoza, Arrebato
- 13.06.2019 ESP – Benicarlo, PTIG
- 14.06.2019 ESP – Barcelona, Bocca Nord
- 15.06.2019 FRA – Marseille, L’embobineuse
- 16.06.2019 FRA – Gerardemer, Le Grattoir
- 17.06.2019 FRA – Thionville, tba.
- 19.06.2019 GER – Leipzig, UT Connewitz
- 20.06.2019 CZ – Prague, 007
- 21.06.2019 CZ – Moravia, Soulkostel
- 22.06.2019 POL – Krakov, Alchemia
- 23.06.2019 GER – Berlin, Zukunft
- 25.06.2019 GER – Hamburg, Hafenklang
- 27.06.2019 BEL – Liège, Kultura
- 28.06.2019 NL – Amsterdam, OCCII
- 29.06.2019 BEL – Bruxelles, Magasin 4
- 03.07.2019 NL – Utrecht, Kromme Haring
- 04.07.2019 FRA – Lille, La Bulle Cafe
- 05.07.2019 FRA – Paris, La Ferme Electrique
- 06.07.2019 UK – London, Electrowerkz