Magic Bullet Records
17 Argyle Hills Dr.
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
• e-mail contact: click
• eBay auctions: click
• MBR MySpace: click
up for our e'mail list!
the edge of an impossibly calm reservoir, face down among broken glass
and apocalyptic debris, you have no identification... no recollection
of how you ended up here. Barely mobile and completely taxed, you
rise, fearing what is to be found and not found. Did you initiate
this catastrophe or are you a reluctant survivor left in place to
rebuild what’s left?
This duality is the thematic arc of I Am Your Bastard Wings,
the dramatic full length debut from Boston-based sextet EKSI
EKSO (pronounced 'ex-ee ex-o'). Forged with a sense of triumph
and hope when everything else has been eradicated, the album pendulates
over the fine balance between creation and annihilation: at one second
breathy, calm, and sparse; followed immediately by snaking melodies,
unrelenting density and climactic cacophony.
The latest brainchild from the creative forces behind THE BURNING
PARIS and ON FIRE, EKSI EKSO is poised for meteoric
propulsion via their convergence of atypical rock instrumentation,
experimentation with form, and the breath of collaborative writing
via six musicians coming from very different schools. Nate Shumaker
(vocals/guitar), Tom Korkidis (vocals/bass/keys/samples), Sean Will
(flugelhorn/trumpet/keys/ samples), Clara Kebabian (violin/oboe/vocals),
Beth Holub (viola), and Alex Mihm (drums/percussion) compose songs
that play out like soundtracks to found footage reels.
I Am Your Bastard Wings utilizes three different vocalists
who sometimes sing together, sometimes separately, sometimes not at
all; a chamber section (violin, viola, and flugelhorn/trumpet) which
also separates into lead instruments that soar as much as any lead
guitar; an underbelly of live loops and prerecorded samples; blocks
of grand piano and dual analog keys/synths; arpegiated guitars soaked
in reverb; and a rock rhythm section that teeters between a back-beat
pocket and an unshakeable teenage urge to visit the extremes of tolerable
It's far too easy to categorize EKSI EKSO with sub-genre
titles that have now been flogged to death: post-rock, chamber rock,
art rock, shoegazer... essentially EKSI EKSO is still
a rock band that owes just as much to Black Sabbath than it does to
Ravel, just as much to Charles Mingus than it does to the Cure, and
just as much to CAN as it does to Talk Talk.
I Am Your Bastard Wings was produced by EKSI EKSO
and mixed/co-produced by Grammy Award Winning producer/engineer Malcolm
Burn (Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel).
I Am Your Bastard Wings CD/Digital
(CD issued 06/10/08 - Magic Bullet Records)
Mp3: Coming soon
Album press kit: MBL104
EKSO : View
all current dates on MySpace
Globe : SXSW Preview
"I AM YOUR BASTARD WINGS" PRESS
Mag : Review