Established in San Francisco, CA in 2002, Enablers' subsequent five LPs and four EPs have signaled a transcendent approach to “Spoken Word” music. The 2019 LP, Zones (Broken Clover, Lancashire&Somerset, and Exile on Mainstream) 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 for close to twenty years.
Band Members: 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).
Discography: —End Note (LP 2004, Neurot Recordings); “New Moon” (7” split with Red Panda, 2005, Lancashire and Somerset); Output Negative Space (LP 2006 released on Neurot Recordings; re-issued on vinyl by Lancashire and Somerset, 2012); The Achievement (EP 2007, Awesome Vistas); Tundra (LP 2008 Majic Wallet & Exile on Mainstream, Lancashire and Somerset); Now You Can Answer My Prayers (EP 2009, Lancashire and Somerset,); Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions (LP, 2011, Exile on Mainstream/Lancashire and Somerset dual release); Berlinesque (EP, 2014, digital release on Bandcamp); The Rightful Pivot (LP, 2015, Lancashire and Somerset/Exile on Mainstream dual release/Atypeek digital); Pigeon Diaries (EP, 2019, Lancashire and Somerset [vinyl], digital release on Bandcamp); Zones (LP, 2019, Lancashire and Somerset/Exile on Mainstream dual release).
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.”
** A web search will reveal numerous articles in various other publications lauding the band’s virtues on record and in live performances.
Support from Lancashire & Somerset's founders HARESS plus Ex Easter Island Head's Benjamin D. Duval.
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