Erotic Secrets of Pompeii
Apocalyptic lounge act from Bristol, playing transgressive art punk while redefining the lines between music, self-exorcism, and surrealist architecture.
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 erratically as the music pivots from catchy groove-based euphony to discord and angulation.
ESOP’s songs are inhabited by grotesque characters and are charged with unsettling Lynchian imagery, they drip with symbols and slogans, exploring both society and the self. Their spirited live performances incorporate Old Testament fervour and man's earthy, obscene appetites.
The band’s debut album ‘Witness in the House of Pox’ served 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.
In 2020 the band has seen a dramatic line-up change, and with that a vibrant new energy has been injected into their upcoming single releases.
ESOP are a melting pot of their influences, but have a style and sound that is entirely their own.
For open-minded fans of: Talking Heads, Nick Cave, Pixies, Snapped Ankles, Captain Beefheart, Daughters, Devo, System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age, Gary Numan, The Fall.