'Have you heard of these guys Esque, out of Memphis? The name is pronounced like the suffix, meaning 'like' or 'having the characteristics of.' And what are they like? They're only like the best post-punk, New New Wave band we've heard in a long time is what. We've been listening to their 5-track EP Everyone's Playing, and there's not a track on it we don't love (although 'The Escape Artist' is a particular favorite). It's super-fun, extremely danceable, totally tasty pop goodness, and we're not sure why it's not all over the radio right now.' -- The Phillyist 'Esque is onto something here. All of the songs are strong in the way their parts work together and change without sounding too forced, yet the tension always remains. They have influences that guide their taste, but personal expression still comes through in the end. Smart ideas with lyrics, production, and musicianship make for a great band and a great record. With infectious hooks and clever word-play, Everyone's Playing is as solid a start as any band could ask, and it only touches on the possibilities for Esque if their sound matures into something completely their own.' -- TJ Deeter, Localist 'Everyone's Playing possesses a power and maturity most new bands can only dream of. The focus of this material is squarely on melodicism, accentuated by a lush production touch awash in chorus, delay, and extremely wet reverb. Fortunately, Esque's songwriting capabilities prove just as impressive as their sound. If Everyone's Playing was the standard color by numbers Cure idol worship so prevalent in this form--and make no mistake, this disc will go over huge with fans of that band as well as disciples like Radio Berlin--there wouldn't really be much worth talking about here. Instead, Esque have managed to dig a little deeper for inspiration than most. This rooted depth combines with genuine and natural songsmithing skills to create a listening experience that's truly worthwhile. An impressive CD that becomes even more so when taking into account it's the band's recorded genesis--what a doozie of a start.' -- Uncle Dan's House of Smut 'A dark and moody, far-too-short collection of '80s-influenced art rock. 'The Glorious Death of Me' is a grand four-minute drama with an overdriven chorus that will remind many of the Killers but mustn't be construed as a knockoff. 'The Lost Art of Suffering' is a terrific bit of New Wave Bowie with a haunting guitar riff. And on 'Hard Living' O'Brien puts Andy Summer's hanging chords from 'Driven to Tears' to startling new effect. Hopefully Everyone's Playing is just a taste of what's to come.' -- Mark Jordan, Memphis Playbook 'An active rhythm section that knows it's way around the dub- and funk-influenced side of the post-punk world. This is a band that luxuriates in it's morosity, and with this water-bed rhythm section, it seems like a worthwhile gambit.' -- Chris Herrington, Memphis Flyer.
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