Leeds' Esper Scout have shared the video to brand new single ‘Compass’. The video, which was directed by Jennifer Morris, sees the quartet playing while being projected onto themselves. The simple and effective visual compliments the track which is full of powerful guitar riffs and dreamy vocals and stays true to the band’s vibrant nature. ‘Compass' is out now and available on digital platforms via Bomb The Twist.
Sarah Statham (vocals/guitars) on 'Compass' told us “It's a song about tenacity, compassion and the strength of the human spirit, ‘Compass’ is inspired by a person’s sense of home and
security. The lengths to which love and care will reach. Two virtues drawn out in recent times by strangers being driven away from familiar and comfortable surroundings as a consequence of forces
outside their direct control. Displacement due to war, detachment or disunion by borders. The reality for many of navigating survival in the face of opposing interests. It could happen to anyone and
we as a band feel it’s important to embrace understanding, reach out and welcome in the experiences and perspectives of others.”
The band have set off on a tour around the UK throughout May and June. You can catch them live at the below dates:
Wednesday 17th May - Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
Thursday 18th May - Pop Recs, Sunderland
Saturday 3rd June - Chameleon Arts Centre, Nottingham
Monday 5th June - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tuesday 8th June - Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Liverpool
Friday 9th June - The Ferret, Preston
Wednesday 14th June - Fulford Arms, York
Wednesday 21st June - Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Saturday 24th June - Alma Inn, Bolton
Sunday 25th June - St Mary’s Park, Prestwich
Saturday 29th July - Mekonville, Suffolk
Esper Scout are an alternative/experimental rock band based in Leeds, UK. Since forming in 2011, they have nurtured a vibrant back catalogue of melodically captivating songs, and gained a reputation for their passion, conviction, and resolute attitude.
Esper Scout have fans throughout the UK, picking up new followers during a UK tour in support of The Cribs and through radio play from Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music. The band
draws on international politics and grassroots concerns for lyrical content, and their audience is growing beyond the UK following a short US tour in 2015.
In late 2016, the band went into the studio with Ian Davenport (Band of Skulls, Dinosaur Pile Up, Supergrass). The pair of resulting recordings (‘Compass’ and the as yet untitled second track) are being released along with a live session video from the studio, and the band's debut album is expected in 2018. Previous releases include a digital AA-side single via the legendary US label, Kill Rock Stars and a 7” single on the Come Play With Me imprint.
As well as being one of Leeds' most talked-about bands, Esper Scout are respected as a group of mindful and socially aware individuals active in Leeds' thriving creative community. They are active members of the Leeds DIY art space ‘CHUNK’ as part of a co-op alongside a dozen other bands, which often collaborates with other venues and collectives in the city.
Esper Scout are Abbi Phillips (drums) Rebecca Jane (bass/vocals), Kirsty Morton (guitar), Sarah Statham (vocals/guitar).