We have added House Concerts to the Pledge page, and there are now only a few left, so if you’d like us to come to your house and play a lil’ show of your favourite tunes (+ Theme from Golden Girls: Thank You For Bein’ A Frend) then snap theze up. Compared to how much it would cost you to get Betty White to swing by your place and belt out some tunes, we are quite inexpensive, and our surname is also White, so everyone’s a winner. Anyone else, if ya haven’t Pledge-ed yet, now’s the time – we’re about to begin our super-exclusive video-blog-documentin’ the makin’ of th’ rec’rd-thingy via our Pledge page, and you do not want to miss out!!!! T&A xxx
Just to let you know we have *slightly* messed shit up regarding our Pledge page, and will be duly reopening the campaign for a further week or so. We need to hit our target, otherwise this ain’t gonna happen, so at the request of various people on here, we’ll be adding the option to book Alex and I for a private show at your house/the venue of your choice. Lots of people have asked for this over the years, so it seems only fair! Set list of your choice, of course. We need to push this bad boy up to 100% if the record is gonna happen, so let’s do this. We’ll update y’all with new links and stuff over the weekend, but in the meantime please accept our apologies for being ever so slightly flakey. This is all new to us and we’re old buggers now. AS YOU WERE!
Alex and I just want to say a brief THANK YOU to everyone who pledged money for this new record we’re making. The campaign ended last night and we made 75% of our (admittedly perhaps optimistic) target! We cannot thank everyone who has pledged money upfront and bought little weird add-ons and extras enough – you are the folks who have given us the OOMPH we needed to get this show on the road, and it’s happening!!! It will all go towards making the super-crazy-good record of our dreams. Despite not hitting our target, we have already begun tracking the record and are actually a few songs in now – it’s sounding peachy. Once again, thank you to everyone who has pledged right from the start, and we cannot wait to begin sharing snippets of where we’re at with you over the coming weeks.
By way of teeing up this new record, the dudes at Pledge invited us to come play their club night in July, and we’re gonna do it with bells on. The format of the evening will be a typically heroic ESP show, in two halves (no support), giving you guys the audience ample opportunity to ask us anything you like and request even the most obscure B-side/cover. NO LIMITS. We have been warned.
Tickets are £15 and available exclusively through our Pledge page here: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-electric-soft-parade-new-album/items/265079
Tom & Al
In a truly bizarre bit of circle-completing, we’ll be joining our childhood HEROES Ultrasound for three co-headline shows later this year. I was obsessed with them around 1997/1998, as they released a string of increasingly wonderful singles leading up to their debut. “Everything Picture” might have been a bit long (the track, not the album) but they had the tunes. Serious tunes. I remember them all fondly. It’s gonna be surreal and brilliant to share a stage with them after all these years. ❤
Who was at their headline show at Pavilion Theatre in 1999? 2 free tickets to whoever can tell me who supported that night!!!! ESP Facebook
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Hold onto your hats (and scarves), it’s coming…
With many thanks to the folks at Pledge for their help thus far, we are delighted to announce production for ESP#5 will commence Summer 2018. There is more info on our page – where you can pre-order the album, snoop through the various bundles, or go for some really wacky shit (a day in the studio while we argue the toss over drum sounds!? personalised cover versions?!) – and we’ll be adding more bits and pieces as the album progresses.. Anyway, this thing goes live today, and we would be extremely, EXTREMELY honoured if you’d support us in this endeavour. It’s gonna be huge. ❤
More news very soon.
Tom & Al
pledgemusic.com Five years since 2013’s heroic pop masterclass Idiots, Brighton’s beloved ESP return this year with their most ambitious project to date. Written and devised entirely by elder brother Alex, the new album comprises seven songs, each from a distinct point of view, often several. Many years in development, this song-suite was originally conceived as a solo project, but once an initial round of demos was completed it was decided these songs needed to be heard by as many people as possible, and as such would be reimagined as ESP #5. While previous albums have used the power pop of such legends as Big Star or Super Furry Animals as a springboard, these new songs take aim at a very different target – paring broad, circular chord patterns and driving repetition with lush horns, keening vocals and thundering guitars, ESP have arrived at some of their most emotionally raw and direct material in years, while also boldly pushing the envelope for what could reasonably be considered an Electric Soft Parade record. A meditation on overcoming, transcending. But fear not: there are huge pop songs within, and beauty abounds. Illuminating, joyous, cathartic. Anyone familiar with past records will know the calibre of producers ESP are known to work with, and augmenting the White brothers in the studio this time will be a raft of choice collaborators cherry-picked from across the group’s career.
“When we first spoke to PledgeMusic about making a new record, we made it clear we wouldn’t entertain the thought for a single second if we didn’t think we could make the album of our lives. It took a little while to realise it, but without even knowing it Alex had written this absolute monster – a fully-formed, self-contained masterpiece, pulling together all these emotional and stylistic strands that have affected and continue to inspire both of us. Being brothers, we’re pretty well tuned in to one another, so I didn’t struggle at all to find ownership of these songs. I don’t say this lightly – this is some of Alex’s most intense, emotional writing, and we cannot wait to get started. Given where we’re at as a group, the idea of our (extremely loyal) fans being part of the story of a new album, and new chapter of the group, seems perfectly apt.” – Thomas White
Sat 26 May 2018 – Circle Arts Centre, 55 North Street, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1DH. Visit link for more info: Chord Orchard presents a new one-day Festival raising funds and awareness for Music Minds Matter, providing mental health support for the music industry. Featuring: BC Camplight, The Electric Soft Parade, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Diamond Family Archive, Brother Twain, Fierce Friend, The Delta Bell, Hattie Cooke + DJs, fully stocked bar and stalls. TICKETS: eventbrite.co.uk/e/mind-my-music-tickets-42785094369
From the Electric Soft Parade Facebook So if Alex and I were to do ESP #5 and fund it through some sort of Kickstarter-esque crowd-funding setup, would you lot support us in that kind of endeavour? We’ve umm-ed and ahh-ed about how to do some new stuff for quite a while now, and this looks like it might be the most feasible way forward. It may even allow us to tour the record at home and abroad, etc etc. We’d start album 5 tomorrow if we knew we could afford studio time and turn out the best fucking record of our career for our none-more-loyal peeps! Whadda y’all think?
andrewdsweeney.wordpress.com Live Review 15th April: “Unfortunately, just before the end, Thomas announced that Electric Soft Parade were going to be no more. After that gig, that’s it – the last time they were ever going to be playing in the UK, ever… Still, we have a new, upcoming Alex White solo album coming up. Thomas has a new group and we’ll hopefully hear something new from him soon, too”
Update from the ESP Facebook (click link for full thing) “…with IDIOTS we genuinely feel like we’ve made the musical and artistic statement of our career – songs, production, singing, writing, playing, lyrics, arrangements. Yet there’s a feeling of not knowing quite where to go next when you’ve just nailed what you’ve been trying to achieve for so many years… The reality is that we are moving on. My new project has taken a year or so to evolve into something tangible, but it’s taking shape now, and I’m massively excited about it. Alex, on the other hand, has just written and recorded the album of his life… The irony is we’re now working together more than ever, and f***ing loving it. I’ll certainly be giving Al a bell when I need a drummer. So, what next for The Electric Soft Parade? There’s a possibility of a few more shows dotted throughout the year, and we’ll confirm and announce them as and when. Beyond that, who knows? We’ve had a ball writing and playing these songs for you, it’s been a f***ing hell of a journey, and we’ve loved and hated it in almost precisely equal measure. But right now it feels like we both need to spread our wings and f*** off and do something else for a while”