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#SoundCheck - Debut EP by Chicago Glam Rocker Esh

“There used to be a better kind / of rock and rolling superstar / they'd strut around and do their thing / all I know how to do is sing” Weezer sang in the lost album 4.5 gem “Superstar.” An eulogy to the days when rock gods were rock gods. No irony, no self-awareness, no Andrew WK meta-commentary. Just big guitars and big voices. And drum fills. A song didn't count unless the drum fills could legally be used as a defibrillator. Chicago glam rocker Esh is a woman out of time. Harkening back to the long-gone days when fire-breathing monsters like Led Zeppelin and Heart walked the land, Esh's debut EP You Should Know Me kicks ass and never apologizes.

After being a brief stint in the top 60 on American Idol in 2010 (don't hold it against her too much though, she's on team DIY now...), singer Iesha Sturdivant (aka Esh) put together a band featuring Terence Lee (bass), Brandon Tigner (drums) and Nick Jaffe (guitar). The hard rock quartet has been steadily building a fanbase in Chicago and Milwaukee. Esh's mammoth vocals soar on this collection of songs about heartbreak. Songs like 'Doing Fine' and 'You Should Know Me' have a touch of Middle Eastern-by-way-of-Soundgarden. Or maybe more appropriately Zeppelin's 'Kashmir.'

The self-released EP is full of bombast; Esh hasn't met a song that couldn't use two more guitar solos. Though the record is full of old sounds and old ideas of how a rock album should sound, on tracks like the stand-out 'I Don't Care' Esh and co breathe new life into classic sounds.

- Contributor: Nathan Leigh

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Comment by Nora Woods on June 28, 2012 at 11:54am

This band rocks

Comment by Mama's Dirty Li'l Secret on June 28, 2012 at 9:14am

Rock on Esh!

† The Deacon †

Comment by Lars Maximus))) on June 24, 2012 at 5:29pm

The Led was a huge jumping off point when I began choosing the sounds that inspire and they are being paid proper homage with these tracks! Keep on keepin on equipo!

Comment by Shemaiah Sturdivant on June 22, 2012 at 12:46am

Lmao I wonder are we  related !! But I love it !

Comment by Musolě Kmb on June 21, 2012 at 4:31pm


Comment by Charles A Peterson Bey on June 21, 2012 at 11:15am

this is the first time I ever heard of this Band........where have (I) been........ This Band is Great

Comment by BK_Malik on June 20, 2012 at 11:34pm

YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Jorge Cuascut (Cheeko) on June 20, 2012 at 1:46pm


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