Esquimaux

Esquimaux

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"Girlie, twee" pop deceptively covering a hardcore/punk influenced underbelly.

Biography

Esquimaux is the collaboration of vocalist Heather Brown, songwriter Graham Dodge, and songwriter/producer James Sajor. Their unique blend of folk inspired vocals with layered distorted guitar over pop-melodic chord progressions can be traced to their previous work with other bands. Heather had been singing and touring with Gary Jules in his band the Group Rules. James, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, previously played bass for the influential D.C. screamo band, Anasarca. Graham was writing songs for, and developing, the satirical pop-rock band, Sex O'Clock. The trio came together in April of 2004 and began to write songs that led to their debut EP, released just months later in September. Encouraged by local radio play and a growing fan base, Esquimaux continues to perform and record new material including their first full-length record, "perfecto!", released in May 2005.

Lyrics

For the Record

Written By: Heather Brown, Graham Dodge, James Sajor

What I want to do now
Will not be allowed
If you’re gonna pretend
You’re holding my hand

Now I could be wrong
And you really care
So I’ll try to stay strong
When you’re not holding me

Holding me back, holding me back
You’re the one holding me back
Holding me back, holding me back
You’re the one holding me back
Don’t hold me back, don’t hold me back
If you’re not holding me

And I see you don’t know
How you treat me so cold
With your wandering eyes
Dousing fires inside
Under cover of night
We sleep through the fight
And awake with the thought
How much we have lost

Now I could be wrong
And you really care
So I’ll try to stay strong
When you’re not holding me

Holding me back, holding me back
You’re the one holding me back
Holding me back, holding me back
You’re the one holding me back
Don’t hold me back, don’t hold me back
If you’re not holding me

For the record I was watching you for a long time
Though the seasons in my mind have changed,
the war begins the same
And the battles of our righteousness will leave me in the sand
I’ll take comfort in the scars I’ve left
So you will understand

Discography

Esquimaux EP, released 2004
1. Shoreline *
2. Warm December
3. My Father
4. Viewfinder
5. Alone (lyrics from the poem by Edgar Allan Poe)

perfecto! LP, released 2005
1. For A___
2. For the Record **(featuring Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt)
3. My Father
4. Warm December
5. Rivertown
6. Pyramids of America
7. Intermission
8. Something Nice
9. Son of a Gun
10. Viewfinder
11. Padonia
12. Honey & Dear (featuring Gary Jules)
13. Purse Strings

* played on Nic Harcourt's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" radio program.
** recently played on L.A./O.C. radio station Indie 103.1 FM.

Set List

We usually play about 8-10 songs. We have played every song we've written live.

Songs we have covered are:
Blue Oyster Cult's "Burnin' For You",
"Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)" from the film "Heathers",
and "When I'm Gone" by Phil Ochs.