"Very very few people can pull off IDLES’ signature vitriol, or HMLTD’s glam romp, and combine it with a chaos all their own, but Erotic Secrets… do that very well indeed.
Gloriously, in fact."
- Soundsphere magaziine
Erotic Secrets of Pompeii are
an apocalyptic lounge act from Bristol, UK,
playing transgressive art punk while
redefining the lines between music,
self-exorcism, and surrealist menswear.
The band is comprised of:
1x Thomas Hawtin (tonsils & pelvis),
1x Tom Hackwell (textures & penumbra),
1x Sean Jones (string theory),
1x Julian Port (bottom end),
1x Alex Auld (shamanic wallop pots).
Winding post-punk and experimental rock
together like two ends of a fraying rope,
Erotic Secrets of Pompeii's songs ring
elements - from industrial to world music.
The vocals descend from baritone drawl to
manic yelp as erratically as the music pivots
from catchy groove-based euphony to discord
ESOP’s songs are inhabited by grotesque characters
and are charged with unsettling Lynchian imagery,
they drip with symbols and slogans,
holding a mirror up to both society and the self.
Their spirited live performances incorporate
Old Testament fervour and man's earthy appetites.
The band’s debut album ‘Witness in the House of Pox’
served up an unhinged sonic squall incorporating
funk, Germanic cabaret, and even breakbeat,
while exploring the transgressions of authority figures,
the dangers of masculinity, and the decomposition of the self.
In 2020 the band has seen a dramatic line-up change,
and with that a vibrant new energy has been injected
into their upcoming single releases.