Winding transgressive post-punk and experimental art rock together like two ends of a fraying rope, Erotic Secrets of Pompeii bring together disparate elements - from industrial to world music. The vocals descend from baritone drawl to manic yelp as the music pivots from catchy groove-based euphony to discord and angulation.
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’ (2019) 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.
2020 has seen a dramatic line-up change within the band, and with that a vibrant new energy has been injected into their most recent single releases.
ESOP is Thomas Hawtin (tonsils & pelvis), Tom Hackwell (textures & penumbra), Sean Jones (string theory), Julian Port (bottom end), Alex Auld (shamanic wallop pots).