US eclectic rock poets ENABLERS present a limited vinyl edition of their Pigeon Diaries EP, a cooperative release between Exile On Mainstream, Lancashire & Somerset, and Broken Clover Records, the same crew who delivered the band’s Zones LP last year.
ENABLERS is guitarist Joe Goldring (ex-Swans, Toiling Midgets, Touched By A Janitor), guitarist Kevin Robert Thomson (Hazel Atlas, ex-Nice Strong Arm, Timco, Touched By A Janitor), drummer Sam Ospovat (Ava Mendoza, Brendan Seabrook, Beep!, tUnE-yArDs, William Winant), and vocalist/poet Pete Simonelli.
Consisting of a solitary seventeen-minute track, initially released digitally in 2018, the vinyl edition of ENABLERS’ Pigeon Diaries is pressed in a strictly limited edition of five hundred copies, with a hand-drawn etching on side B. The art piece has been carved directly into a lacquer master disc by David Hand of Lancashire & Somerset, who also is responsible for taking cover artwork to the limits. No less than one hundred different covers have been printed, each in an edition of five total units.
The band was forced to cancel a major tour, which was to run through the first half of the spring season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch for new updates on the band’s live plans over the months ahead.
Pigeon Diaries, and why not? Spend seventeen minutes in any urban area and see if you don’t write a few yourself. Pete is in Queens, Sam is in Brooklyn, Joe is in Marseille, Kevin’s in Oakland; they’ve got pigeons covered. But how to make music as a band? It’s a bitch. ENABLERS played the experimental card way back in 2004 on End Note with “Steinbeck Country” and “Joe,” and now they are at it again. Using the tools at their disposal, they took another stab. In this case, Joe sent the others nearly half an hour of five contiguous pieces of music recorded in five different locations spanning the globe from China to San Francisco to Sicily. Pete and Sam laid a vocal and rhythm track to the suite directly, and Kevin made a multi-tracked pastiche without hearing what Pete and Sam had done… a sort of Exquisite Corpse. The result is a seventeen-minute amble through their musical downtowns, replete with skylines, equinoxes, cops, loss, beauty, hope, and of course pigeons.