Ex-Easter Island Head
Re-defining guitar music, one beat at a time
Liverpool’s Ex-Easter Island Head play their guitars with wilful disregard for all established norms, instead laying their instruments flat and using mallets, beaters and whatever else comes to hand to chiming, xylophonic effect. “The removal of options forces you to use your resources adventurously,” explains Benjamin D. Duvall. “You come to get to know the minutiae,” continues co-beater Ben Fair. “Which diameter knitting needle works best to create a sound, which gauge Allen key will bring out the right overtones.” In addition to the four-piece, the group also sometimes morphs into its near-orchestral ‘Large Electric Ensemble’ incarnation (which you can witness at September’s Liverpool Psych Fest). “It comes into its own with ensembles of mixed ability,” concludes Duvall.
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