Ex-Easter Is­land Head

Re-defin­ing gui­tar mu­sic, one beat at a time

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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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