Beware The Ides of March indeed. On March 15th, another trio of Bostonians, Eksi Ekso will release their sophomore LP, Brown Shark, Red Lion. After turning out 2008’s I Am Your Bastard Wings as a sextet, Tom Korkidis (vocals, guitar, bass, keys), Alex Mihm (drums, loops, percussion), and Sean Will (keys, synths, trumpet, samples) found themselves chafing under the logistics, constraints and temptations of operating with such a large unit, and decided the time was nigh to lighten their proverbial load. The resultant record, showcases a band coming into its own thanks to their newfound freedom, and hitting creatively on all cylinders as the careen from chamber pop to prog-rock to dancefloor-friendly techno, all without ever coming across as unfocused. I hear fragments of Bowie, Eno and Peter Gabriel, but Eksi Ekso is way more than the sum of their influences. Brown Shark, Red Lion is the most interesting and challenging pop album I’ve heard so far this year.
Eksi Ekso Upcoming Shows
3/03/11 @ The Charleston – Brooklyn, NY
3/05/11 @ Great Scott’s – Boston, MA (CD Release)
3/18/11 @ Valhalla – Austin, TX (SXSW Official Showcase)