ESA (Electronic Substance Abuse) is JBlacker!
ESA was born at the beginning in 2002 in order to cross the threshold from one form of independent extreme music to another. JBlacker up until this point had been writing music semi-professionally for years in various Black and Death Metal bands, working alongside and touring with acts throughout the UK.
Having decided to experiment in Dark Electronica in order to experience a different genre. ESA began to gain European and US notoriety for powerful live shows complete with live guitars, live beats and various surprise guest vocalist appearances. Coupled with a venomous and violent debut album 'Devotion Discipline and Denial' on premier American label 'Hive Records', slowly ESA had begun to claim it's own territory...
Two albums later ('How Pure would your Utopia be'? & 'The Sea & the Silence') and the flood of collaboration and remix requests began. Working alongside stellar acts sych as Manufactura, Displacer, Iszoloscope, Autoclav1.1, Unter Null, Stray, C-Drone Defect, Memmaker and many many more. JBlacker is a complete musician,providing countless vocales appearances both live and in-house, aswell as guitar sessions and general collaborative experiments to a long list of respected electronic artists. ESA has become a product, vital in it's integrity and aggressive charm and a major contributor to the dark alternative genre.
ESA's sound is always a hard one to pin down. Taking influences initially from predominantly European Rhythmical noise acts, the overall structures have developed and integrated countless influences from the broad spectrum of alternative and extreme music. The tone of ESA is harsh and oppressive, dripping with destructive and corroded grooves whilst still emanating sub conscious melodies and a strong sense of Spirituality. ESA's compositions are undoubtedly threatening and offensive floor stomping club tunes but also twist and churn enough to warrant more attentive listening.
Now on Tympanik Audio based in Chicago, with the last release 'The Immaculate Manipulation still receiving generous airplay and critical acclaim, the fifth ESA installment is well under way and looks set to make it's way to the eager public in late 2011.
Hellfire Club - Trondheim, Norway: April 9th 2011
Kinitic Festival - Montreal, Canada: May 20th 2011
ESA- Kinetik 2011 promotional video / documentary
ESA live in Riga, Latvia 2010
ESA - 'Principals of a Parasidic Resolve' (official video)
ESA live in Holland 2010
ESA live in Holland 2010
ESA live at Infest, UK 2010