Established in San Francisco, CA in 2002, Enablers are to release their sixth album of their transcendent approach to “Spoken Word” music, entitled Zones.
Zones is a cooperational release by Lancashire and Somerset, Exile on Mainstream and Broken Clover Records — a further example of their push for musical expansion and growth, and refusal to be pinned down by category or genre. Zones depicts Enablers as a band that is increasingly more comfortable with experimentation and improvisation, while continuing to embrace all the musical elements that have established their sound and style for close to twenty years. The album follows the release of Enablers’ fourth EP, Pigeon Diaries (available for streaming via Bandcamp, and expected on LP format via Lancashire and Somerset later in the year).
Zones and The Pigeon Diaries are the impetus for the 2019 tour – dates and details of which you can find below. Alongside some deeper biographical info.
Additional biographical notes:
Joe Goldring (former Swans, Toiling Midgets, Touched by a Janitor) on guitar
Kevin Robert Thomson (former Nice Strong Arm, Timco, Touched by a Janitor, now Hazel Atlas) also on guitar
Poet, writer, and narrator Pete Simonelli on vocals and rounding out the line-up is drummer Sam Ospovat (Ava Mendoza, Brendan Seabrook, Beep!, tUnE-yArDs, William Winant).
Enablers began when Pete Simonelli asked guitarist Kevin Thomson to collaborate on a book & musical project. Joe Frank Byrnes accepted the invitation to play the drums, and guitarist Joe Goldring joined the band shortly thereafter.
Since the 2004 release of their first LP, End Note (Neurot Recordings), Enablers have established a new direction in spoken word music. The prose and poetry of Pete Simonelli is intricately woven into the dynamic interplay of guitarists Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson, and punctuated by the compulsive and precise drumming of a changing corps of drummers, among them such illustrious names as Yuma Joe Burns, Neil Turpin, Doug Scharin, and now Sam Ospovat. Musically, the compositions range from melodic minimalism to heavy, rhythmically challenging thickets of sound.
Following their first release, End Note, came Output Negative Space (Neurot Recordings, 2004 and 2006, respectively). In 2008, their third LP, Tundra (Exile on Mainstream and Majic Wallet [US]), was released along with two improvisational EPs: The Achievement (Awesome Vistas) and Now You Can Answer My Prayers (Lancashire and Somerset). With an almost entirely DIY approach to touring and their reliably intense live performances, Enablers have pleased fans in the underground of the European continent and the UK, earning much credibility along the way as a constantly visible, working band.
In 2011 Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions (Exile On Mainstream + Lancashire and Somerset), their fourth release, found Enablers evolving even more. The record’s textural and evocative sound realised a new direction while accentuating the singular elements of musicianship and imagination that made the previous releases so engaging.
Their fifth release, The Rightful Pivot, followed in 2015 and took a more intuitive approach to songwriting and collaboration, while holding on to all the ingredients—tension, surprise, and fluidity– that have always distinguished the band’s polished and idiosyncratic sound. Berlinesque, their third improvisational EP (self-released on Bandcamp), was a virtual primer for Pivot’s musical shift in focus.
- Zones (2019)