It’s late evening and cold enough outside for smoking a cigarette to look more physically painful than enjoyable, but inside the bar there’s enough warm bodies to have one breaking a sweat in a matter of minutes. Two men are setting up a drum set, a table, and various electronic wares on an only slightly raised platform serving as a stage. Some occupants are staring curiously, while others smirk knowingly about what the next thirty minutes will bring.
Article by James Wager with photography by Fitz
Lead photo of Dylan Rozzelle and Rhett Sanders- Ersula
By the time a dizzying, bleeping electronic sample is cued up and playing loud and clear, both members of Ersula are draped in enough hospital garb to make me remember all the times as a kid I just had to pet cats that were capable of sending me into an asthmatic stupor and straight to the hospital. The beat drops, and every head in the house is moving in unison.
Where some may find depth and articulated meaning in what Ersula represents, most would probably find the live experience to be their true coup de grâce. Strong and at times almost tribal percussive elements are the driving force, with samples, keys and electronic compositions not far behind.
Brief and sometimes full nudity lends itself to Dylan’s tortured howls and maniacal pacing around the stage area. The bands moments of musical tension almost always release into a frenetic display of heavy, stomping power elec- tronics. Ersula are our new age Z’ev, our Throbbing Gristle. They are the sort of thing that you craved but you gave up holding out for a while ago, whether you’re the doctor or the patient.
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