“Schizophrenics are never alone” ERS unveils electro-punk EP The Opponent
ERS aka Evan Russell Saffer on lead vocals pairing with M.Laptop.K on beats/programming/triggerfinger. Their unique pairing began in 2013 collaborating at the tail end of the Opponent (Uberstrom) meshing together pop vocals, dubstep and rock guitars. Now only a two piece live and in the studio, they are melting together all brands of electronic sounds from hip hop to house, dub and dance with Saffer’s melodic delivery. The newest material has yet to see a release (for fans of Skrillex, She Wants Revenge, Depeche Mode, NIN, Underworld) The duo (ERS) are performing live throughout the northeast everywhere from underground dance clubs to main stage festival events, road testing material, logging studio time and shooting videos for their next effort (tentative release Fall 2014)
The Opponent (out now via Uberstrom) is Skrillex meets Garbage with a splash of Queen -the sophomore release from Brooklyn recording artist Evan Russell Saffer (aka ERS) follow up to 2010’s rock opera Neon Gas (CDBaby/Naysayer Entertainment). The Opponent fuses high voltage rock, integrating electronics and dance beats – 5 tracks of massive dub electro dance metal. Saffer’s signature melodic songwriting, monstrous hooks and searing vocal work (including spoken word) are all there along with rave-esque dance beats and mesmerizing guitar work. Licensed to Uberstrom – a Swedish imprint from dance label Substream, the Opponent is available worldwide.
Evan: “I’ve always wanted to make this type of record, infusing all that I love about dance along with melodic hooks and that rock edge that I’ve done for years. We took cues from Dubstep, House, Hard Rock and Metal and came up with this massive brainchild that we’re all loving. It’s been fun working with Marvin Ketchup (DJ/Sequencing) is a kindred spirit in his passion for great music and an enormous talent. This album is about facing myself, my ego and inner demons – Over this past year I have been heavily influenced by the teachings of Kabbalah along with the writings of Eckhart Tolle which turned me onto this type of mental awareness – and my mind is not a safe place to be.. The music along with the album artwork aims to reflect that both the demon and the deity are within and they are both YOU! Just a different shade of the same person and you choose who you want to be. It sounds heavy and there are definitely some dark moments, but the overall vibe of this release is very uplifting, sonically massive, and very liberating.” ~ERS
- 01 Scarecrow (spoken word)
- 02 Beautiful Stranger
- 03 One Friend (single – see video)
- 04 ICLYATIDN (I Couldn’t Love You Anymore Than I Do Now)
- 05 Best In Me
– Tracks 2-5 produced by Marvin Ketchup and Evan Russell Saffer and mixed by Marvin Ketchup, Track 1 produced and mixed by Kase Reese, Engineered by Tommy Sica, additional recording by Gino DiGeso, mastered by Hakan Ludvigson of Substream Records Sweden
– performances by Evan Russell Saffer (voices), Eric Bair (guitars), Marvin Ketchup (beats/synth/effects), Kase Reese (beats/synth/effects), Cody Darbe (bass)
One Friend video was directed by Nick Vandevender and starring the stunning Lenna Karacostas it was shot entirely in Las Vegas, NV.
Neon Gas was released on Saffer’s own imprint Naysayer Entertainment via CDBaby with national and regional tours and spawned videos for singles Chemical Marketplace, Dream of Love’s Last Dying Breath and So Far Away (via Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Online).
ERS has been performing and recording most of his life, has released records as the frontman for road warriors Fixer (Before The Sun via Riker Hill Records) from 2000-2009 touring coast to coast in the USA. Since embarking on a solo career in 2009 ERS has toured with Tremonti, Hurt, Filter, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Queensryche, Saliva, Candlebox and many others as well as Buzzfest 2012 and Rockapalooza 2008 and 2013. ERS has seen his music featured in various broadcast formats and networks including TLC’s “NY INK”, MTV’s “Awkward”, Exposure: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011 (officially released by Playstation Network), ESPN U for use in 2012 college football. ERS has been a featured artist on ReverbNation and MusicDish Secret Sounds vol. 1 as well as performing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden in NYC for NIT college basketball (see Youtube for live performance video). He also performs stand up comedy regularly and owns Kave Espresso Bar (www.kavebrooklyn.com) in Bushwick, Brooklyn. ERS albums Neon Gas (Naysayer Entertainment 2010) and The Opponent (Substream/Uberstrom 2013) available at all digital outlets. Find music, tour dates, videos and all things ERS onwww.ersband.com.
All songs published by E Dawg Music (ASCAP), Copyright 2012-2013 Evan Russell Saffer