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Ce que vous entendez sur l'enregistrement est ce qui sort des amplis et c'est ce qui donne cette touche particulière, cette musique froide ou aride d'extérieure mais parcourue d'une intense électricité mettant les mélodies en vibration, portée par la voix troublante et touchante de Zedek, contrebalancée par le timbre grave de Sanford (qui chevrote bizarrement sur Water). Pas d'esbroufe chez E. Tout à la force du poignet avec un surplus de beauté et une quantité insolente de talent. Un grand disque tout simplement.
Translation:What you hear about the recording is what comes out of the amps and that is what gives this particular touch, this cold or arid music of outdoor but traveled with intense electricity putting the melodies in vibration, carried by the voice Disturbing and touching of Zedek, counterbalanced by the serious timbre of Sanford (which strangely checks on Water). No fuss at E. All to the strength of the wrist with a surplus of beauty and an insolent amount of talent. A great record simply.

SKX
Perte & Fracas
20 December 2016

...sonido a base de de rock matemático y visceral y sentimiento post hardcore.
Translation:...sound based on math and visceral rock and post feeling Hardcore.

Everlong Magazine
23 December 2016

There is something archaically tactile about these songs too - the compositions and their structure seem gangly and cumbersome, larger than life, of gargantuan mass, yet ancient and bucolic, indebted to the earth and the ages... I can't help but picture charcoal imagery of fervent fury and fear when I hear these songs, scrawled out with juxtaposing German expressionistic touchstones of naivety and the primordial, the sacred and the scarred. Each member's lyrical proclivity, musical preference and sonic muscularity are given equal measure, a pagan triumvirate of penetrating, pointed liberation.

Brendan Telford
The Quietus
19 December 2016

The vocals on E are just as strong as the instrumental performances, though you'd be hard pressed to find more distinctly different styles than Zedek and Sanford. While Zedek pushes and stretches as hard as the band plays, Sanford takes a more deadpan, relaxed approach. However, the shocker is McCarthy's lead vocal turn on the timely "Candidate." He attacks the mic as if it owes him a sizeable amount of money. On a record that doesn't lack in ferocity, "Candidate" pushes it into the red.

Dorian S. Ham,
The Agit Reader
8 December 2016

The result of three veterans working in total harmony. On their self-titled debut album, E have developed a sound that is both mechanically oriented and emotional.
Because each player is so distinguished and distinct in their playing styles, E is able to exhibit total control over their sound, while still focusing on having the freedom to experiment.
Brilliant right from the start.
This record by E is a massive achievement and testament to the power of choosing band mates correctly and giving them roles to suit them. The LP has power, melody, noise, subtlety and idiosyncratic song craft and vocal deliveries that lift this record to another level. For me, one of the standout records of 2016.

Ioan Humphreys,
Louder Than War
6 December 2016

Song structures influenced equally by fractured postpunk and dissonant post-rock, shying away from neither melody nor good old-fashioned noise...E concerns itself with twisting power trio rawk into new, interesting shapes.

Michael Toland,
Blurt
December 2016

While Zedek may not be a well-known name in the mainstream alt-rock world, her influence on decades of musicians whose start was in a basement or a garage or a dimly-lit practice space is indisputable.

Chip Midnight,
Columbus Calling
3 December 2016

Although E's music can slow down or chill out, it never relaxes. Tension is key.....Change and struggle are in every note E produces.

Mark Jenkins,
The Washington Post
1 December 2016

E opens in the midst of doom and fights its way forward.

Justin Cober-Lake,
PopMatters
1 December 2016

On E's delf-titled debut, Zedek, Sanford and Karate's Gavin McCarthy take their quiet/loud and angular post-punk maelstrom they call "soul music for machines" to amps-busting sonic heights, testament that Zedek hasn't mellowed one bit

Brad Cohan,
New York Observer
1 December 2016

Punkige Wucht trifft bei dem Bostoner Power-Trio auf die komplexen Strukturen des Math-Rock, perkussive Splitter, rollende Drumbeats und seltsam gestimmte Gitarren bäumen zu einem oft betont asketischen Lärm zwischen Dissonanz und Melodie auf, während Sonic Youth und Fugazi in der Ferne leuchten.
Translation:Punctual force hits the complex structures of the math rock, percussive splitters, rolling drumbeats, and strangely tuned guitars in the Boston Power Trio, creating an often ascetic sound between dissonance and melody, while Sonic Youth and Fugazi glow in the distance.

Carsten Wohlfeld,
Westzeit
(album review)
November 2016

Auf ihrem ersten Album erforschen E die dunkle, krachige Seite ihrer jahrzehntelangen Songwriting-Erfahrungen und verbinden dabei echte, ungefilterte Emotionen mit einem oft betont unnachgiebigen Industrial-Sound. 'Soulmusik für Maschinen' nennen sie das selbst, wenn in ihren Songs ein minimalistisches Klangbild auf ungewohnte Akkorde und die ungebremste Power aus dem Spannungsverhältnis von zwei Gitarren und Schlagzeug treffen.
Translation:On their first album, E explores the dark, glaring side of their decades-long songwriting experiences, combining real, unfiltered emotions with an often unyielding industrial sound. They call it 'soul music for machines', when in their songs a minimalistic sound image meets unfamiliar chords and the unbraked power from the voltage ratio of two guitars and drums.

Carsten Wohlfeld,
Westzeit
(feature on the band)
November 2016

With the current state of our country I can only see this band being even more inspired to create more powerful music for these end times. Iím ready.

Dagger Zine
25 November 2016

Underground firebrands Thalia Zedek, Jason Sanford and Gavin McCarthy form new, bass-less trio with enough energy to leaven occasional heaviness in dynamics. A debut both thrillingly volatile and touching melancholic.

JB, MOJO
November 2016

Heavy but with a subtle distinctiveness and an emphasis on songs; veteran skill is evident throughout.

Joseph Neff,
The Vinyl District
21 November 2016

Influential indie-rocker Thalia Zedek and her new band E explore the dark and noisy side of songcraft with cheap vintage guitars, homemade instruments, unusual chord voicings, and a triangulated collaboration between two guitars and drums.

Tzvi Gluckin,
Premier Guitar Magazine
November 2016

E actually operate much more as a three-headed democratic beast...the Boston-based trio is another super-group of a kind - but satisfyingly not an obvious or ego-driven one... the threesome entwine their own past pedigrees with extra shades of no-wave, post-punk and post-rock to give this 10-track set art in its heart and fire in its belly.

Adrian Pannett,
Delusions of Adequacy
15 November 2016

Das Ergebnis ist ein forderndes, anspruchsvolles, aber auch ungeheuer spannendes Gipfeltreffen dreier starker, unterschiedlicher Persönlichkeiten, die auf alte Stärken aufbauen, gleichzeitig aber auch banddienlich ohne Rücksicht auf eigene Befindlichkeiten unbeirrt nach vorn schauen. Groß!
Translation: The result is a challenging, challenging but also incredibly exciting summit of three strong, different personalities, who build on old strengths, but at the same time also look intently at the front without regard for their own sensibilities. Big!

Carsten Wohlfeld,
Gaestliste
November 2016

Oval office occupations delusions of grandeur & reality collide in something that sounds so wrenching & real it will scare you.

Sjimon Gompers,
Impose
11 November 2016

Although Zedek and Sanford combine their noise rock credentials with McCarthy's precision-sharp drumming, much of the trio's debut self-titled album comes off comfortable and familiar sounding,... the three-piece have so much experience that E can't help but sound sonically titillating

Daniel Sylvester,
Exclaim
9 November 2016

E, the band, is a fascinating conglomeration of contradictory energies and impulses from three individuals who have been their eccentric selves long enough to be comfortable, if not in opposition, at least in disjunctive, challenging relationship to one another.

Jennifer Kelley,
Dusted
8 November 2016

E...construct an intense ride, something akin to Pontiak cutting up and reworking Wrekmeister Harmonies offcuts...It's a brilliant record.

Brendan Telford,
Sonic Masala
8 November 2016

Sanford and Zedek's twin guitars duel in jagged, staccato opposition, creating both massive walls of distortion and sinister syncopated sequences, all driven by McCarthy's relentlessly rolling drum patterns. Zedek's signature heart-wrenching drawl juxtaposes with Sanford's monk-like baritone in their snarling dual-vocal attack...When musicians are willing step out of their established comfort zones to do something new, you know they are real artists.

Chuck Foster,
The Big Takeover
8 November 2016

Spouting lyrics about ties broken, goodbyes unspoken and the catastrophic failure of reason, these veterans' voices are as gnarled as Hoggle's forehead but their rattling musicianship makes younger bands of this ilk look like Mumford's grandma. Though less indulgent than Gira & co., there are times when E's compositions match the quivering intensity of Swans

JR Moores,
The Quietus
3 November 2016

The songs are...focused and direct, with all three members singing and combining their powers into a common vision...E create urgent music for chaotic, uncertain times.

Paul Simpson,
AllMusic
November 2016

"Candidate" features McCarthy's scathing lyrical critique the current American political climate, and the band's signature high-energy rhythm section...jetisoning the track forward

Music & Riots
November 2016

The loud and lordly trio marks its recorded debut with a self-titled LP that announces itself like a carpet bombing campaign

Jedd Beaudoin,
Pop Matters
12 October 2016

The trio have crafted an album that fuses an explosive, industrial sound with the patience and reservation only practiced songwriters can invoke. While each member has decades of experience in the alternative scenes of rock music, their collaborative efforts have combined in a work that is both unlike anything that's come before them, and the result of three veterans working in total harmony. What sets E apart from their contemporaries is their almost youthful willingness to experiment, while having the maturity to show restraint and austerity. On their self-titled debut album, E have developed a sound that is both mechanically oriented and emotional, a combination they could only describe as "soul music for machines."

Music & Riots
September 2016

E captures the malignancy lurking on the edge of 2016 and channels it into an intense and challenging piece of music. E is a piercing, propulsive exercise in the fine art of guitar rock, a collaborative experiment in tension and release

Sean Maloney,
CLRVYNT
31 August 2016

Together, the three create a tense, electric sound that's informed by their esteemed backgrounds but twists those influences into something uniquely arresting.

Ben Stas,
Noise Floor
20 July 2013

Dark, glorious, shattering sounds from the trio behind Come, Neptune and Karate

Erin Amar,
Rocker
17 July 2016

A trio of indie rock and noise rock veterans, E,...affixes dissonance-pocked riffs over jaw-jarring drums.

Grayson Haver Currin,
Indyweek, North Carolina
April 2016

...E offered loud, layered power-trio rock, shifting the spotlight among guitarist-vocalist Thalia Zedek, drummer Gavin McCarthy, and Jason Sidney Sanford on homemade, scrap-metal guitar.

Jeremy D. Goodwin,
The Boston Globe
17 March 2016

Photo gallery by Ben Stas,
Vanyaland
16 March 2016

...wiry jerking groove that brings to mind and fuses together the post-punk shards of Gang Of Four, Bush Tetras, Wire and Mission Of Burma into a sublime whole....potent mix of visceral minimalism and artful intellect

Adrian Pannett,
Delusions of Adequacy
2 Sep 2014