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Gleaming the Truth

by Esquimaux

Sounds like the cassette demo of a fictional supergroup with members from Blondie, NOFX, The Pretenders & Bad Brains found in a 1989 time capsule under a demolished mall food court.
Genre: Metal/Punk: L.A. Punk
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Gleaming the Truth started out as a couple of guitar licks meant for the 2005 "perfecto!" release and was developed as a song to feature special guest Eric Melvin (NOFX) on guitar. Due to touring conflicts, that session never took place. The song was then completed about 2-years later for release along with the tracks that would later develop into the Tiger/Wolf EPs, but Gleaming the Truth didn't quite fit with the rest of them stylistically. Then in 2008, the band was encouraged to revisit the song once more by their drummer, Eric Stock (Stroke 9), who re-recorded the drums and provided a new mix for the song. The song would go through the ringer once more in 2009 before finally being mastered by Stephen Marsh (The Donnas, Los Lobos). So here it is, a red-headed stepchild of a song (no offense to redheads or stepchildren) that took 4-years to be released. Lyrics and cover art were inspired by the band's affinity for Christian Slater films. In this case, the film "Gleaming the Cube" (1989).

Produced by: James Sajor
Drums by: Eric Stock
Engineered by: James Sajor & Eric Stock
Mastered by: Stephen Marsh @ Stephen Marsh Mastering in Los Angeles, CA
Artwork by: Graham Dodge
Written by: H. Dodge, G. Dodge, J. Sajor (BMI)
Thanks to: All of our friends & family

Esquimaux* is Heather Brown Dodge, Graham Dodge & James Sajor. The trio started cutting their musical teeth at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA in 2004 with various guest bandmates, including: Grahm Baker (Gooby Goo & Peekers), Mike Sattin (The Resonant Heads) & Al Sgro (Holly Conlan). They made their radio debut with their self-titled EP, "Esquimaux" (2004), on Nic Harcourt's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and have since been charted and played on several independent, college and online radio stations worldwide. Their first full-length record, "perfecto!" (2005), features friends/guests Brian Gibson (Lightning Bolt) and Gary Jules. Soon after the release of "perfecto!", Esquimaux went on maternity leave for 2 years. During that time, the band split apart geographically among their hometown of Baltimore and their adopted home of L.A., but continued writing songs together over the internet. In 2007, Esquimaux met halfway across the country to record the first of 2 sister EPs, "Tiger" and "Wolf". The first EP, "Tiger" (2008), was recorded by Steve Albini in Chicago and is an analog study of Southern Rock and Alt-Country styles. "Tiger" also features the addition of drummer Eric Stock (Stroke 9). The second EP, "Wolf" (2009), was recorded at the band members' homes and is a digital study of Easy Listening and R&B/Pop styles. Also in 2009, is a single called "Gleaming the Truth" with Eric Stock filling in on drums again.

Heather Brown Dodge started out singing with folk singer/songwriter Gary Jules (best known for his cover of "Mad World" for the film "Donnie Darko") who appears on the Esquimaux song, "Honey & Dear". While performing in his band The Group Rules, Heather shared the stage with such artists as: Beck, Jack Johnson, Liz Phair, Jason Mraz and Sheryl Crow to name a few. With Gary Jules, she appears on Gary Jules & The Group Rules - "Bird" (2008), and Live At The Hotel Cafe (2004).

James Sajor was a founding member and bassist of the influential D.C. screamo band, Anasarca, and has also performed with Glenn Branca as part of the Hallucination City - Symphony No.13 for 100 Guitarists.

Graham Dodge has played in several unknown bands (including past bands with Heather and James separately). Besides Graham's musical contributions to Esquimaux, he also designs stuff for the band.

*The band name comes from the film Heathers (1989) in which Christian Slater's character decides on one word to define Heather Duke's motivation for suicide (as it appears in her favorite book, Moby Dick): esquimaux.

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