Led Er Est emerged from a series of jam sessions that core members Shawn O’Sullivan and Sam De La Rosa started having in early 2007, using bass guitar, some cheap drum machines, and synths.  They were inspired to record music largely by 70’s synth prog, and 80’s lo-fi electronic and industrial music. They recorded a number of songs at friend Will Burnett’s studio that fall.  Their first officially released track was on the Wierd Records compilation, Analogue Electronic Music Vol II. Owen Hutchinson joined the band for their first live show at the Wierd party that December. In January of 2008, they released their first 7″, a split with Excepter member Jon Porkchop aka SSPS.


Throughout 2008 and 2009 they self-recorded their first album, Dust on Common, which Wierd Records released in Nov. of 2009. In spring of 2010, they toured Europe with Xeno and Oaklander, playing shows in the UK, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Italy. Subsequently they released a 7″ and then the May EP on Captured Tracks. Led Er Est did a brief west coast run with The Soft Moon last fall and just played SXSW. On stage and in the studio Led Er Est create a thick wall of atmospheric soundscapes using vintage analog recording devices, samplers, and synths using sci-fi soundtracks and cold wave as reference points.


Now Led Er Est is sharing with the world their newest album, The Diver, released May 8th on Sacred Bones records. The band recently took time to speak with Spin Magazine about the creative process and origins of this record. For more of the story behind the record and first single “Kaiyo Maru” head here. Second single “Bladiator” premiered this week via FACT and now the band is offering up the entire record as an exclusive one-week stream at Self-Titled Mag, complete with the corresponding literary references that inspired each of the album’s songs. Download “Bladiator” and stream the entire record via the below links.





Led Er Est

The Diver

(Sacred Bones)

May 8, 2012

1. Animal Smear
2. Housefire at Zumi’s
3. Kaiyo Maru
4. The Diver
5. Bladiator
6. Agua Fuerte
7. Arab Tide
8. Divided Parallel
9. Iron the Mandala
10. La Lluvia y Memoria
11. Sanetta
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