Chester first made his name as an underground producer, recording and mixing breakthrough records, at times for nothing but food and lodging, for some of the most interesting groups in the American indie scene — acts like Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Cloud Nothings, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Air Waves, etc. He has also long been a sought-after live player, performing synth and bass duties for the Dan Deacon Ensemble and Nuclear Power Pants.
Chester Endersby Gwazda‘s self-released lush indie-rock debut Shroud came out quietly in 2012 as a pay-whatever digital download. But after a lot of positive word-of-mouth and a memorable stint opening for Dan Deacon on a two-month tour, it’s been picked up by both American and UK labels for re-release. He’s back on the road this summer, taking his production-happy, melodic pop music to Europe in May and June. A few weeks ago Chester came in with his band to tape a microshow. Cara Beth Satalino (who has a project called Outer Spaces out on Matador Records) played keyboards and sang. Rob Dowler played drums.
The whole night came together into a fantastic head-bobbing evening of dense psych pop. Chester has a way of simplifying pop into something incredibly catchy without being commercial or cliché. He even adds the occasional auto-tuned vocal and it simply works. Rob played to a bunch of backing tracks that added a variety of layers and textures with bass and insane polyrhythmic percussion parts. His time is a force to be reckoned with and it’s complemented by Cara’s amazingly precise and gentle harmony vocals and Chester’s jangly pop vocals. Enjoy the show!