Melancholy post-rock outfit Ester Drang formed in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1995. Early members Bryce Chambers, James McAlister, Sterling Williams, and Kyle Winner were fans of Echo & the Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine, and Mogwai, and together they derived a lush, bittersweet sound. The band released its debut, That Is When He Turns Us Golden, on Red Crown Record Empire in 1999. After adding David Motter to the lineup, Goldenwest followed on Burnt Toast Vinyl in 2002. It was a critical hit among the indie crowd and earned Ester Drang gigs with the likes of the Get Up Kids, Wheat, and the Starlight Mints. After moving to the Jade Tree label, 2003's Infinite Keys featured the quartet of Chambers, McAlister, Winner, and Jeff Shoop. With guests including the Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd, The Pleasure Themes and Get Rich Schemes EP ...
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