Evan Russell Saffer - The Opponent


Music Style:
Electro Punk

Brooklyn
NY
USA

Band Description
Skrillex meets Garbage with a splash of Queen. The Opponent fuses his high voltage rock, integrating electronics and dance beats with powerful pop melodies – 5 tracks of Massive-Dub-Electro-Dance-Metal.  

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Artist Biography
“Schizophrenics are never alone” ERS unveils electro-punk EP The Opponent
Skrillex meets Garbage with a splash of Queen -The Opponent is the the sophomore release from Brooklyn recording artist Evan Russell Saffer (aka ERS) follow up to 2010’s rock opera Neon Gas.  The Opponent fuses his high voltage rock, integrating electronics and dance beats – 5 tracks of massive dub electro dance metal.  Saffer’s signature melodic songwriting, monstrous hooks and searing vocal work (including spoken word) are all there along with rave-esque dance beats and mesmerizing guitar work.
 
ERS: “I’ve always wanted to make this type of record, infusing all that I love about dance along with melodic hooks and that rock edge that I’ve done for years.  We took cues from Dubstep, House, Hard Rock and Metal and came up with this massive brainchild that we’re all loving.  It’s been fun working with both Martin Kestner (DJ/Sequencing) and Eric Bair (lead guitar) who are both kindred spirits in their passion for great music and enormous talents.  This album is about facing myself, my ego and inner demons – Over this past year I have been heavily influenced by the teachings of Kabbalah along with the writings of Eckhart Tolle which turned me onto this type of mental awareness – and my mind is not a safe place to be..  The music along with the album artwork aims to reflect that both the demon and the deity are within and they are both YOU!  Just a different shade of the same person and you choose who you want to be.  It sounds heavy and there are definitely some dark moments, but the overall vibe of this release is very uplifting, sonically massive, and very liberating.” ~ERS
Tracklisting
The Opponent:
  • 01 Scarecrow (spoken word)
  • 02 Beautiful Stranger
  • 03 One Friend
  • 04 ICLYATIDN (I Couldn’t Love You Anymore Than I Do Now)
  • 05 Best In Me
- Tracks 2-5 produced by Martin Kestner and ERS and mixed by Martin Kestner, Track 1 produced and mixed by Kase Reese, Engineered by Tommy Sica, additional recording by Gino DiGeso, mastered by Hakan Ludvigson of Substream Records Sweden

- performances by Evan Russell Saffer (voices), Eric Bair (guitars), Martin Kestner (beats/synth/effects), Kase Reese (beats/synth/effects), Cody Darbe (bass)
 
ERS has been performing and recording most of his life, has released records as the frontman for road warriors Fixer (Riker Hill Records) from 2000-2009 touring coast to coast in the USA.  Since embarking on a solo career in 2009 ERS has toured with Tremonti, Hurt, Filter, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Queensryche, Saliva, Candlebox and many others as well as Buzzfest 2012 and Rockapalooza 2008 and 2013.  ERS has seen his music featured in various broadcast formats and networks including TLC’s “NY INK”, MTV’s “Awkward”, Exposure: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011 (officially released by Playstation Network), ESPN U for use in 2012 college football.  ERS has been a featured artist on ReverbNation and MusicDish Secret Sounds vol. 1 as well as performing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden in NYC for NIT college basketball.  He also performs stand up comedy regularly and owns Kave Espresso Bar (www.kavebrooklyn.com) in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  ERS albums Neon Gas (Naysayer Entertainment 2010) and The Opponent (Substream/Uberstrom 2013) available at all digital outlets.  Find music, tour dates, videos and all things ERS on
All songs published by E Dawg Music (ASCAP), Copyright 2012-2013 Evan Russell Saffer
Naysayer Entertainment/Substream/Uberstrom
 
© Evan Russell Saffer 2013


Press Release
Substream Launches New Label ‘Uberstrom’ With The Opponent By Evan Russell Saffer

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Sweden’s Substream Music Group, the company behind iconic electro pop label Substream and dance music label Clubstream, launches Uberstrom, a new label for electronic rock music. The first artist on Uberstrom is Brooklyn’s Evan Russell Saffer with the massive EP; “The Opponent”.

Uberstrom - Electro Meets Rock

Skrillex meets Garbage with a splash of Queen -The Opponent is the the sophomore release from Brooklyn recording artist Evan Russell Saffer (aka ERS) follow up to 2010’s rock opera Neon Gas. The Opponent fuses his high voltage rock, integrating electronics and dance beats - 5 tracks of Massive-Dub-Electro-Dance-Metal. Saffer’s signature melodic songwriting, monstrous hooks and searing vocal work (including spoken word) are all there along with rave-esque dance beats and mesmerizing guitar work.

"Uberstrom fills a gap in the market in-between rock, electro pop and dance music. I have planned to launch Uberstrom for years, but it took until 2013 to find the right artists and sounds suited to define the genre until Evan contacted me. When I heard the massive sound of The Opponent and its brilliant mix of classic rock with electronic accents I told myself that it was time to set the plans for the label into action.” - says Uberstrom label manager Mikael Arthursson; one of the original founders of Substream.

Evan Russell Saffer says: “I’ve always wanted to make this type of record, infusing all that I love about dance along with melodic hooks and that rock edge that I’ve done for years. We took cues from Dubstep, House, Hard Rock and Metal and came up with this massive brainchild that we’re all loving. It’s been fun working with both Martin Kestner (DJ/Sequencing) and Eric Bair (lead guitar) who are both kindred spirits in their passion for great music and enormous talents.”

Calling Electro Rock Artists
The release of The Opponent is just the beginning for the Uberstrom label. “We have signed more artists who are currently finishing up new work which will come out later this fall.” –Says Mikael Arthursson. “We are currently also looking for talented, dedicated and ambitious artists and producers in the electro/rock field, and are accepting demos on our website.

About the Record Label

The release is coming out on Uberstrom, a part of Clubstream, run by the Substream Music Group of Sweden. Founded in 2004, Substream has grown to be one of Sweden's leading label groups for electronic music. The main office is located in downtown Gothenburg on the Swedish Westcoast.

Today Substream has a catalog of 300 releases and 2000 tracks released under the 10 subsidary labels: Substream (electro-pop), Mareld (leftfield electronica), Dansant (dance and upbeat pop), Uberstrom (rock/electro) and the Clubstream label group (6 labels from house to techno and dubstep). Substream also operates one of Sweden's most renowned mastering studios.

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