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This psych folk outfit was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in 2002. Using a variety of weird and wonderful instruments as well as the standard guitar, drums and bass, the band has enjoyed a steady rise in profile rarely seen with an outfit within their genre. Beginning as a trio comprising Greg Weeks (USA; dulcimer, guitar, violin, keyboards, vocals), Meg Baird (b. Margaret Baird, Philadelphia, USA; dulcimer, vocals, guitar) and Brooke Sietinsons (b. USA; guitar), Espers quickly built up a small but committed following in their home-town and beyond as a result of impressive live performances. Signing to independent label Locust, the outfit released their self-titled debut album in the USA in 2004, which was released in the UK by Wichita in 2005. The album combined folk with chamber rock, also bringing in elements of 60s pop. Espers was a surprise hit for the band, and was followed in 2005 by a mini-album of cover versions, The Weed Tree, a collection of...