Sunday, May 29 in New York City at Rough Trade, Brooklyn
With a catalogue that spans well over three decades, Esplendor Geométrico has had a diverse and interesting musical story with roots firmly set in the early industrial genre. Original members Arturo Lanz, Gabriel Riaza, and Juan Carlos Sastre released their first LP in 1982 titled El Acero Del Partido on Tic Tac before forming their own label in 1985 called Esplendor Geométrico Discos. Under their label, EG put out three more LPs during the mid-80s, refining their rhythmic industrial soundscapes. Notably, the landmark album, Mekano-Turbo from 1988, established more danceable rhythms in their power noise tracks.
By 1990, Esplendor Geométrico had recruited Saverio Evangelista to join the band alongside original member Arturo Lanz. The duo released the heavily Arabic influenced album Sheikh Aljama in 1991 on the label Geometrik generating the overseas hit “Sinaya.” In the coming years, EG would replace their harsher sounds for softer ones, still maintaining their industrial foundation while mixing in Eastern influences. EN-CO-D-Esplendor, a remix album, sealed their fate in the history of industrial music when it was released in 1998, containing contributions by the likes of heavy-hitters Coil and Chris & Cosey.
In 2015, the band found its way back into DJ setlists thanks to the new industrial/techno label Contort Yourself. Featured on the Shark Story of the Century EP with the re-release of their 1988 track “Rotor”, Esplendor Geométrico remains to be a relevant facet of electronic music. Underground favorites, Broken English Club also remixed the song on the EP, bringing it a lighter and more techno-influenced revamp for dance floors.