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Ester Drang

Alternative Rock
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA


199? The First Longing
199? Candle Stick
199? Lafayette
1999 That is When He Turns Us Golden Red Crown Record Empire
2000 Ester Drang / Antenna Lodge split (7“) Yawn Records
2001 Goldenwest Burnt Toast Vinyl
2003 Infinite Keys Jade Tree
2004 Pleasure Themes and Get Rich Schemes (10” vinyl) Burnt Toast Vinyl
2006 Rocinate Jade Tree

The First Longing

199? Independent

Cassette only. “This was Ester Drang's first recording and was often called a Starflyer rip off. The band at the time was Bryce, Kyle, and James.”

Bryce Chambers - Voice, guitar
James Joseph Mcalister - Drums
Kyle Winner - Bass guitar

  1. Lust
  2. Someday
  3. First Longing
  4. Don't Waste Away


199? Independent

Cassette only. “The cover was is in black and white is actually a picture of Grand Central Station. We called the tape “Lampstand” because of the scripture we put inside of it (Rev.2:5). Sterling had only been with the band one month before it was recorded. It was recorded upstairs of Sterling's parents pink house.”

Bryce Chambers
James Mcalister
Kyle Winner
Sterling Williams

  1. Blue Skies
  2. Adle Vice
  3. Your Refrain
  4. View Finder


199? Independent

Cassette only. “I believe this tape was recorded when Bryce got his four track recorder. Most of the songs sound like they have been slowed down and are pretty bad quality. There are alternate versions of several songs that made it onto “That is When He Turns us Golden,” but the biggest surprise is “The First of Many Explanations.” It was recovered a couple years later and reworked. It bacame the crowd favorite, “Felicity Darling.””

  1. Lafayette
  2. Capsule Return Data
  3. The Kremlin
  4. The First of Many Explanations
  5. Lafayette #2
  6. Huskavarna (medulla oblangata version)
  7. Closest Approach

That is When He Turns Us Golden

1999 Red Crown Record Empire

“The title came from a conversation Bryce had with a man he worked with. He described passing into the afterlife as God turning us golden. It was recorded at the homes of Tim Miser and James on Tim's computer. I am pretty sure this was Tim's first time as a record producer. David joined the band between the recording and release of this album. It's release also marked the point that the Drang began playing local clubs and weening itself from Christian shows…a very exciting time.”

Bryce Chambers
James Mcalister
Kyle Winner
Sterling Williams

  1. Lafayette
  2. Fiddling While Rome Burns
  3. Recently, Forever
  4. Always
  5. One-Hundred Seventeen Days Adrift
  6. O Captain, My Captain
  7. When The Curtain's Down
  8. Huskavarna
  9. The Caspian Silence

Ester Drang / Antenna Lodge split (7")

2000 Yawn Records

“We decided to do this because we really wanted to record and we thought we had a pretty cool song. We recorded it here in Tulsa with sound engineer wizard Hank Charles. David sings on the bridge. The drums were sampled into a Roland Dr. sample then played through that to ADAT. There were only 500 of these pressed, so good luck finding one.”

Bryce Chambers, David Motter, James McAlister, Kyle Winner, Sterling Williams

  1. Ester Drang - Repeating the Procedure
  2. Antenna Lodge - Nightmares in Pantyhose


2001 Burnt Toast Vinyl

“Our first trip to a real studio, the Green Room, Huntington Beach, California. There is a lot to say about this album. The three weeks spent recording it were long, dark, and stressful. In the end it was all worth it. Chris Colbert and Frank Lenz manned the board and cursed at us an awful lot. The album title was taken from a major street running through Huntington Beach. The biggest surprise from this session was the title track. We had the piano recorded before we went to California and thought it was just gonna turn out to be this big noise jam. Frank laid down the drums on it and Kyle got the bass line and it took a whole new shape that we didn't expect. The violin on “Felicity, Darling” was recorded here in Tulsa to a click track and a scratch guitar. When we took it to the studio, Sterling played to the click until the ending and he winged it. When we played it back Sterling was right on the click at the end and had managed to come back in at just the right moment. It was amazing.”

Bryce Chambers
David Motter
James McAlister
Kyle Winner
Sterling Williams

  1. Goldenwest
  2. Song For Johnathon
  3. Is Nothing New?
  4. Repeating The Procedure
  5. That's When He Turns Us Golden
  6. Words That Cure, Part 1
  7. Words That Cure, Part 2
  8. How Good Is Good Enough?
  9. Felicity, Darling

Infinite Keys

2003 Jade Tree

As always, song writing is a slow process for Ester Drang. Bryce said he started writing “Dead Man” soon after returning from the Goldenwest sessions and recorded a demo of it by the following September. The demo had Sterling making some noise on a tenor sax, and lyricly it was very personal for Bryce. “If They Only Knew” is another one written early on and usually appeared on setlists as “The Western Song” or “Westminster” because of it's c&w swing. Demo versions included a mellchior sound that maybe sounded a bit too much like “Exit (Music for a Film).” Jeff hooked up with the Drang during the writing process, and David quit about a month before the sessions began.

Bryce Chambers
James McAlister
Jeff Shoop
Kyle Winner

John Owen Parish - Drums on track 2

  1. The Temple Mount
  2. Dead Man's Point Of View
  3. Oceans Of You
  4. One Hundred Times
  5. The Greatest Thing
  6. No One Could Ever Take Your Face
  7. If They Only Knew
  8. All The Feeling
  9. I Don't Want To Live (In A World Of Infinite Keys)

Pleasure Themes and Get Rich Schemes (10" vinyl)

2004 Burnt Toast Vinyl

“This hasn't been released yet, but is a part of the one-sided lp series from Burnt Toast Vinyl. We recorded it with Hank Charles in August 2002. “Easy Money” was based around a loop David created in “Reason 1.0.” “One Hundred Times” and “All the Feeling” were re-recorded for the Infinite Keys album, but the version of “All the Feeling” on this record was recorded with Trent Bell in January 2001. It is special because Sterling played drums on it and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips played synth and pedal steel on it. We paid him $50 to come out for a couple hours and he played some very cool stuff. “Pleasure Themes and Get Rich Schemes” is an older song we hadn't played in a long time. It is a very good song and deserved to be recorded.”

Bryce Chambers
James McAlister
Jeff Schoop
Kyle Winner

Guest musicians: David Motter, Jason Bilyeu, Sterling Williams, Steven Drozd

  1. Easy Money
  2. One Hundred Times
  3. All The Feeling
  4. Pleasure Themes And Get Rich Schemes


2006 Jade Tree

  1. Come Back Alive
  2. Valencia's Dying Dream
  3. Grave Mistake
  4. Hooker With A Heart Of Gold
  5. Great Expectations
  6. Everyone Is A Victim
  7. Smoke And Air
  8. Caledonia
  9. White Lies
  10. Proustian Moments

Compilation Appearances

Sparkler, Volume 1 (1997)
08) Adle Vice (3:27)

Thirty-One Flavors: Sample the Flavor (1997 M & M Records)
09) Huskavarna
10) Always

Spot Awards Compilation
??) repeating the procedure

Underground 101

NBR, The Secret Recordings

Circle of Birds - Circle of Birds

2002 Burnt Toast Vinyl

Ester Drang, Unwed Sailor, and Lasso got together for four days and nights to write and record music together. The result was Circle of Birds. The album was mixed by Dave Bazaan of Pedro the Lion.

Tim Miser / Lasso - Into Final Corners

2003 Flat Earth

Tim is a long time friend of the Drang. He recorded our first cd and also the Circle of Birds cd. Everyone in the Drang has played with him at one time or another. James and Jeff were both in his band at the time he recorded his latest cd.

Unwed Sailor - The Marionette and the Music Box

2003 Burnt Toast Vinyl

James is always going somewhere to play with someone. He was a part of The Marionette and the Music Box recording and he and Jeff recently worked on a song with Unwed Sailor for a 7“.

See also Tim Miser / Lasso (Lasso)