SJ Esau

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SJ Esau
Birth name Sam Wisternoff
Born Bristol, England
Genres Indie rock, Experimental Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, producer
Years active 1999–present
Labels fromSCRATCHrecords
Twisted Nerve Records
Enormous Corpse
Associated acts Jody Wisternoff

SJ Esau is the music project of Sam Wisternoff, an experimental pop musician from Bristol, England. Although ostensibly a solo project, Wisternoff is often joined by drummer, Sean Talbot and has incorporated a variety of other musicians into recording projects and live performances.

History and work[edit]

Born, 28 November 1977, Sam Wisternoff’s music career began in the late 80’s as a prepubescent rapper, collaborating with his brother, Jody Wisternoff to release a single on Smith & Mighty’s Three Stripe Records. Spending his later teenage years in indie rock band, The Pudding, Wisternoff self released the debut SJ Esau album, Queezy Beliefs in 1999 on his Enormous Corpse label which was followed by various CDR albums and limited edition releases for labels such as Static Caravan Recordings, Twisted Nerve Records and Fooltribe.

In 2007 Anticon Records re-released the album Wrong Faced Cat Feed Collapse.[1] The next album, Small Vessel was released by Anticon in 2008.[2]

The intervening years saw Wisternoff releasing various SJ Esau EPs as well as taking part in a variety of collaborative projects such as Jeremy Smoking Jacket with Rose Kemp and Hesomagari with Yoshino Shigihara from the band, Zun Zun Egui. In 2010 Wisternoff started a music video production and audio mastering company entitled Ill Spectre Productions, producing music videos for bands such as Gravenhurst, Thought Forms and Get the Blessing.

In 2014 fromSCRATCHrecords released the album, Exploding Views.[3]




  • Photocopy Of My Face Sellotaped To Adrian's Face (2004)
  • Live In Doors (2005)
  • 5 Track EP (2006)
  • The Gist (2009)
  • Internal Workings (2011)


  • V/A vs SJ Esau - Stop Touching My Cat - Remix Collection (2005)
  • Under Certain Things / Aerial Split 7" w/ Bronnt Industries Kapital (2006)
  • Twocsinak & SJ Esau Are A Pair Of Pussies / SJ Esau & Twocsinak Are Feline Groovy Split w/ Twocsinak (2006)
  • V/A vs SJ Esau - More Touching - Remix Collection (2008)
  • Once Inch Badge Split 7" w/ Half-handed Cloud, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names & Kopek (2009)
  • Sellotape Epiphany (2009)


  • Onanist Homework Robot & The Guano Ignoramus - Large Ghost (2004)
  • Jeremy Smoking Jacket - Now We Are Dead (And Other Stories) (2005)
  • Hesomagari - Hanasu Shapes (2011)


  1. ^ Ducker, Jesse (April 9, 2007). "New Anticon Act SJ Esau and his Wrong Faced Cat Feed Collapse". East Bay Express. 
  2. ^ Zeiss, John (June 20, 2008). "SJ Esau: Small Vessel". Prefix. 
  3. ^ Manchester, Guy (December 3, 2013). "Louder Than War Video Premier". Louder Than War. 

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