Many dreams that come to fruition start with a single daydream.
Escotar came about when Lance Hofstad created a fake band with a co-worker at his day job. Soon this simple idea, created 10 years ago, turned into a reality.
"I had a day job with an internet startup during the first Dot com bubble in Seattle,'' Hofstad said. ''A co-worker and I created a fake band that we wrote fake songs for to pass the time. We'd send each other emails with subject lines that were supposed to be the title and you had to send back song lyrics. We had a lot of friends, who were messing around playing tunes, so we decided to form a band with some of these tunes.''
The co-worker introduced Hofstad, who sings and plays guitar, to drummer Sean Kearney, and they started playing together as Skearney.
"We played some shows, but you know how bands are,'' Hofstad said. ''Soon outside forces came to weigh on the band, and Kearney and I were left paying for our rehearsal space and wanting to play more music. I'd been writing songs that the band wasn't using. We started playing those songs and took the name, Estocar, which I had been using as an umbrella for these things that I have been fooling with during this time."
Rounding out the band is Steve Melle on bass, and Estocar has released six albums since 2002. Saturday's show at Cedars West End is part of a tour in support of 2012's ''Faux Fiction,'' and the group also is working on a new disc.
WHO: Estocar, Moons of Saturn and Dave Pokrivnak and Dave Knowlden
WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Cedars West End, 706 Steel St., Youngstown
HOW MUCH: $5
"We have about a dozen plus new songs that we are working toward recording for our new album, 'Celluloid,''' Hofstad said. ''We are planning on playing about 3 to 5 of the new songs for this tour. ... We are still touring on 'Faux Fiction,' though we are mostly focused on playing new material and preparing it to be recorded. We have a lot of new songs, but while we are out on the road this time, we will play about 40 percent of the new material, 40 percent from 'Faux Fiction and then the other 20 percent is a song here and there from our previous albums."
Kearney said that the band definitely is influenced by the angular noise pop meets art punk sounds of Pere Ubu, Mission of Burma and the minimalist style of Young Marble Giants. He said the band is also influenced by some of the acclaimed neo- psychedelic post-punk Paisley Underground bands of the 1980s such as The Dream Syndicate and The Long Ryders. The Pere Ubu and The Dream Syndicate influence is quite evident in the band's 2006 effort, "Garage Philosophy."
"You don't simply hear these influences, but it's all mashed up in my dysfunctional disco playing style,'' Kearney said. ''I am incorporating old analog drums - thank you eBay - made by Syndrum and Synare along with some delay pedals stacked upon my regular drum set to add a little long tail to each beat. I am trying to channel Young Marble Giants and Suicide.''
According to Hofstad, the band gets a lot of Joy Division and Talking Heads influences. Estocar does add their unique artful landscape and playful lyric craft.
"We are just trying to put as much energy and emotion into the music as we could, in a tiny rehearsal space underground on Capitol Hill in Seattle,'' Hofstad said. ''There is a great music scene that lives and breathes out in the northwest, and I'd say it has been a large influence on our approach and playing. There are so many good bands and they all do their own thing. I definitely listen to a lot of music, but don't really set out to sound like anyone at this point or really in the past for that matter. We have been having fun playing for so long that it is starting to find its own feel that is all our own."