What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
In the past years, we have played together in other bands and the four of us always felt a connection. When our lives as live musicians came to a stop due to the lockdown, it gave us the time and peace to get together in the rehearsal room and play day after day. It ignited a burst of inspiration for our songs. And of course, many people have tried to tell us that from a commercial perspective, now is not a good time to start a new band, or release a debut EP. But writing and releasing our songs has almost been therapeutic in these strange times, and we truly believe our songs are worth sharing.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Bird’s Eye View is our second single, produced by Pablo van de Poel (DeWolff). It is a both sweet and haunting song about coming to terms with faded dreams and getting older. On this track, Elephant is accompanied by pedal steel guitarist Stefan Wolfs (Judy Blank, Dylan LeBlanc, Next of Kin). The theme of Bird’s Eye View was beautifully captured in the music video by Conform Cox. She is an amazing designer/illustrator from Rotterdam.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Cass McCombs, Haruki Murakami, Paul McCartney, Anne & Kate McGarrigle, Claude Monet, The Carpenters, Edward Jenner, Grateful Dead, Pisano & Ruff, Narcissus, Sigmund Freud.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Our music is mostly sunny, melancholy and in a major key. We write mellow songs with an eccentric edge, for fans of Wilco, Andy Shauf and Big Thief.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Album: Pisano & Ruff – Under the Blanket, Brian Eno – Music for Airports, Grateful Dead – Europe ‘72.
Movie: Lost in Translation, Fargo, Boyhood.
Books: Haruki Murakami – Kafka on the Shore, Dimitri Verhulst – The Misfortunates, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Hundred Years of Solitude.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
We loved having the time to work on our songs last year but we really miss performing live. The few live gigs we could do were the highlights of our year. If you are interested, one of the shows was recorded and is available on our Youtube channel!
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Michael (lead guitar/vocals) and Bas (bass/vocals) were childhood friends and played together in a band in which Michael was the bass player and Bas was the lead guitarist. They found eachother again in Elephant, in which their roles are reversed.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Midnight in Manhattan. It is our debut single and written by all four of us.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
At the end of March 2021, we will release our self-titled EP, produced by Pablo van de Poel (DeWolff) and recorded in the Electrosaurus Southern Sound Studio. Subscribe to our mailing list by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you a digital pre-release of the EP!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Which other Dutch bands should I definitely know about?
If you have never seen a DeWolff or Dawn Brothers show (live or on Youtube), do yourself a favor and check them out.
Photo Credits: Katie Sia (1st one), Merel Vosselman (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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