Amidst the tour by indie acoustic quintet Elephant Revival behind its sophomore release, BREAK IN THE CLOUDS (June 2011, Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records), the band will play in California this month — while buzz for its “finely tuned” songwriting, instrumentation, multi-genre style and free spirit continues to fly along radio waves and across the Internet.
Elephant Revival plays at 9 p.m. Thursday, January 19, at The Mint, 6010 West Pico Blvd. Cover is $10; information: 323.954.2994.
Chicago Sun-Times says, “The melodic, finely tuned songs are a tribute to the collaborative songwriting talents of each band member”: Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe and musical saw), Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola and vocals), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo and vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar and vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).
Band members play a lot of instruments, but the band goes further than folk with originals that snap and sparkle with elements of traditional balladry, Scottish/Celtic fiddle, psychedelic old-time indie rock, rustic Americana, world beat, ’40s/’50s jazz and hip-hop.
The album was recorded in Lyons, Colo., and was produced by David Tiller (Taarka) in his studio, The Distillery.
“We have elements from many different styles of music. The cohesive quality comes from the honor and respect we hold for each other and our fans.” Rose told Relix magazine, which wrote, “The band’s multi-layered musical style comes from the various musical breeding grounds of its players,” a particular quality that puts Elephant Revival far ahead of the rest of the crowd. “We create in service to the music,” Rose said. “We do not control what it is or what it will become.”
Elephant Revival upcoming shows include:
January 12, Community Concert Hall, Durango, Colo.
January 13 & 14, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, Colo.
January 15, Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, Colo.
January 16, KTAO Solar Center, Taos, N.M.
January 18, Raven Café, Prescott, Ariz.
January 19, The Mint, Los Angeles
January 21, The Compound Grill, Phoenix, Ariz.
January 27, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Ann Arbor, Mich.
January 28, Metro, Chicago
For more information, see www.elephantrevival.com