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Saturday, March 15 • 10:35pm - 11:05pm
Elephone

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BIO Elephone started out when 2 Los Angeles experimental indie rock artists, Terry Ashkinos and Ryan Lambert, became bored of the LA rock scene and moved to San Francisco. That was 2003. At that time San Francisco was brimming with amazing bands, like Rogue Wave and The Velvet Teen, that finally found their way back into the clubs after the dot-com bust and the DJ takeover. Terry and Ryan started writing and recording with various musicians which gave birth to A Far Distant Parade, Still Life with Vodka and The Shivering which were compared to The Cure and Love and Rockets in local and national press. But it was in 2006 that Terry and Ryan started working with Dan Settle on bass and keys that they hit their stride with The Camera Behind the Camera Behind the Camera released on Three Ring Records, notable home to Rykarda Parasol and Boyscout. After college radio stations nationwide started playing the record, Camera charted number 14 on CMJ, became a staple on internet stations like Bagel Radio and Soma FM and received play on commercial radio in various markets including SF, LA and Portland. After extensive “do-it-yourself touring,” Elephone was featured several times on Live 105 as one of the SF’s finest new acts and Camera remains in semi-regular rotation on LA’s Indie 103. Elephone went on to play some of the largest venue’s in SF including The Shoreline Amphitheater, The Mezzanine, The Independent, 330 Rich, Café Du Nord, The Bottom of the Hill and others. They have played with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Stills, The Kills, The Dandy Warhols, The Posies, Rogue Wave, Film School, Every Move a Picture and others. Elephone has been featured in the SF Chronicle, The Onion, The SF Bay Guardian, The SF Weekly and virtually every SF pod cast and indie music site there is. In 2007 Sierra Frost and Lilly Faden from the local sensation, Two Seconds, joined the band. Bringing in Sierra as an edgy vocalist and keyboard player and Lilly as a ferocious drummer has given Elephone a new musical prowess and pop sensibility that was not as present on past records. The new album, as of yet untitled, is slated to be release on Talking House Records in late June. It promises to be far and away their most ambitious and relatable record to date. Having the freedom to create music in the studio gis giving these recordings an otherworldly quality and they have really found a home at Talking House with their vision to build an artistic community on their own terms. Elephone’s live shows are often a spectacle of energy and emotion with that loud/soft and then louder dynamic that crawls under your skin and keeps you begging for more. The boy/girl vocals and swirling guitars and synths have drawn comparisons to a Pixies meets Radiohead mongrel. But the “stage as a village” and intellectual emotion that comprise the songs and live shows seem closer to The Arcade Fire or The Talking Heads… “Tenebrous power-pop impressionism gets a serious makeover in this emotional and intelligent release from the Bay Area quintet, Elephone. They manage to balance complex imagery with restrained intensity, à la Radiohead's OK Computer. See them now so you can say you heard them when.” -SF Weekly Listen UP!
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Saturday March 15, 2008 10:35pm - 11:05pm
Bourbon Rocks 508 E 6th St

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