Elf Power

AdHoc Presents

Elf Power


Sat, May 27, 2017

8:00 pm

Baby's All Right

Brooklyn, NY

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Elf Power
Elf Power
Elf Power formed in 1994 and over the last 19 years have released twelve albums, two eps, and a handful of singles, while touring North America, Europe, and Japan many times. Albums such as 1998's Dave Fridmann-produced "A Dream In Sound" and 2008's collaboration with the late Vic Chesnutt, "Dark Developments" have cemented the bands' reputation as the finest purveyors of modern melodic pychedelic folk rock around.

Their latest album, "Sunlight On The Moon" combines the scuzzy, sleazy recording qualities of their early lo-fi masterworks with their powerful live bombast, with experiments in Kraftwerk-styled/Eno-esque drum machine minimalism, into a seamless, perfectly flowing whole. The album's release on October 1, 2013 coincides with American tour dates with the recently revived Neutral Milk Hotel, with whom Elf Power did their first big national tour 15 years ago in 1998! Many more headlining shows throughout America and Europe are planned for the fall and spring. Singer/songwriter Andrew Rieger and longtime collaborator multi-instrumentalist Laura Carter are joined by James Huggins(Of Montreal/Great Lakes) on bass, and Peter Alvanos on drums, though all the members play a wide variety of instruments on the recordings. Longtime collaborator Bryan Poole(Of Montreal) still joins the band on guitar at live shows.

The band recorded the latest record in a variety of settings ranging from singer/songwriter Andrew Rieger's home studio, to Athens, GA's The Glow studio, to Lavonia, GA's Gypsy Farm Studios, a long derelict country music theatre located in rural Georgia. Newly renovated and transformed into a recording studio, the beautiful auditorium hosted concerts from the likes of Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and George Jones throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the songs sprung from a return to Elf Power's original mode of songwriting, writing and recording the song simultaneously without rehearsal. Songs like "Lift the Shell", "A Grey Cloth Covering My Face" and "Things Lost" were recorded as they were being written with Rieger playing all of the basic instrumentation and other band members later embellishing the creations with their own flavors. Often, a more fully rehearsed "full band" version was recorded as well, but the more minimalistic original versions were preferred for their stranger, looser qualities.

"Sunlight On The Moon" sees release on October 1, 2013 as a joint release on Darla Records / Orange Twin Records. Orange Twin Records works in conjunction with The Orange Twin Conservation Community, 155 acres of beautiful land on the outskirts of Athens that has initiated the development of a highly progressive, self-sustainable and ecologically-minded cluster village and nature preserve.

Artists are: Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, James Huggins, Peter Alvanos
"Hard to pin down, harder to hold onto.

Bent circuit board snake charmers unfurl across hexagonal grids.
A seemingly familiar sound but then you realize you have your ear pressed against a reflection.
Sunwatchers are a distorted prism to so many past greats.
Reminiscent of Ethiopiques, John Handy Band, Terry Riley, Art Ensemble meets Laddio Bolocko.
Forever swirling saxophone blended belly to belly with elastic guitar and tin foil thin phin (a thai instrument not unlike an electrified tenor guitar or sitar).
A whirlpool of repetitious interpretations.
Militaristic marches ascend into meditations.
These songs map out great pyramids and deep buried labyrinths.
They are massive.
They are leviathans.

The band is comprised of NYC improv heavy hitters:
Jim McHugh - Guitar, Electric Phin
Peter Kerlin - Bass
Jeff Tobias - Alto Sax
Cory Bracken - Vibes, Percussion
Jason Robira - Drums

and sitting in are:
Dave Harrington - Guitar, Synth
Ben Greenberg - Guitar
Dave Kadden - Keyboard
Jonah Rapino - Fiddle

Notable previous projects include Dark Meat, Arthur Doyle's New Quiet Screamers, NYMPH, and Chris Forsyth's Solar Motel Band.

AND with amazing cover painting of handsome Jimmy Valiant by artist Scott Lenhardt.
A strange but somehow sensible match made in heaven.

Dream machinery.
Just plain far out.
Look for traces of this one in your brain jelly afterwards.

Venue Information:
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY, 11211