Elipant is a North London Power trio formed in 2015. Psychedelic influences mixed with punk-rock sensibilities. Retro with a contemporary twist and a will to sound like no one else. Lyrically in between sensual surrealism and no-bullshit politics. Building a strong following with their high-energy live shows. Eliphant declares war against the stiff and the bored!
01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?
Eliphant was formed in spring 2015 by Dade and Elian who knew each other from a chance meeting and playing in another band, played our first gigs that summer with our first drummer Marco. We got Nelson on board in June 2016 and we’ve been living happily ever since.
02. What influences do the band members have in common?
We’re united by our passion for music, cinema and arts along with the fact that we both decided to come to London to pursue our dreams and ambitions.
03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?
Since we started we shared nights with some very cool 60’s influenced bands. The Carnations who pushed us to get together, Creamer & Wesley, Black Doldrums, The pacers, DIN,… They appeal to us because of their sense of originality, tunes and charm.
04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?
It’s hard to tell as we’ve been away for many years now and are yet to tour Europe. Elian, Nelson and Dade all used to play in bands doing pub circuits back in Paris, Lisbon and Nizza in Italy respectively. There wasn’t much of a 60’s/underground scene like there is now.
05. How would you describe the style you play?
Psychedelic sixties garage mixed with punk-rock sensibilities. Retro with a contemporary twist.
06. What are your live shows like?
Explosive! Live shows are the best representation of our band. We love to take our audience on a trip, between strong songs and improvisations. That way every show is different and surprising.
07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?
We all got an eclectic taste in music so anything relevant since rock’n’roll started. In our music, you could find influences from Bowie, Love, Stooges, early Floyd, Pistols, Pixies, Sonic Youth, White stripes and so on. We played covers of ‘Moonage daydream’ by David Bowie, ‘Break on through’ by The Doors. Apart from the top 40 garbage not worth mentioning… Virtuoso music, posers with no songs to offer, any music that sounds safe and formatted (Coldplay?).
08. What are your main influences outside of music?
Each of us in the band, our lovers and our friends. All the crazy characters we meet around this fair old town. Daily lives, socializing at night and Wetherspoons.
09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?
Elian writes the basic songs, lyrically dealing with love, lust, social commentary and a sense of freedom. Sometimes abstract to paint an emotion or a situation. other times we use music as a way to make fun of the crap that the media and society push on us.
10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?
One of our new songs: ‘She comes in waves’ or ‘Running out of dreams’, two sides of the same coin. Summer beats guaranteed to take you away. These are both inspired by last year’s adventures, trying to find moments of bliss amidst the chaos. Our favourite song would change every day, let’s be boring and say No Fun by the Stooges.
11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?
There’s a lot of exciting nights around town and many great talents to be found. The key is to be united and have a sense of community among bands, artists and DJ’s. We’re delighted to be part of this.musical landscape, looking forward to traveling around by inviting bands to a gig in our area and vice-versa, play festivals around the country.
12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?
Making a living in London while having enough time to do what we love and let it rock!
13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?
We rehearse every week, as for gigs, at least once a month. We once played 2 gigs in a day, that was a little crazy but fun. We’d play once or twice a week if we could. there’s nothing like playing live to get tight and hot as a band. We recorded two EP’s so far and we plan to capture the true essence of the band on tape in the very near future.
14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?
If you’re curious, the internet and social media make it real easy to find out where the action is, at least in terms of events. We only wish genuine artists who write and sing their own music would be represented more fairly in the media, but at least we don’t own TVs. New bands now do all the promotion themselves and pay Facebook and Spotify for sponsoring and getting their music out there. This is quite sickening when you think of the profits these companies make on behalf of artists works.
15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?
We like bands with a 60’s/70’s touch like Foxygen, Lemon Twigs and Public Access TV from across the pond. There’s some exciting bands around like Cabbage or Estrons, great shows.
16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?
It would have to be someone we get on well with, but the list could be long. It’d be intriguing to work with Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Tame Impala) he seems to be a sonic wizard. Abbey Road would be thrilling for obvious reasons, but if we could choose, why not go to a place like Sunset Sound in California? Absolutely everyone we love has worked there at some point. That, or a trip to the desert with Josh Homme.
17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?
We’re looking forward to experimenting and take our sound further, make new videos and have an album ready by the end of the year. We’ll be going on a tour in Italy at the beginning of March and we’re buzzing about it! Then we play at Le Beat Bespoke in London at Easter (April 2017). Ideally, we’ll continue to create and spread our music across the world and never feel old.
Free at last!
Main Site: eliphant.co.uk
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