An amalgamation of heavy grooves, ambient dub and otherworldly sounds, Elephant Wrecking Ball transports listeners into familiar yet uncharted musical territories. A tight and disciplined drum and bass combo provide a ground shaking foundation on which an effect-laden trombone applies layers of ethereal mayhem, spinning audiences into a state of submission and head-nodding satisfaction. The word “unique” understates what awaits when you float into the aggressively nurturing, deliberately comic soundscape created by this Boston-born trio.
Elephant Wrecking Ball is the brainchild of Scott Flynn (Pretty Lights, John Brown’s Body) and his desire to make a monophonic, trombone-driven trio sound as big and dynamic as any other power trio. With powerhouse drum and bass duo Dan Africano (John Brown’s Body) and Neal “Fro” Evans (Dopapod, R.A.Q.), Flynn found the perfect fit. A wide variety of influences, ranging from heavy metal, punk rock, avant garde jazz and dub reggae, were melded into the innovative sound that took shape over three years, during breaks in their primary projects’ busy touring schedules. The trio‘s third recording and first full-length studio release, Barren Serenade, came out on Ropeadope Records in the Summer of 2014. A grounded sense of discipline and integrity, coupled with exuberant and joyful exploration, experimentation, passion and expression permeates both the recordings and the live performances.
Elephant Wrecking Ball’s music matches its name in the sense that the rhythm the trio creates stomps around with strength and aplomb. On the other hand, it’s so precise the band could have called itself something like Surgical Knife.
– Daily Camera // Boulder, CO
Accosting and deliberate, Elephant Wrecking Ball is something fresh.
– Performer Magazine
Barren Serenade often seems like it’s teetering off into an abyss, but always stays tied together with calculated fusion and progressive skill.
… inter-stellar tunes which reach beyond the means of reasonable music imagination.
An engine room oiled up with jazz, funk, dub, and the outer cosmos.
– My Secret Boston
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