Sunday, 2 November 2014

ELEPHANT MEMOIRS - EP REVIEW

Elephant Memoirs - Elephant Memoirs 
Elephant Memoirs - Elephant Memoirs EP

Gateshead trio Elephant Memoirs (see what they've done there?) released this EP back in August but it's new to me and I thought it was worth bringing to your attention. There's an elemental rawness to these songs which, mixed with vocals in a regional accent, has drawn me in like the proverbial moth. Opening track 'Dirt' is full of nervous energy and itchy behaviour with a throbbing bass line, snapping drums and jumpy guitars in the back ground. Up next is 'Aim For The Faith' and has a touch of the Maximo Parks about it what with the choppy guitars and breathless vocals intermingling perfectly.

'Herecules' is probably the weakest track on the album with some slightly dirgy guitars and vocals a little too high and flat in the mix but there's still a punky edge which keeps you listening. The EP closes with a Billy Bragg-esque tune of folky-punk origins, 'Champion of the Universe', that is one of the select few songs I've ever heard to contain the word wanker in the lyrics. Elephant Memoirs are not the finished article and they need a little more polishing but there is something here worth polishing so keep an eye on them and maybe stick a cheeky each-way bet on them to be making some ripples this time next year.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/elephantmemoirs?fref=ts

Live Dates:

8th November - Dog & Parrot, Newcastle
15th November - Club Sandy, South Shields

22nd November - Lord Clyde, Byker w/Pretty Livid Imps

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