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"The term 'Wall of Sound' has been used by a friend of mine to describe bands like this. It amply applies here... This is one of those rare acts that puts music back where it should be- in the soul. An elysian sex drive show is an unforgettable experience." Richard Boswell, "The Beenie Weenies"
"In my 20 years in this business, I have never seen or heard a group who plays with as much heartfelt passion. This band is as good as it gets, and believe me, I've seen A LOT!" -Doug Ollis, keyboardest for Alabama & Director of marketing for Cook Sound Studios
"Esd's exciting and innovative music has captivated my customers for seven years. When they take the stage, their energy and ethusiasm lights up the club." -George Generoso, Owner Five O Clock Club
Elysian sex drive exploded into the Sarasota music scene in 1993. The dynamic duo-DeLaran on guitar(s) and vocals, Claire Franklin on drums were together 2 weeks when their first gig in Washington, DC was booked. Scrambling to get enough material (and gas money) together, to be a part of history, (the March on Washington)-they dedicated all their waking hours-sleeping very little- to these ends. Upon their return, Sarasota was buzzing with excitement about the new kids in town-"the girl band who ROCKS!" ESD became pioneers in the Sarasota music and social scene, creating an opening for other artists.
The band was formed with the hope and intent of being a part of and precipitating a social and spiritual revolution. A movement toward peace. DeLaran's tribal vision of the band and its music is a powerful invocation of the human spirit, with songs like "Wake!" and "(The Answer is) Why". The dynamics of the music are a reflection of life-its unpredictability, its brilliance and silliness, its beautiful tragedies, its aloneness and its oneness.
Stirring the Soup of the Soul:
Joining the band later in 1993 was vocalist Kat White Star and percussionist Pam Fetterman. The now two distinctive vocals of the band (DeLaran & Kat) create a synergy of silky erotic textures that lifts and inspires audiences and signifies the band's unique sound.
As a tribe and band we grew to what now numbers 6 of us. Evan Katz joined esd on bass in 2002 and Lova Michelle on keys, guitar and vocals in 2006, both expanding the sound and creative dimensions of the band. This month (April 2012) Evan Katz is retiring as our bass player and we welcome in the new energy and musicianship of Bri Hays on bass and guitar.
Fast forward to 2010-11: THIS BAND HAS STARTED A LOCAL REVOLUTION! Spearheading the revitalization of the local music scene in Sarasota, Elysian Sex Drive's members are responsible for creating a double disc compilation of 38 local artists called Noise Ordinance that has changed the face of Sarasota's local scene from Underground to IN YOUR FACE! Following the great success of Noise Ordinance 1, we produced Noise Ordinance 2, released April 23, 2011. We are on both compilations and are currently working on Noise Ordinance 3- 2012.
We are currently in the studio recording a new album with a release date in 2012. We have released a 4 song EP of songs expected to be on this album: Accelerator, Human Sea, Like Artists Do, and Reverie.
The more complex comings and goings of esd will have to be saved for the movie...
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DeLaran - Singer/Songwriter, Lead Vocal, Sequencing, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Kat White Star - Lead & Backup Vocals
Lova Michelle - Backing Vocals, keyboards, Sequencing, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Pamela Fetterman - Backing Vocals, Percussion, bongos, Djembe, Congas, Shakers
Claire Franklin - Backing Vocals, Percussion, Drum Kit, drum pads
Evan Katz - Bass
Live at the Five O- live CD 1999
A Note to the Alchemist- studio CD May 3, 2008
4 Ep's in between
New 4 song EP released 2012
Upcoming album release planned 2012
“Sarapalooza”: 35 bands celebrate the release of the Sarasota music scene comp Noise Ordinance at the Cock & Bull
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Claire Franklin [drummer for the band Elysian Sex Drive]first came up with idea of producing a compi...Claire Franklin [drummer for the band Elysian Sex Drive]first came up with idea of producing a compilation documenting the current Sarasota music scene while vacationing in California, musing about all the talented bands and artists that are making this one of the most exciting eras in Suncoast music. But even she was shocked at the number of quality artists that stepped forward to contribute to the album once she made her idea public. A one-disc comp quickly grew into a two-disc one. “I knew it was going to be big, but it’s even bigger than I would have thought,” Franklin says. “I’m still getting bands coming up to me, saying, ‘Ah, I didn’t know about it.’ I could have done four CDs.”
Franklin just had three rules while picking tracks: You have to be from the 941, you have to play live shows and you have to play original tunes. The final tracklist runs 38 songs long, and 35 artists perform this Saturday as part of an all-day compilation release party at the Cock & Bull Pub.
The momentum behind the comp and the party took on a life of its own. Local musician and artist Greg Ferris, who plays in The Equines, remembers discussing the idea with Franklin: “She ran it by me — a skeleton of the logistics — and I was like, ‘Yeah, I guess it could work.’ And then it just kind of started happening.” Ferris designed all the artwork for the album — which would eventually take the name Noise Ordinance, after a Facebook post soliciting name help — and the record label run by the collective Ferris is a part of (Finch House Records) is officially releasing the LP. The Equines also cut a new track for the compilation, “Emily Says,” which kicks the whole thing off.
Franklin says the collaborative nature of the release reflects the supportive community that local musicians have built. “Everybody’s working together,” she says, “to try to build a scene, to try to share information and book each other and take each other out of town. There’s a camaraderie happening within the original scene.”
With that companionship also comes an increasing level of professionalism. “I’m actually older than the majority of all the band members,” says Eddie Midler, the optical director at Eye Center South and a major organizer behind the CD and the party, “but what I’m seeing is the band members are younger, but a lot of them are professional. They’re not hardcore punk bands; they’re not rowdy and doing drugs on the street. They’re doing their art and they love what they want to do, and that’s why I got involved, because I wanted to help see the artists get their art on the street.”
“I’ve lived here 18 years,” Midler adds, “and I’ve never seen this kind of response.” Franklin, who has been a part of the Sarasota music scene for over a decade, says it all stems from the talent, and thinks government leadership needs to get behind it. The name Noise Ordinance wasn’t a political choice, but it’s become one, as Franklin has had to battle county authorities to make sure they won’t get ticketed this Saturday. “Maybe there’s a way that we can make it work a little better for everybody,” Franklin says. “We don’t want to cause a mass disturbance, but then again we want to be able to play. And maybe that’s what this disc is all about. Show the community, ‘Look what we have here, people. We need to nurture this. This is a special thing.’”
"All Together Now!"
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"The band's sound can't be pigeonholed. Often...intense, Elysian has no trouble playing a traditiona..."The band's sound can't be pigeonholed. Often...intense, Elysian has no trouble playing a traditional rock venue like the Five O' Clock Club. (With her outrageously skinny torso...DeLaran is a compelling presence on stage, jumping and stomping when she's on guitar and gyrating wildly when she's not.) Funky as well, the band could easily fit into any area night club. And the night I caught them at Metro, they won over the audience who had presumably come for the relaxed coffeehouse vibe."
45 - 70 minute sets
3. Sister Blue
4. Like Artists Do
5. When Love Comes
6. Tempest in the "G" Spot
7. Human Sea
8. Wool and Cashmere
Covers: We like to lightly pepper our performances with covers such as: a funked up version of When Doves Cry (Prince), She Sells Sanctuary (the Cult), Shakin the Tree (Peter Gabriel), an all drum version of Iko Iko with a throw back to old skool, Angel From Montgomery (John Prine), Wild Horses (Rolling Stones),
There are no upcoming dates at this time.