Bent By Elephants

Bent By Elephants

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN

By Elephants' stylistic influences yield a unique, complex, and compelling sound.


Bent By Elephants is an orchestral folk-pop six-piece from Montreal, a group drawn together by a mutual love for collaborative music making and an appreciation for distinctive style. Since the band's inception in 2008, they have drawn significant crowds across Canada, and developed a devoted a fan-base from a strata of different backgrounds.

Described as “Postmodern Billie Holiday blues" (Globe and Mail), Their unique sound yielded collaborations and performances with many of Montreal's musicians (Leif Vollebekk, Braids,Charlotte Cornfield, half moon run).

Bent By Elephants have played packed shows at festivals like the Hillside Festival, POP Montreal, and NxNE, and have shared the stage with members of Attack in Black, Caribou, Cotton Jones and many more. While the band's base is growing, their performance is entirely about a connection to its audience, and whether that be one person or one thousand, their shows saturate the space with unique and vibrant energy. Most members were trained in classical performance, but broke away from traditional structures through improvisation. After meeting, Chesley Walsh, the band's singer, the group cohered as a collaborative and well-trained group of musicians with blues-folk aspirations.

This is Water, Bent By Elephants’ debut LP, was created in Montreal's Breakglass Studios with the help of engineer Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade, Land of Talk, the Besnard Lakes). It was released in the summer of 2010, and has met with unrestrained praise from audiences and reviewers alike, received airtime on stations across Canada and has been featured on CBC Radio. Recently their song "Can't Have You" was featured on the program Degrassi: The Next Generation, and received notable attention from viewers across North America.

The live presence of the band has a raw and transparent energy, and various influences take aim to create rhythmic folk with warm blues inspired harmonies and orchestral layering. Their live shows have sparked interest across North America, and they will be touring extensively in the summer of 2011.



Saskatchewan Pool

Written By: Chesley Walsh

And the road leads you down from here
Far away from the bramble clear
And I called to you from my heart
Making marks

And we swim in the muddy pool
Watched some kids in an old canoe
I carved your name deep into this bark
Making marks

How high can you go?

And we swim in the muddy pool
Watched some kids in an old canoe
Carved your name deep into this bark
Making marks


- This is Water, LP recorded at Breakglass Studios by Jace Lasek, released Spring 2010

-"Cant Have You" will be featured in 2011 season of Degrassi
-"Sask. Pool" and "wrecker in the dark" featured in Robanzo pictures' "Kenneyville," released Fall 2010

Set List

We do all original material.

Typical set, 45 minutes-1 hour