Seattle, Washington, USA

Elba makes a stubbornly unclassifiable brand of indie rock that encompasses a huge array of styles, from angular post-punk to pillow-soft folk to jittery laptop pop. Elba is an encapsulation of the current indie scene at large, a symptom of sprawling record collections.


After spending 2010 playing shows and promoting their "Don't Be Discouraged, Little Sparrow" LP, Seattle's Elba return with the 5 song "Diplodocus" EP.

Recorded with engineer Graig Markel (Head Like A Kite, Transmissionary Six, Tiny Vipers), "Diplodocus" finds Elba further establishing their ability to fuse catchy, three minute pop songs with surprising dynamics and unconventional song structures. A bit more stripped down than previous recordings, this EP tries to capture Elba as they sound in a live setting. Adding depth to the songs are backup vocals from Daniel G Harmann (Daniel G Harmann and the Trouble Starts) as well as vocals and cello from Graig Markel (The Animals at Night).

Since releasing debut LP "An Avalanche" in 2008, Elba has established themselves as a Seattle band to watch. The debut received rotation airplay on KEXP 90.3, Demo of the Week on 107.7 The End's Local's Only, and gained the attention of Seattle's The Stranger. The follow up, "Don't Be Discouraged, Little Sparrow" also received rotation airplay on KEXP as well as multiple college radio stations down the west coast.

So far, the lead off title track from "Diplodocus" has been played on 107.7 The End's Locals Only and is featured on a compilation from Portland, OR label Tender Loving Empire titled "Friends and Friends of Friends Vol.3".

Recording for the next Elba full length begins in November of 2010 with engineer Graig Markel at Seattle's Recovery Room

Elba has been featured on KEXP's Music That Matters podcasts Vol. 26 and Vol. 177, most recently in December 2009.

Elba has also received airplay on :

WMBR 88.1 (Cambridge, MA)
KALX Berkeley 90.7 (Berkeley, CA)
KUCI 88.9fm (Irvine, CA)
KEXP New York 91.5
KDVS 90.3 (Davis, CA)
KZSU 90.1 (Stanford, CA)
KUCR 88.3 (Riverside, CA)

and has been written about by:

Seattle's The Stranger
The Seattle Weekly
Portland's The Mercury
Jack Rabid's Big Takeover
Loudvine.com (Los Angeles)


Diplodocus EP - 2010

Tender Loving Empire's "Friends and Friends of Friends" Vol 3 - 2010

Don't Be Discouraged Little Sparrow LP - 2009

An Avalanche LP - 2008

Tour EP - 2007

Elba EP - 2005

Set List

Current setlist -

Songs vary - between 8 and 11. Sets are usually between 30-40 minutes.