Elephant

Elephant

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Elephants are grey. Elephant is not a colour

Biography

ELEPHANT dream big. Much like the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and your kid sister's fascination with Hannah Montana, when we're young we all want to believe in something bigger than ourselves. This isn't a bad thing. Most of us grow old, realize Santa Claus is just another name for your Dad on December 25th, the Easter bunny is a figment of your imagination, and the Tooth Fairy's castle of teeth probably smells kind of gross.

But for Matthew MacInnis, the lead singer of Toronto's ELEPHANT, those imaginative dreams never really faded out. It's what makes the band's experimental indie rock so limitless. In fact, on ELEPHANT's debut album The Violet Hour, you can hear the animated front man still struggling to reconcile his despair over social apathy with his own romantic optimism. Working passionately with Brett Watterton (lead guitar), Daniel Tal (bass, keys, laptop) and Ian Kennedy (drums, back-up vocals), he manages to maintain a youthful exuberance that bursts through each song. Just hear the lush electronica-tinged soundscapes on "We Need to Rethink This", or the epic chaos on the catchy-as-heck "Space & Time", and you'll see these guys write music with the same kind of wide-eyed enthusiasm as a kid standing at the front gates of Canada's Wonderland on the first day it opens up for the season.

And sure, the ideas on The Violet Hour are a hell of a lot bigger than your kid sister could ever imagine. MacInnis, an audiologist (ear doctor) by day, revels in the irony of playing in a live band and blasting rock music into peoples' ears by night. Some may say it's a brilliant marketing ploy, but anyone who has had a conversation with the fun loving front man knows it's a simple coincidence. Then there's Tal, who spends most of his time juggling band priorities while completing a bachelor's degree at York University. Watterton may be charmingly shy, but on stage holds nothing back as he leads the band through monster melodies, and whose mean accordion skills came in handy while recording The Violet Hour (hear the eloquent closing track "Hope to the End"). Kennedy's eager obsession shines through on stage, and he can probably track his super tight drumming skills to a fascination with early 90's hardcore.

Together, they are ELEPHANT. And after signing to Nevado Records in January just in time to release the Violet Hour to stores across Canada on July 15th, it's quite possible they are ready to take over the current landscape of indie rock music, and hopefully receive the praise they so well deserve.

Lyrics

Space and Time

Written By: Elephant

You’d forfeit your anger, would you?
A common love is all we ask.
You’ll fall alone.

These days are much darker here now
The weight of one hundred thousand more
Life will fade.

Would you take time if you had time?
Or fly away all?
Would you take time if you had time?
Or fly away your heart?
Would you take time if you had time?
Or fly away all?
Would you take time if you had time?
Or fly away your heart?

Alive and taken daily
What of the score your father knew
All has past

Your spores have blown between them
Sleepless nights and senseless fear
Life will fade

You’d forfeit your anger, would you?
A common love is all we ask.
You’ll fall alone.

Would you take time if you had time?
Or fly away all?
(You’ll find me in the shadow)
Would you take time if you had time?
Or fly away your heart?
Would you take time if you had time?
Or fly away all?
(You’ll find me in the shadow)
Would you take time if you had time?
Or fly away your heart?

How do stand with those that you claim that you love in space and time?

Colour Your Frailty

Written By: Elephant

Silent life
The whole world was quiet tonight.
She sat alone
To resonate her ancient cry.
She would try
To hold her own head high.

Colour your frailty
Colour your courage
Colour her whole world now

Could you take the time
Forgetting that I ever cared.
Would you follow this
Or is something that you would even miss.
Understand
The complex ending never really ends.
Reaching out for hands
Finding her within her silent land.
Still my love
And listen closer.

Courage my love
Courage my love
Courage in your heart again

Courage my love
Courage my love
Courage in your heart again

Sign of life
The whole world was hostile tonight.
She’d fade away
But traces would remain.
Fade away
But musings would remain.

We Need To Rethink This

Written By: Elephant

Yeah! We won't settle for this
(Your faded plastic toys)
You talk talk talk but what's meaningful
(We've crumbled, we've paid, we're hollow, and we want more)
Some more water to help you take the pain away
And leave it for myself someday
Could you ever really know

We need to rethink this.
We need to rethink this.
We need to rethink this.
We need to rethink this.

Your heart gave into greed with your
Apocalypse of trees
Can you justify the way you've run?
And can you overcome this loss
That's plaguing us right now?
Or would you hideout underground
And complicate the lie?

(Yeah! We won't settle for less)
If this is it then I want out
(We need to rethink this. Yeah! We won't settle for less)
I this is it then I would throw my self away and turn around

You'll call through the shadow no more
But what are you calling for?
(Forgive yourself for falling asleep)
Would you ever follow hearts that open up your eyes
(Alarms go off so open up your eyes now)
(You're deep) Right now
(Be still) We walk
We're willing and able to wash it all clean
It's what keeps us hanging on for more

We need to rethink this.
We need to rethink this.
We need to rethink this.
We need to rethink this.

If this is it then I want out
I this is it then I would throw my self away and turn around

Discography

The Violet Hour -- July 2008

Set List

30 to 45 min to accommodate slot