Elephant Band

Elephant Band

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Elephant Band consists of Patrick Rhéal, Eric Soini and Vincent Therrien. They’ve been performing music together since the early 90's. All three artists take part in the songwriting. Their sound can be described as an eclectic mix of styles, combining the best elements of rock, folk, and pop.

Biography

A Northern Ontario music scene staple since 1997, Elephant Band has released two full-length CDs, "Autobus" (June 1998) and "Lessons in Songwriting (April 2002), as well as a CD single "The London EP" (December 2001) and is the most promising musical contribution from Sudbury, Ontario to date.

Elephant Band consists of Patrick Rhéal (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Eric Soini (drums, vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Vincent Therrien (vocals, bass, guitar). Patrick Rhéal and Vincent Therrien have been writing and performing music together since the early 90's, and Eric Soini, a welcomed addition to the band, joined in 1996.

All three artists take part in the songwriting, both lyrically and musically. P. Rhéal's intrepid approach to songwriting with experimental sounds and nostalgic themes adds honesty to their music. The single "Ruth", which garnishes "The London EP", is Therrien's personal contribution, citing Shakespeare and George Jones as influences and inspiration. Soini's exceptional vocals and percussion skills round out the trio, adding to the ever-escalating complement of well-crafted songs.

Released on Barcode Records in April of 2002, the Elephant Band's Lessons in Songwriting is the result of the band being together for so long, all-the-while continuing to enjoy the simple art of writing songs. The new album has a much more definitive "sound" to it, which Patrick describes as "progressive pop".

The Vince EP, the latest offering from the band, finds Vincent exploring his vocal prowess on 4 new songs dealing with themes of friends, families and long-distance relationships. Recorded sporadically over the summer of 2004 at Easter Island Studio, The Vince EP marks a new chapter in the Elephant Band's evolution.

But with so much change and growth in their lives, it wasn't long before the band headed back into the studio with a new batch of songs. Currently hard at work with long-time friend and producer Billy Bruhmuller at his Easter Island Studio, the Elephant Band are hoping to release an album later this year.

Lyrics

Failure

Written By: Eric Soini

Suddenly, the t.v. stopped.
I was stunned. I was shocked.
I lit a candle in the room. All was dark. All was gloom.

I sat alone and began a thought and realised that I’m not happy.

I missed a lot and felt regret. I hadn’t done what I wanted to do.

I’m still alone. The t.v.’s off.
There’s no one here to feel (or hear) me breathe.

The candle’s dead and so am I. It’s how I feel - it’s who I am.

I sat alone and began a thought and realised that I’m not happy.
I missed a lot and felt regret. I hadn’t done what I wanted to do.

I sat alone and began a thought and realised that I’m not happy.
I missed a lot and felt regret. I hadn’t done what I wanted to do.

Ruth

Written By: Vincent Therrien

RUTH, I met you yesterday
At work or was it play?
Who knew I'd see again?

Was it faith or chance?
Or just coincidence?
I tend to make floods out of rain.

A lady read my tea
She said that we would meet.

Ruth, you noticed my tattoo
And music you played too
Piano and exotic flutes

I knew on the day we met,
That I would have to say goodbye
To a lovely friend
So that we could begin

RUTH, I spoke with her last night
She did not take it light
And it's weighing heavy on my brain.

We spoke again today,
Her pain won't go away.
She won't eat,
And she can't help but cry.

I'm trying to explain
That it's over and I'm to blame.
But, beginning is us, you, and I.

I knew on the day we met,
That I would have to say goodbye
To a lovely friend
So that we could begin

* But losing her is losing me

RUTH, a week has since gone by
I call and there's no reply.
Will I ever see you again?

Just give me a chance,
It's not just coincidence.
Don't leave me here out in the rain.

Could we sometime meet?
Just to have some tea?

RUTH, I bought you a diamond ring,
You won't accept a thing.

I got a new tattoo
Bold letters that spell RUTH.

Received From You Today

Written By: Vincent Therrien

Received a letter from you 2day
A bunch of words then sign your name
Nice gesture but I still feel the same
And how I wish you were here instead

Received a call from you 2day
Your voice is clear but not worth the wage
We say the words, we hear the sounds
It's not the same as when you're around

Oh! So all alone, can't build a home on letters and calls
These kilometers will drive my cards into the ground

Received a visit from you 2day
You sneak a kiss then you're on your way
It's at the point when you no longer cry
And our last words are always "bye" and "bye"

Oh! So all alone, can't build a home on letters and calls
These kilometers will drive your car into the ground

Discography

Autobus - 1998 (LP):

-charted #1 at numerous College/University stations in Canada
-songs received airplay on Canadian local Corporate Rock stations as well as College/University stations throughout Canada.

London EP - 2000 (EP):

-single "Ruth" received substantial airplay on Sudbury College/University Radio station.

Lessons in Songwriting - 2002 (LP):

-charted at #1 on Laurentian University Radio and in the Top Ten at various other Colleges/Universities throughout Canada

the vince ep - 2004 (EP)

-charted at #1 on Laurentian University's CKLU
-After finding it's way into the hands of various promoters, the songs on the vince ep garnered enough attention to land them an opening slot for Kim Mitchell in August of 2004.

Set List

Set can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours if required. Vast repertoire of original songs as well as covers if they are requested.

Typical set list of originals includes:

-Received From You Today
-Not For Radio
-Can't Buy Her Love
-So Good 2 C U
-Baby Girlfriend
-Failure
-MIR
-Don't Bother (Still Yawning)
-Ruth
-I Wouldn't Leave You (I Love You)
-I Will You
-Like a Bus
-Mercury
-Bought the Sky
-Contagious Yawn
-2 B My Hero

Covers include songs by: Prince, The Police, Weezer, Beastie Boys, Elvis Costello, etc...