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The best kept secret in music


"Elephants: Giants in Lexington's Muisc Scene"

"[Elephants] radiate a thematic movement Bowie would be proud of."

" [Elephants song] Music Machine, [up coming 7"] features a danceable one-two stomp playfulness that documents the versatillity a mature band can muster."
"Elephants are a local delight not to be missed."

By Michael Powell - Nougat Magazine

"Elephants- Carver and The Rose Attic"

Imagine being displaced from your homeland, your credit cards canceled, your friends taken away, and your memories erased. Even the carefully ingrained childhood memory of your national anthem has been extracted from your brain. You'll need a national anthem if this happens. Trust me. And this is where The Elephants new record comes into the story. “Carver and The Rose Attic” is a record is full of anthems, which make me want to stand up and salute their flag. It represents something noble within the realm of the humanities.  It stands for craft and energy.


Okay, I didn’t want to bring science into this discussion, because frankly, I don’t know anything about science. But in my half-assed (learned off television) rendition of science, I conclude that melodies are the building blocks of life. Songs are made of melodies. Records made of songs, and so on. Those few bands who can engineer the best melodies can create the most life.  Lucky for you, the Elephants are very good at math and science. The rhythms are unpredictable and melodic and remind me of Navajo drum songs. The bass is innocent on the surface, but there seem to be some crafty logarithms up in there too. Admittedly, I don’t know what a logarithm is, but I am nearly certain it involves a complex formula.


 This brings me to the architect. Singer/songwriter Jason Zavala actually is an architecture student during the days. And at night, he puts all of his energy into building some of the best pop songs I’ve ever heard in Lexington. And they are catchy. I had these songs stuck in my head years before I even heard them. But that is not to say that they are obvious or predictable. Quite the opposite. The songs have elegant twists unlike some (ADD) Attention Deficit Disorder pop music, which simply assembles random, unrelated parts together. If you are looking for pop songs, which are intentionally on the edge of falling apart at times, and you like well recorded (Robert Schneider and Paul Puckett) live albums, I would suggest buying “Carver and The Rose Attic”. But don’t take my word for it (and I thought I could go without one pop culture reference).
BY Jeremy Midkiff - Nougat Magazine


No matter what anyone says, we all know that size does matter, but if it is any consolation, the Elephants should have no problems. In addition to their colossal name, their music is likely to leave an impression on your mind and boddy- the kind of impression that an elephant would make upon the ground: "butt-butt-butt-butt-butt- butter your bread, sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet-sweeten your tea," sings Jason Zavala on the opening track of the Elephants' [LP]. the stuttering if certain words in the song has a tendency to stick within your head, and you're likely to start singing the lyrics even when not listening to the music. This characteristic resonance is found throughout the Elephants' songs, The fourth track also carries this feature. One can sense the anguish when Zavala sings, "I'm just hoping that you might notice," followed by the repetition of "this should be love." Elephants' music has a ballad- like quality, to which you will find yourself mostly swaying back and forth,seduced by their lyrics. Nevertheless, even if you're normally only after power chords in your music, don't be afraid to give Elephants a listen. All you haave to do is open your mind and let loose,
By Donnie Johnson - Mule Magazine

"Killer Locale"

Their shit
had the kids raging!  Good times for all. Let's see here...Elephants! Elephants! Elephants! Every asshole I know is gaga over the Elephants brand of odd pop.  Not to complain, Jason Zavala can write the best
good feeling/sad song as well as make one hell of a Fajita hotdog. For those Lexingtonians who live in a hole, last -ish of Nougat had an article on the band as well as a review of their new 12" 45rpm EP (out now on Vulture). New recruits Ben Allen (guitar) and Sean Haezenbrouck (drums) flesh out the band, giving it a more dreamy yet refined sound. Got to see Jason and gang play at the Beaumont YMCA and at the Icehouse recently.  Both gigs were boss, landing somewhere in-between Bowie/ Echo and the Bunnymen and newer jams like a meatier Luna or a less corny Flaming Lips. - Lexington Project


Our first Gold Cassette was released on Baptistic Prant, ex-drummer and Warmer Milks founder Mike Turner’s local tape label. Vulture Records, another Lexington label, produced our 12" vinyl record Carver and The Rose Attic. Our friends Robert Schneider (Apples In Stereo) and Paul Puckett helped record the album. We quickly followed up Carver… with a 7” single, featuring the songs “Music Machine” (side A) and “Jesus” (side B), which was released on Paper Records, another local label.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Elephants live in Lexington, Kentucky, where we enjoy riding our bikes, staring up at the stars, sharing our food, and making music. We write songs filled with whimsy and pain, piss, vinegar and love. We don’t use a lot of fancy equipment or distracting effects, and we believe that if fashion is how you make a shirt, then tenderly is how you write a song.
Since the birth of our band in 2002, Elephants have toured throughout the Southeast, performing in Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and we play in New York for the CMJ Music Marathon 2005.