ELEVATION

ELEVATION

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Some music is meant to be epic, cinematic and sweeping; connecting to listeners across a broad spectrum of tastes and lifting them up out of the usual. Elevation is that kind of music; Rock and roll in the most classic sense of the word. Atlanta's Elevation plays to the panoramic, with a sound vast and timeless. With soaring rock at its core, the music also teases the boundaries of genre. The result is a sound big enough to fill an arena, and raw enough to put a shake in any hipster's step.

Biography

Management Contact: mike.regan@hiredgunmanagement.com

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Some music is meant to be epic, cinematic and sweeping; connecting to listeners across a broad spectrum of tastes and lifting them up out of the usual. Elevation is that kind of music; Rock and roll in the most classic sense of the word. Atlanta's Elevation plays to the panoramic, with a sound vast and timeless. With soaring rock at its core, the music also teases the boundaries of genre. The result is a sound big enough to fill an arena, and raw enough to put a shake in any hipster's step.

ELEVATION released their debut record “Strangelove” in April 2008, which was produced by Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra) and mastered by Grammy-award winning engineer Adam Ayan (Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones). The first single from that release, “Razoreyes” was remixed by Mark Endert (Maroon 5, Augustana). Shortly thereafter, ELEVATION released their debut music video for the same song, which was co-directed by the band's Nathan Smith and starred fashion-icon Kimberly Stewart. Quickly garnering over 100,000 views on YouTube, the video launched ELEVATION into the entertainment media spotlight. MTVu featured the video on their popular Freshmen video contest where it took the top honor with an unprecedented number of fan votes, which landed the video in regular rotation on MTVu. Additionally, the video aired nationally in promotion of the ACC Basketball Finals.

Touring nationally and performing with the likes Third Eye Blind, Manchester Orchestra, Everclear, and others, ELEVATION has developed a strong national presence. In 2008, ELEVATION joined with Armed Forces Entertainment to do a month-long concert tour for coalition forces across the Middle East region in countries such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain.

In early 2009, indie music blog musicmatch.com dubbed ELEVATION one of the top bands to look out for '09. On the heels of those words, ELEVATION wasted no time living up to the press. Thefrontloader.com wrote about Strangelove, “It’s loud, it’s big, it’s rockin’, it’s emotional, and it’s really, really, catchy.”

ELEVATION was ready to begin their second LP in the summer of 2010. Not wanting to work through traditional studio sessions, the band decided to self-produce their second LP in a studio they built from the ground up in a warehouse in East Atlanta. From the start, the band decided that the record would be completely self-produced. As Nathan states, “We've all been through the traditional studio process many times. For me, there has never been a time when everyone is completely comfortable. We knew we could produce and engineer the record on our own, but wanted a place that was ours, decorated by us and built for our needs.” Andrew Averso on the album: “The songs really embody the process of making this record and emotions that have been welling up in all of us during the last year or so.”

The resulting product, “Hell or High Water” was produced exclusively by ELEVATION, mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Matchbox Twenty, Jack's Mannequin) and mastered by Jeff Litpon (Arcade Fire, Wilco, LCD Soundsystem). Nathan Smith acted as the album's executive producer.

“Hell or High Water” was released in the US on June 7, 2011.

ELEVATION is Nathan Smith (Vocals), Andrew Aversion (Lead Guitar), Anthony Pasqualone (Guitar), Nick Whitson (Bass) and Stephen Bailey (Drums).

Lyrics

Still Alive

Written By: ELEVATION

Verse 1
I would get lost in the daylight
cause I was blinded by that shine
I would have sold my soul for a second night
for a dollar show
and your lips on mine
But she said baby I'm a current
Take one ride and I'll throw you off
She said baby it was alright
But I gotta know if you gotta go

Chorus
If this is what you wanted
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I'm falling down like you knew I would
This is what you wanted
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I'm wounded but I'm still alive

Verse 2
I remember the spark in the moonlight
cause I was blinded by that shine
and center-fold legs that led to a night of sin
but the bitterness is a bitter-end
But she said baby if it feels right
one more night and I'll set you off
She said baby it was alright
But I gotta know if you gotta go

Chorus
If this is what you wanted
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I'm falling down like you knew I would
This is what you wanted
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I'm wounded but I'm still alive

Bridge
You know what you do to my heart
I got the heart to love ya
but you gotta a cold cold heart
I got the heart to love ya
But you gotta go
you gotta go baby

Chorus
This is what you wanted
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
I'm falling down like you knew I would
This is what you wanted
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
I'm wounded but I'm still alive

L-Train

Written By: ELEVATION

Verse 1
Please stop for a minute while I catch my breath
We've been running all night staying high
looking anywhere for love
But this place never sleeps so you gotta wake up
And we'll go night crawling while the city takes us
I can do it I can make it I can be your sun
higher in your universe than all the other ones
And we're on top of the world
and we have found our wings
so let the Avenues light our way
I am ready for you if you're ready for me

Prechorus
I'm a rough rough diamond but I cut
I'm a loose loose cannon but I know that's what you want
Tonight this city will hear from us
Like a runaway train at the terminus

Chorus
Everybody needs a miracle
Cause everybody's got the fever
And I'm oh so sick for you
Everybody needs believers
and I believe you
I believe we
Just fell in love on the L-train

Verse 2
So let it in, let it out, let it at your soul
There's a riot in the dark side of your mind
about to take control
And if they want an end they better come down
better stop us now
We're gonna rip it down
while the flame burns on
like the lady on the waterfront's leading us home

Prechorus
I'm a rough rough diamond but I still cut
I'm a loose loose cannon but I know that's what you want
Tonight this city belongs to us
I don't know what to say
so I'll say it's true
Like a beatnik rebel with the word of God

Chorus
Everybody needs a miracle
Cause everybody's got the fever
And I'm oh so sick for you
Everybody needs believers
and I believe you
I believe we
Just fell in love on the L-train

Bridge
New York, New York lights your heart up
Underground, going down
drink from my cup
take a hit, take a hit
you never ever ever felt like this
Feed your fears and breathe the atmosphere
And maybe one day
maybe one day
we can stay here
And maybe one day
maybe one day
I can make enough cash
And maybe one day
maybe one day
we can stay here
And maybe one day
maybe one day

Chorus
Everybody needs a miracle
Cause everybody's got the fever
And I'm oh so sick for you
Everybody needs believers
and I believe you
I believe we
Just fell in love on the L-train

Borderline

Written By: ELEVATION

Verse 1
Nothing's ever black and white
I know it's wrong but I don't care tonight
Cause you've got desire
and I wanna feed
I don't know what brought me here
I had to drown the ringing in my ear
I'll take your desire
if you take my fear

Chorus
Lay me down tonight
and hope that we're together in the morning
Villains sleep across the borderline
Stay with me tonight
and hope that there's new light in the morning
Take warning across the borderline

Verse 2
On 17 and Peachtree Street
I don't know why I got you here with me
and your lips on my lips
and curious fingertips
You're here but I'm alone
I'm alone but I'm alive
touch me I'm ready
ready let's go

Chorus
Lay me down tonight
and hope that we're together in the morning
Villains sleep across the borderline
Stay with me tonight
and hope that there's new light in the morning
Take warning across the borderline

Bridge
Here we go across the line
here we go
Here we go across the borderline

Chorus
Oh won't you
Lay me down tonight
and hope that we're together in the morning
Villains sleep across the borderline
Oh please girl won't you stay with me tonight
and hope that there's new light in the morning
Take warning across the borderline

Discography

Hell or High Water (2011)
Strangelove (2008)