The Constellations, Southern Gothic is a meandering tour of the underbelly of Atlanta, lead by Elijah Jones' gruff delivery and parabolic lyrics. Lush production invokes the muscular rhythms of '70s Fela Kuti, the pop sensibility of the Gorillaz, and the vocals of a modern day Tom Waits.
Dubbed an Atlanta supergroup by locals, The Constellations officially formed when vocalist Elijah Jones teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley) to create Southern Gothic. Jones and Allen tossed ideas around for two years before finally recording. Now the band and its ever-changing line-up of Atlanta musicians is playing sold out shows in Atlanta’s most popular venues, from the Earl, Star Bar, Lenny’s, the Drunken Unicorn, and even Athens’ the 40 Watt.
Recorded at Maze Studios, Southern Gothic (2008) is a meandering tour of the underbelly of Atlanta, lead by Jones’ gruff delivery and parabolic lyrics. Lush production invokes the muscular rhythms of ‘70s Fela Kuti, the propelling pop sensibility of the Gorillaz and the vocals of a modern-day Tom Waits. Cee Lo of Gnarls Barkley and newly signed SRC artist Asher Roth are featured on the album, with a revision of Tom Waits’ “Step Right Up” as a centerpiece. Also on the album are Atlanta musicians Brad Hagen (Trances Arc) and Julian Dorio (The Whigs).
The Constellations live show consists of a five-man band backing Jones’ trademark vocals and persona: James Arnold, Ryan Davis, Jamie Gordon, Wes Hoffman (Second Shift), and Chandler Rentz (Snowden, Ocha la Rocha). A crowd-pleasing, all-girl “Clap Squad” covers back-up vocals and completes the spectacle. The band plays locally monthly and will begin touring nationally this summer.
Southern Gothic (released 08/08)
Love is A Murder (feat. Cee-lo Green)
We're Here to Save the Day (Feat Asher Roth)
Love is A Murder
We're Here to Save the Day
Step Right Up
On My Way Up
Waiting for My Man (Velvet Underground cover)