People Like You
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People Like You

Portsmouth, NH | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Portsmouth, NH
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Folk Psychedelic

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People Like You is music by the people for the people. Combining their psychedelic alt-rock madness and gypsy-folk mischief with curious vocal/lyrical content and bizarre pop sensibilities, the sound is charismatic, inspired, a bit haunting, kooky, and captivating. It is strange, yet familiar like a new friend you swear you've known all of your life. It's the kind of thing that'll kick your brain, rattle your bones, drop your jaw, tickle your fancy, turn your head and make you say, "Huh... I can get down with that." The shows are amusing to say the least and an open invitation for everyday people, the straights, the freakers, and the funkies to get in on it, get weird, have a ball, and be a part of it all, giving light to the name People Like You. 

Reality distorting stage antics and offhand chitchat that tugs at your head and heart strings will at times leave the audience at a loss for words, until a whimsically solicited crowd interaction or an unpredictably seamless transition back into the music breaks the silence. Their freaky, folksy songs can take a trip anywhere at any time, bending and breaking genres along the way. The singer/songwriter tandem of Eli Elkus and Andrew Polakow is what psychedelic babies are made of. The two writers compliment one another so effortlessly, at times it is difficult to tell who is writing (or singing) what. It is so uncanny, they are often mistaken for brothers (Elkus' brother is in the band, but it is drummer Max Elkus). The arrangements, groove changes, and melodic components of the songs are so intriguing it is sensibly easy to overlook the anomalous lyricism that is the nucleus of the two wordsmiths' psychedelic brain-child. If you can, in the midst of dancing the heels off your shoes to Max's jazz-driven grooves, feeling the colors of Rob Littlefield's bass rumble your stomach, the ivory of Justin Sheriff's keys tickle your ears, and the banter between Andrew's atypical electric guitar tonalities and Eli's flamenco-esque barehanded rhythms, do yourself a favor and lend an ear (or two... or three!) to the words that are being sung. 

No matter the venue, be it a backyard or a barroom, the music makes the people move. People Like You keeps people on their toes and noggins nodding from the first beat to the last. One does not observe a People Like You show, by attending, you become part of it. This animated band of troubadours is taking their "freak folk" sound and reinventing the live show experience as we know it and the people are coming out of the woodwork to see what the hullabaloo is all about as the band is quickly gaining a cult-like following of People People. And for once, it truly is about the people... as they say at most every show, "We're just People Like You!" It's a family thing. 

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