It may sound bold, but there is
no other way of describing this band.
Music is at its purest and
strongest when it feels free, dynamic and ever-evolving. In a time where music –
more often than not – is held back by electronic devices, set time-frames and
rigid song structures, it’s refreshing to witness the exact opposite.
The members of the group have a
strong history in bands like Bigbang, Shining, Motorpsycho and Supersilent, but
it’s within the constellation Elephant9 that these three musicians have been
given the ultimate playground to showcase their eclectic tastes and musical
Through Torstein Lofthus’
thunderous and hazardous drumming, bass player Nikolai Hængsle’s steady,
thumping timekeeping, keyboardist and organ player Ståle Storløkken’s rich and
uncompromising layers of sounds – they give you sounds and rhythm structures
that have made grown men and women cry and laugh in joy. Elephant9 find
inspiration in music that pushes the envelope, which has made music journalists
dig deep for fitting descriptions. The circular melodic themes of Tangerine
Dream have been mentioned, so has the blazing, phasing world of Jimi Hendrix.
And it doesn’t stop there. Other reviewers have name-dropped John Coltrane, Deep
Purple, Soft Machine, King Crimson and Fela Kuti – all artists who have in
common that they disregarded the rules and have stood the test of time as a
result of that. Still, Elephant9 feel no desire in being regarded as "retro”,
as they venture into a new chaotic time for music - where technology seems to
have made people abandon tired descriptions and references – with open arms.
The mix of their collective
preferences and unique musical abilities make Elephant9 stir up a unique, uncontrollable
and extrovert sound that aims to entertain and mesmerise its audience.
In other words – There are no good reasons to stay at
home this evening!