Trunk and disorderly....
Elephant Memoirs, demo EP.
'Ate peanuts. Drank water. Charged some cheeky bugger that tried to nick my tusks. Trumpeted at that tosser buffalo from the watering hole that calls me Dumbo. Yeah, dude. Original'
As far as Elephant Memoirs go, thankfully this Gateshead trio is way better than my pure gorgonzola attempt at humour. It's been a long week...
John, Carl and Barry have been gigging round the Newcastle area for a while now, and have just put their demo EP on Soundcloud. Citing bands such as Pearl Jam, Weezer and Manic Street Preachers as their influences, and playing around with the idea that elephants never forget for their rather enigmatic band name, Elephant Memoirs was born when the band members reformed after spending a few years playing with different bands but fancied a new challenge - and to bring back the good old days. With new music to follow next year, along with more of John's snazzy artwork and a few high profile gigs, it's time to have a listen at what they have to offer.
First of the four tracks, Dirt is also one of the strongest and has a real driving rhythm coupled with meaningful lyrics such as 'once I've finished playing dead, I'll wipe the dirt from off my head, I'll dig up all the lilies and plant sunflowers instead'. I like the nod-along beat but it's the heavy bassline that really gets me. Remember, kids - if in doubt, more bass.
From the darkness of Dirt, Aim For The Faith has a much more upbeat tone and kinda sounds somewhere in between Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro. This is a summery, laid-back tune for lazy days, a proper grower. Followed with Hercules, the pounding beat is back again along with more cracking lyrics (about a protein-shake-swilling meathead by the sound of it). Building up to a bigger finish than the first two, what comes next is the brilliant Champion Of The Universe.
'They call me soft lad, freak, as I wield my mother's purse, but I'll smack the taste from your mouth when I'm the champion of the universe'
Another bass-laden offering, this is ballsy and catchy with in your face, did-you-just-spill-my-pint type lyrics delivered with just the right level of breathy urgency. It's not the loudest song, there are no riffs or sparkly bits, but there doesn't need to be. It's the rawness that sets this song apart.
This is a tight, accomplished demo by a band that are gaining momentum, with airplay from internet radio stations to BBC Introducing and heavy social media interaction. Fancy a listen? You can download the EP here for free. Like it? Tell them on Twitter or Facebook.