Tuesday, 26 February 2013

We're Only Here For The Banter - Garden Of Elks

Garden Of Elks seem to have came from nowhere, at least on my musical landscape anyway.  The three piece first appeared on my periphial in January, when they played Song By Toad's Bad Fun with The Yawns and Plastic Animals (we tried to bag them for our January gig but alas t'was not to be.  Watch this space, we'll get them!).  This was followed by a lovely email a few weeks ago containing their new single 'Floaty'.  The band are right up my street musically, and hopefully yours too!  Have a swatch at what they are all about.

Hello, how are you?

Us Elks are healthy and moist at the moment.

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

Our music strives to be energetic and upbeat, but we can't help having twisted subject matter sometimes.  Childhood features quite a lot and the world of celebs (new single 'Floaty' imagines Kate Bush as a witch!)  All three of us have pretty different influences so it ranges from Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Black Flag to Bleeding Rainbow and 134 others I wont list here!  Output wise we are totally influenced by the likes of Ty Segall and are aiming to have a constant flow of ripping records out over the next 16.5 months.

What's your song writing process like?

This process is fun and simple.  Always written on a acoustic guitar and usually with the music coming first and lyrics soon after.  Niall writes and records acoustic demo's (50 and counting) up in Inverness in his bathroom and emails them to Kirstin and Ryan who get ideas how to Elkify them and then we kick them around the practice room.  They tend to come together really quickly.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Sweat.  Loudness.  Banter.

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

Recording our first single 'This Morning We Are Astronauts' after only being a band for eight days.

What have you got planned for 2013?

Well we have 'Floaty' coming out on March 18th as a free download through here; www.soundcloud.com/gardenofelks.  Then around late April / early May we will have an EP and then at the end of the summer we will record our début album.  We are also plotting some tours and have a cheeky elk eye on the festivals

I've never seen Alan Titchmarsh promoting a garden of elks. Do you have any other unusual horticultural tips?

It is a little know fact that elk droppings can do wonders for the size of your cucumber.  If you see Alan do let him know as we think he is in need of a wee smear.

What other artists (Scottish or not) would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

Well No Island for sure!  Really love the new Marnie Stern record also.  The Yawns and Plastic Animals were great when we played with them in Edinburgh for Song, By Toad.  And there exists a 2 piece improv band from Glasgow called Cutty's Gym who are super.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

We are rubbish at jokes unless we are drunk and silly, but our friend Carla has one for you....

What do a dwarf and a midget have in common?

Very Little!

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