Reno, NV aggro noisecore band Elephant Rifle premiere a new track from their forthcoming album, Ivory today via Brooklyn Vegan. The song "Red Shirts" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)
Elephant Rifle launch a string of dates surrounding the album release later this month, to be followed by more extensive shows to be announced soon. Please see current shows below.
Noisey previously premiered the first single, "Bone Voyage," available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.) A second track, "Rasputin" was launched via Metal Injection recently, available HERE.
Ivory is an illicit substance. Elephants and other animals have been hunted to near extinction to support the market for ivory, the beautiful material stolen from the tusks and teeth of large mammals. Ivory is often associated with music, since it was historically used for the white keys on pianos. Carved ivory is art made from skeletal material, from dead or maimed animals.
Ivory is also the title of Elephant Rifle's new full-length album. The album title resonates with the band name in obvious ways: Ivory is the material an elephant rifle is usually aimed to obtain. There's very little actual piano on the album, however. It mostly consists of the raw materials of rock: electric guitar, bass and drums, along with a vocalist who, in live performances anyway, seems to channel John Belushi's impersonation of Joe Cocker. Elephant Rifle's music draws from '80s and '90s-style noise rock, like The Jesus Lizard, Shellac and Swans, with a bit of old-school hardcore and post-punk in the mix, along with a loving spoonful of the lascivious, cocksure swagger of '70s hard rock.
Elephant Rifle formed five years ago in Reno, Nevada, a hometown that might explain the band's underdog attitude. On Ivory, the band members sound like they might be struggling with the complex relationship implied by the band name and album title: beauty wrought by violence. They seem to be struggling against something anyway. The music is knotted, thorny, dissonant, noisy and often ugly-although cohesive songwriting is never sacrificed, and there are even occasional moments of humor: “Gold Standard,” for example, is a pop ditty about buying a boat. But most of the songs reference the album's strange theme: Death among animals. The instrumental opener, for example, is called “Hoof & Mouth.” “Dogs, Wolves, Wolverines” is a hardcore blaster about the resentment that wild animals might harbor toward their domesticated counterparts. The album closer is a stoner epic called “Horses,” which begins: “They say you die twice. First, when the breathe leaves from out your body and in the air. And then again when your final name's said the very last time, and then forgot.”
Ivory will be available May 19th on LP and download as a joint release via Humaniterrorist Record Collective and Gentlemen Friends. Pre-order HERE.
ELEPHANT RIFLE LIVE:
05/21 Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery w/ Chiefs
05/22 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Blue Lagoon
05/23 San Francisco, CA @ Benders
05/24 Reno, NV @ The Loving Cup
06/23 Reno, NV @ Monolith
06/23 Reno, NV @ Monolith
Artist: Elephant Rifle
Label: Humaniterrorist Record Collective/Gentlemen Friends
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
01. Hoof & Mouth
02. Bone Voyage (STREAM)
03. Red Shirts (STREAM)
04. Rasputin (STREAM)
05. Frank, Black
06. Gold Standard
07. Dogs, Wolves, Wolverines
08. Clones & Clones
09. Skeleton Keys
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