29 Sep 2011 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
This has been a whirl-wind of a year getting our new album
'Kid Scissors' recorded. It took us 9 months of tracking and 3
months of mixing, as well as a handfull of set-backs and rewinds.
Thankfully, it is now in pressing and we can wipe our hands clean
of the production aspect. Joe Gac engineered it and KD Creager once
again lent her amazing talents for the artwork. We are making 500
shiney 180 gram vinyl discs, and I must emphasize that NOTHING
sounds quite like a record. After spending months listening to
digital mixes, analog is like a wool blanket instead of a shitty
worn cotton one.
We also released a CD single for "The City Wins', a slip-case
with 2 b-sides that won't be on the album. You can download the
tracks here if you'd like. http://elephantgun.bandcamp.com Or
e-mail us and we will send you a real life hard copy!
The City Wins
There will also be an extra track on the CD version and
digital download of the full length that will not be on the 12"
vinyl. We are excited to have all these new songs for you all to
listen to. I feel this record has a more "ballroom" vibe than our
others. We also had some friends join us on some songs, which was a
great experience. The official release date is 11-11-11, and there
will be a small tour around Illinois and surrounding cities that
Here is the cover!
My Back Yard
Go and Leave
The City Wins
Coolest Dudes (and The Birthday Girl)
Where Have You Bendorf? (All My Life?)
When You Were A Bore
(Off)- digital and CD only
Relix will be featuring us in their "On The Verge" section in
December as well as putting "The City Wins" on 100,000 compilations
sold world-wide. It is very exciting they want to print us cause
they've hyped and helped awesome bands such as My Morning Jacket
and The Flaming Lips. We are also planning a meaty 2-week tour U.S.
in the summer of 2012. I will keep you all posted on this. Until
then, check out our facebook page for constant updates as well as
21 Feb 2011 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
Producing an album is like creating life. Except in this
example life is music (because music is life).
Wait...what do you mean...life?
ANYWAYS, we are still in the process of making our third
album. A lot of great stuff got done this past weekend with the
help of friends and family. And you KNOW it's always nice to have
friends and family supporting you and rootin' you on while your
making a baby.
Joe Gac moved to Woodstock for 65 hours. Evan got a nap.
Jared left for a little while to go play with his buddies at the
bar down the road. We had a 'burning man' moment in the wee hours
of Sunday morn. and then Ryan pops in outta nowhere. But we just
call that a weekend 'round here.
Look. If that didn't make any sense to you let me spell it to
you this way. There's 3 steps to making a record:
1. Record it.
2. Mix/Master/Replicate it
3. Release it.
We're oh so close to finishing step 1. Most of you won't hear
it until step 3. Some of you might be lucky enough to hear it
during step 2. And I'm sure the rest of you won't realize we have a
new record until Step 4 - sell off old equipment to make another
record/write new songs.
SUN MARCH 6 THE WHISTLER CHICAGO, IL
We'll be sure to call you if anything important happens.
19 Jan 2011 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
Hello and Happy New Year from the darkest depths of the
Illinois winter. It has been snowing consistently since December
1st, the roads have been shit ($8,000 black ice damage to the
pickup truck), and I haven't seen the sun in about 7 days. On a
lighter note, we are in the midst of creating our 3rd album (still
untitled) with Joe Gac. So far we have tracked instruments in 4
different locations, making Joe just drag his computer by a string.
We were able to use a really old antique piano on this recording
which is exciting for us. I'm pretty sure an Elephant died to make
it, cause the keys are real ivory. Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo will
be guest-appearing to do all of the percussion, he is a unique
talent and we are honored to have him contribute. We are planning
on this to be a early summer release on Cassette Deck. It will
hopefully be pressed into vinyl. We are crossing the fingers and
dotting our eyes.
Here are the songs we are recording. titles are subject to
When You Were A Bore
Coolest Dudes (and The Birthday Girl)
The City Wins
Go and Leave
How Have You Bendorf?
Cold in The D
We have a show at the end of this month at Pancho's (right by
the California blue-line stop in Logan Square). It's gonna be a
banger, we have our buddies Prussia and Swell Suburbia joining us,
as well as This Piano Plays Itself from Atlanta, and Community
College. We are very excited for this one and will be playing a lot
of new songs. Check out the sweet hand-drawn poster Emmy May
Wait a minute....what's going on? -Jared
16 Aug 2010 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
Thank goodness! The humidity has ceased for a day. The
temperature is cool and comfortable. A summer without
air-conditioning can really soften a man.
So the band has been on a 2-month show hiatus. Jon and Ryan
went to Japan, they are now cultured I'm sure. I watched a lot of
Travel Channel while they were gone, trying to catch up. Evan was a
businessman and is apparently a chiseled stallion. Paul has gone to
at least 5 baseball games. Jim is a now a free man and part French.
Zach made our money, wrapped a rubber-band around it and slid it
under the mattress. Katie's little men got hair-cuts and formed
their own militia. Justin traded in a female saxophone for a male
one. As for me, I've been enjoying this lull, as well as preparing
our 20 new songs for the studio in September. We plan on having a
couple 2011 releases to make up for our lack of new music this
This summer has been drenched in world rhythms, tropical
sounds, hot days, cool beaches, pretty girls, breezy naps, ripened
fruit, homicidal mosquitoes, sun-drenched afternoons, nights on the
farm, waking up with a vacation brain, de-humidifiers, sticky hugs,
basement bars, grilled meats, half-pints of ice cream, healthy
crops, and amazing friends.
We can't wait to get back to the stage on September 10Th in
Dekalb. We have been working hard on the new songs and will have a
handful for you to hear. The show is at Otto's nightclub and is a
part of the 'Middle-west Fest.' There will be an insane amount of
bands playing all weekend. Here is the schedule for the night we
UPSTAIRS (MAIN ROOM)
07:00 – Elephant Gun
07:50 – Clifton Roy & Folkstringer
...08:40 – The Gunshy
09:30 – Ha Ha Tonka
10:20 – William Elliot Whitmore
11:50 – Smoking Popes
06:30 – The Moves
07:20 – TBA
08:10 – Shy Technology
09:00 – Crayolala
09:50 – Mountains For Clouds
10:40 – Santah
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Super Mystery Artist TBA!!! Look for the announcement next
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BUY SINGLE-SHOW TICKET
08:00 – Chris Dertz
09:30 – The Main Street Gospel
10:15 – Mondo Drag
11:00 – Astral Guard
SMLTWN SKATE SHOP l 229 E. Lincoln Hwy – All Ages
07:00 – Vertual Vertigo
08:00 – State Champs
TAPA LA LUNA l 226 E. Lincoln Hwy – All Ages – FREE!
To Be Announced
$20 Fri. Single Day Pass l
$20 Sat. Single Day Pass l
$30 Two Day Pass l http://www.yourticketstand.com/tickets/298
Hope to see you there! Ryan will be auctioning off his green
shorts right after our set.
13 Mar 2010 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
Elephant Gun 3/13/10
Hey friends, it's been a while since I caught everyone up on
the whimsical world of Elephant Gun. Here are some F.A.Q.s, asked
by imaginary people, about our current position on the globe.
1. I've seen some new faces, who are they?
Amy had to leave the band for personal reasons. We were very
saddened by this and still love her and miss her to death. I was
very concerned about finding another violinist who would fit in as
well as Amy did until Jim Drake introduced miss Katie Bendorf.
Katie is a professional violinist from Harvard, IL. who's been
teaching and gigging her whole life. She is the biggest sweetheart
ever and fit right in with our crazy circus.. You may also be
noticing a very good looking man on saxophone by the name of Justin
Past. Justin played all the sax on 'Beartime Stories' and has been
a friend of mine since 8th grade. He is also a music teacher for
the Chicago school system and a stand-up guy!
2. Tour this summer?
We are working on a 4-5 day thing, hopefully down south
towards Nashville, maybe as far as Texas. It's all in the works and
very loosely put together right now.
3. New music?
We have been hard at work on 12 new songs in the basement and
will be debuting a couple new ones at Morseland in Roger's Park
towards the end of the month. We are very excited.The songs should
hit the studio early summer.
4. Who is doing all that amazing artwork these days?
The very talented Mary Charlene
We were recently featured in the critics choice section of
The Reader and we will be featured on Susan Schaumberg's internet
radio program, 'Indiesomnia' soon, this includes a pretty
ridiculous interview we did backstage at The Bottom Lounge.
6. Upcoming shows?
As I mentioned before, we will be debuting some new songs at
Morseland on March 26th (21+). Sam Swinson from Ohtis is opening
this show and will (hopefully) be playing some of his new songs as
well. We also have a really amazing supporting slot for Those
Darlins and Deertick on April 8th at The Bottom Lounge (17+). I'm
so razzed by this cause Those Darlins are one of my favorite bands
right now. They put on an amazing rock show and you should
seriously consider going.
Thank you to all of you for being so supportive lately. The
party just seems to get crazier and more insane with each show. We
love you and couldn't do this without you. Personally, I'm ready
for some badass springtime thunderstorms Take good care and pet a
7 May 2009 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
Hey there my young vikings, we have been working pretty hard
to get the details for
out. We have a few things left to do before we get it pressed, but
we have the master, the cover art and the tracklisting done.
KD Creager did the cover art for us and because we couldn't
decide on a tracklist we outsourced it to Jim Miller (our friend
overlord) and Kyle Stembaugh from
Here is the image that is going on
And here is the tracklisting:
3. Hot Shots
4. Pere Marquette
7. 2 Bring U Home
8. Waltz II
9. Wounded Bears
10. Blacktar Country
We are going to release it in June
or July, hopefully we will have copies before tour and do some
release shows when we get back.
Speaking of tour it has been slow in the making, but we have
most of the shows booked, this is what it is looking like so far:
-(Hopefully The Brass Rail)
Upstate, New York
New York City, New York
New York City, New York
Asbury Park, New
N Clinton Street)
In other news we got a write-up in
Chicago INNERVIEW Magazine
. We are sandwiched in between
Japandroids and Del the Funkee Homosapien (making us by far the
dorkiest on the page)
thanks Jyn Radakovits!
Here is the text:
"Send beer, smokes, hot wings, Doritos, coffee cups, and
garbage bags," Elephant Gun begs their fans via MySpace to assist
them in the recording of their newest album. The Elgin rockers are
hungry…and apparently messy. If a junk food diet is to blame for
the success of the band's follow up to 2007’s KP, expect stepped-up
intensity to their sound flavored by horns, strings, and
traditional rock implements. While it's hard to throw a label
around their sound (one reviewer ventured a brawl between The
Minutemen and The Polyphonic Spree), take a moment to envision such
an altercation if you will. Elephant Gun, like the Wu-Tang Clan of
rock, has more members (including its Indian Spirit Guide members)
than what can easily be accounted for and their live performance is
usually off the charts, say those lucky enough to have taken in the
spectacle. Their newest yet still unnamed release is slated to drop
early this summer. (Appearing at Morseland on May 8)
We have two other shows, besides tour coming up that are sure
to be bangers:
we are playing at
the Morseland in Rogers Park, Chicago
we are playing at
a Reggies for the annual drinking contest called the Stag
Challenge... it is sure to be ridiculous and it's free! Not to
mention they have the best buffolo chicken sandwich I have ever had
the pleasure of eating
24 Feb 2009 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
We have come up with the title and layout to our next album!
We're not telling anybody anything about anything yet. The lucky
few who have heard this recording all have said that they prefer
this one to our last one (KP). So, that's good news, right?
The goal is to have this album ready for the masses before we
hit the road in late June.
We are planning on a tour for late June and could use help.
Here's what we're thinking:
Fri, Jun 19- Detroit, MI
Sat, Jun 20- Buffalo/Syracuse/Rochester,NY (somewheres,
Sun Jun 21- Boston,MA (please help)
Mon Jun 22- New York, NY (please help)
Tue Jun 23- Philadelphia, PA (please help)
Wed Jun 24- Washington D.C. (please help)
Thu Jun 25- Columbus/Dayton/Cincinnati, OH (please help)
Fri Jun 26- Bloomington/ Indianapolis, IN (please help)
Sat Jun 27- Bloomington/Normal, IL
this is all tentative for now. if you can help out in ANY way
possible please let us know, it would mean a lot to us.
March 7th- Ronny's....Chicago, IL
March 26th Reggie's...Chicago, IL
April 4th Gasthaus......Elgin, IL
April 11 Speakeasy.....Chicago, IL
May 2nd (TBA)
May 8th Morseland.....Chicago, IL
As always, don't forget to check out our myspace page,
facebook page, this blog, our shows, and our drummer's long legs.
29 Jan 2009 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
Our album is done being recorded...for the most part. We
still need to add keys. No word on when this thing will be ready
for you to listen. (Maybe by late spring?)
We have shows coming up where you will get to hear most of
these new songs:
Thursday, February 5th- The Whistler Chicago, IL
Saturday, March 7th- Ronny's Chicago, IL
(Jon Drake will be performing with his band at Ronny's. If
you ask Jon, Jim, Jared, or Paul for a Don Russian reunion that
night we will reply with either: a.) no or b.) how much money do
you got on you in cash, and maybe we'll play 2 songs for your cash)
Thursday, March 26th- Reggie's Chicago, IL
Saturday, April 4th- Gasthaus Elgin, IL
Hope to see you at one of the shows (or all of them, yeah,
mainly all of them, i hope to see you at all of the shows...I hope
to see you outside of the shows...I hope to see you tomorrow...What
are you doing tomorrow?
25 Jan 2009 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
mmmm, delicious peaches.
I'm sitting next to a markerboard, it's 11:30pm on saturday,
january 24th. The sound of a marimba clicks and clacks near me. I
am being photographed. A Bear calls out in the night. Ryan is
playing super nintendo. This is a studio. An album is being
recorded. Elephant Gun returns to the studio to record their follow
up to 2008's KP.
I can safely say that this record will sound different from
our first one. The presence of a dead spirit, possibly locked in a
garage, is amongst us. Snow Monkeys. This record has an earthy
quality to it. Not unlike human-animal consensual coitus on top of
a deceased animal.
A cat strikes my fancy whilst we canoodle on a dead bear.
The plan is to finish recording the record on Sunday. In less
than 24 hours I will be:
4. listening to rough mixes of the new ElephantGun record!
ELEPHANT GUN NEEDS DONATIONS:
Looking for the following items:
We love our fans and we can't wait to release our new
14 Jan 2009 · From elephantgunillinois.blogspot.com/ ·
We are going to be going into the studio... or in our case
Todd Pott's luxuriously high ceilinged basement to record our next
album with Joe Gac. We have no idea when it is going be released...
Spring? Summer? Fall? 10,000 years from now?
It is going to be released on Cassette Deck and has no title,
but will feature 10 or 11 songs.
In December we recorded some terrible sounding practice demos
and one of the songs we ended up recording was a cover of Bust!'s
"Inawhile." You can download it here:
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