Sure there are many young, talented indie bands making their way in the industry right now but none as exciting as As Elephants Are. They have a sound and an energy that courses and surges with tropical notes and anthemic indie hooks. After one listen to Youth Blood, I’ll tell you now, you’ll be hooked.
I caught up with the band to discuss everything from their new EP, songs that they currently have on repeat, their first UK tour and much more.
How do you feel you stand apart from other bands today?
I think we just try and make our music as honest as possible and if people feel a connection to it then that’s a massive bonus for us. I think every band has it’s own identity; whether it’s similar to someone else’s it doesn’t mean it’s exactly the same.
The titles of your songs often take on a darker presence, for example: Youth Blood, Lucifer and War Cry. Yet your music tends to be uplifting and passionate. Though on the other hand, it can also be pensive, hiding a much deeper meaning within the lyricism. Would you say this is an accurate description? What is the feeling/message that you want listeners to take from your music?
I think lyrically it’s a very personal thing for me and people can interpret it any way they feel like. Musically, we never set out to make people feel happy or unhappy, there are no written rules to our music.
Can you talk us through your songwriting process a little? Where do you start and how do you put a song together, particularly in relation to the tracks on the new EP?
It always starts with just the basics of a chord progression, then we build it into a full band and production always comes last on our tracks. Production is something we would like to incorporate into the actual songwriting process in the future.
Are your songs all written from personal experiences or does inspiration come from anything and everywhere?
The inspiration for my lyrics vary on each track that we write and each day when I am writing lyrics. It could be that I’ve seen something that has effected me or something has happened to me directly.
I have to say, I’ve had your songs on repeat since the day I came across your band. Are there any songs that you have on repeat at the moment?
Thank you for that. At the moment I have been listening to Rhodes – Raise Your Love. I really love the vocal lines in the song; it had me gripped from the first line.
You recently went out on your first headlining tour. How was that experience? Were there any crowds that amazed you and stick out in your memory? When you’re not gigging and touring, what’s your favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Our first headline tour blew our minds. We still find it strange that people would pay to come and see us, which we are very grateful for. The last show on our tour was our first ever time headlining a show in London at the Sebright Arms. The turnout was unbelievable and it was a nice way to end such a great first tour. In our downtime we love to get together and write songs, it’s what we get most pleasure from doing.
Your summer already looks quite busy with a heap of festivals already lined up. Are there any that you’re particularly looking forward to playing? Any bands that you’d like to catch while you’re there?
We are so happy to be playing so many lovely festivals this summer and we are also playing our first international show in Barcelona at Razzmatazz which we can’t wait for. It’s always hard to see bands when you’re playing the festival but we are going to try and catch as many bands as we can.
We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?
We have huge amounts of love for Amber Run, Blaenavon, Saint Raymond, Pixel Fix and MMX.
What are your hopes for As Elephants Are in 2014?
We are planning to write and record a lot more music and see where that takes us. We are really excited for the future of our band and can’t wait to share more music with people.
A special thanks to As Elephants Are for this interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.