Interview

Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Elephant Takedown

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Ben: The Boatman

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

Simon: Excited to finally have something to show everyone what we’ve been doing for so so long.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Ben: Don’t Spoil My Fun; it’s the most punk track we’ve got, very much my vibe, breakdown ending slaps and I think we handle the subject matter in quite a witty way

Your favourite song to play live:

Alex and Simon: Probably Fresh Blood. It has a lot of bounce to it, so it becomes very difficult not to get carried away on stage, which is exactly what you want when you’re putting on a show.

Ben: Bright Blue Eyes because it’s so raw, and has so much energy.

Phil: Wreckage, one of our as yet unrecorded songs, the chord changes and hugeness of the solo section make it a fun one just to go all out on live and as long as you hit those chordal changes it sounds amazing.

Your most emotional track:

Phil: My Heroine, as it was written about a darker point in my own past. When that song was first coming together with the band, I found it hard not to get emotional. I wrote the bulk of the lyrics with no music to put it to and I can’t sing, so I just put it out there as an idea to the band. Hearing something so personal, turn into a group effort that is so much more than I could achieve on my own was awesome. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

Ben: “I can’t sleep, out in the dark they lurk, I am weak, the drugs I take don’t work”

Alex: “Another fake believer! Imposter! Deceiver! Fallen for that mask again, a lie become a second skin.”

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Phil: Over the top confidence and cockiness followed by embarrassment, as I mess up, my start in the first song.

Ben: Butterflies until the first drum kick, they just joy and adrenaline.

Simon: Excitement; flooded with nerves.

Alex: Strangely, calm.

The hardest track to play live:

Ben: Again, Bright Blue Eyes. Its rawness means that I have a lot of words to sing in a very short period of time.

Alex: Also, Bright Blue Eyes. It’s fast and has a lot of movement, and I think I’ve had a hand cramp after every performance so far.

Phil: Probably the intro to Wreckage, we seem to keep writing songs where the guitar starts with no accompaniment and on that song, in particular, I always wish I had simplified the picking pattern and chord embellishments.

Simon: The Boatman

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Simon: Sticks and Picks!

Phil: And jumpers, I’m always cold.

Describe your fans in three words:

Simon:  Supportive loyal bandicoots.

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Ben: Talking Myself In Circles by Four Year Strong.

Phil: Reach Out, I’ll Be There by Four Tops

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

Ben: Gigs, hopefully some festival slots, and an album, maybe sooner than you think.

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