From raw indie-infused alternative rock goodness to slick synth-pop delights, few can lay claim to mastering a plethora of sounds in such a small amount of time. Starting out in 2015, Elephant Trees have won over the ears and hearts of many, establishing fanbases in just about every corner of the UK as well as spreading their word deep into European territories. Their positive persona, fearless live performances and downright likeability have resulted in multiple awards, accolades and support from some of the best in the business, and now they’re about to embark on their next campaign.
Kickstarting their 2019 as they mean to go on, the Manchester-based four-piece will release their new single ‘4100’ on the 15th February.
‘4100’ delves deep into the world of atmospheric alt-pop, the hugely charismatic synth-led track embraces both seductive and euphoric tones from the get-go. Full of percussive stabs and dreamy vocal hooks, with movie soundtrack-worthy keyboard melodies, the futuristic and melancholy feel drops somewhere between balladry and glossy indie – prepare to be enthralled. ‘4100’ signifies the start of a big year ahead for the Elephant Trees, who have plenty of new music in the pipeline and an onslaught of gigs in their schedule. Lead singer Martha added:
“I wrote 4100 about the things we use to distract us from life. It’s so easy to get comfortable wallowing in dark places. I wanted to depict the juxtaposition between that comfort and the need to bury it under various crutches. It’s different in style to our earlier music but I think that comes from a place of growth. We’re moving away from straight up angry rock because we’re not angry teenagers anymore, we’re coming at things from a different angle with a different perspective.”
Working relentlessly throughout 2018, the band toured heavily to support their single ‘U N C O M F O R T A B L E,’ as well as headlining and supporting shows across the country. Along the way they reached the finals of Fender’s Unsigned Artist of the Year competition as well as playing in several Pride events. On the Elephant Trees, The Q Review said, “queer alt-rock is alive and kicking, in fact, it’s spectacular,” whilst Edith Bowman was “stopped in her tracks” by what she heard.
Martha Phillips’ straight from the heart, to the heart lyrics often delve deep into the world of social issues and mental health, exploring real-life subject matters relatable to many. Her outspoken delivery and impeccable vocals are backed by Will Brooks’ battering, power-house drumming, Sam Hugh-Jones’ versatile guitar work and Alex Goodall’s foundation laying basslines. Elephant Trees are building a legacy that is identifiable to their unmistakable sound and infectious bond that shines through on both their records and their explosive live shows.
‘4100’ and ‘U N C O M F O R T A B L E’ plant the seed to their most ambitious effort to date, their first EP as a band. Set for the release on the 5th April, the wheels are very much in motion for a big 2019, so strap yourselves in.
Elephant Trees are playing the following dates:
8th Feb – supporting Faux Pas @Bread Shed, Manchester
19th Feb – supporting Bang Bang Romeo @ 78 Sackville Street, Manchester (TBA)
28th Feb – supporting Larkins @Brudenell Social, Leeds (TBA)
3rd Aug – Weightless Festival, Wakefield