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ROADS / The Alphabets

Kingsley Flood, Under the Elephant

Sun, August 14, 2011

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 3:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$25 advance / $30 day of show

This event is 16 and over

Kingsley Flood
Kingsley Flood
“Signature high energy” –Rolling Stone

“The kind of hard-rocking folk-punk band that makes you want to dance with the person standing next to you and then punch them in the face. In a totally good way.” -Esquire Magazine

“You gotta see these guys live” – Boston Globe

“…propulsive beat and a punk-rock attitude” -Wall Street Journal

“Billy-Bragg-like folk-punk sound” – Washington Post

Since their breakout set opening the Newport Folk Festival in 2013, Kingsley Flood has opened tour dates for Lucius and Josh Ritter; earned raves from AV Club, Paste, Rolling Stone, Billboard, NY Times; played a session for Esquire; and premiered a video with NPR Music.

The band’s most recent, “To The Wolves” EP, continues songwriter Naseem Khuri’s obsession with stagnation in our lives, and exploring why things don’t change. While January’s “To The Fire” EP chronicles his own experience as a wide-eyed first generation Palestinian-American wanting to change the world, _To The Wolves_ suggests greater change is harder when we can’t even change ourselves.

The title track looks at the big dreams and small circumstances of an outsider on the inside. “Blind” finds him back home plotting an escape, but this too is a dream that never manages to leave his bedroom. “All Night Dynamite” asks just how much choice we have in our choices, a theme carried over to “Salt of the Sea,” where a child sees in his own path a mirror of his father’s.

“To The Wolves” continues Kingsley Flood’s ongoing collaboration with producer Paul Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead, Morphine) and 1867 Recording Studio, the onetime Masonic temple in Chelsea, MA where “To the Fire” was created. The results showcase the band’s signature and wide-ranging dynamics, from the scorched-earth guitar riff anchoring the title track to the contrasting plaintive violin and hard rock release of the deceptively upbeat “Blind,” the frenetic punk drive of “All Night Dynamite” and the pensive intimacy of “Salt of the Sea.”

But like everything from Kingsley Flood, it’s the energy, dynamics, and musicianship that give life to Khuri’s reflections. From intricate arrangements and inspired lyricism to flashes of punk, the band behind “To The Fire” still delivers an experience that Paste Magazine said ”is rapidly making an impression nationally [with its] rowdy on-stage anthems.”
Under the Elephant
It started with two former label mates and competitors at Maverick Records, Josh McMillan (of Deuce Project fame) and solo artist, Ben Jelen (Maverick, Custard Records), who had unwittingly become friends. Both had, after all, spent their late teens and early twenties ensnared in the emotionally draining ebbs and flows of near rock stardom. Their next musical chapter unfolded when they realized that only together, as a part of something larger, could they attempt to topple the walls that the industry had built around them. With this, Under the Elephant was born; a family of friends and musicians that came together to create a unique and organic sound from the heart.

Both Ben and Josh’s years of experience in the pop music industry has influenced the band’s deeply melodic song writing and emotionally charged live shows. While sometimes hinting at a spiritual element, the songs of Under the Elephant combine Pop, Rock, Dance, and Electronica to create a magical journey. McMillan leads this troop with his southern alt. rock vocal accompanied by Jelen’s rich vocal harmony and modern synth. Lead guitarist, James Darwin Stull, fills in the sound, with his unconventional guitar lines, while the rhythm section, brothers Stan and Steve Esposito on bass and drums, muscle the beat into that downtown Manhattan dance-floor vibe. Their sound completes itself with the blend of Jelen, Tina Mathieu and Lisa McMillan on back-up vocals as they conjure an illusion to a gospel choir responding to lead singer McMillan’s sometimes frenzied preacher-like chants.

After garnering a small New York following with the strength of first draft demos and high-energy live shows, Under the Elephant disappeared into the studio. For the past year, the band independently recorded and mixed their debut album at Electric Blue Velvet Studios in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Under the Elephant released their album, The Eleventh Hour, on April 22, 2011 at Webster Hall in NYC and were recently featured on NBC New York. You can get your copy of the album HERE!

Stay tuned for much more to come from Under the Elephant.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249