"SUMMERY FEEL-GOOD POP OF EARLY PHOENIX AND THE COLOSSAL CHORUSES OF MIIKE SNOW, ELEL ARE ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING NEW BANDS WE'VE COME ACROSS" - LINE OF BEST FIT
"This is music for dancing to, for laughing to, for feeling generally alive to." - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
"RESOUNDINGLY CATCHY" - INTERVIEW MAGAZINE
"SPARKLING INDIE POP...ENERGETIC AND POSITIVITY INDUCING" - HILLYDILLY
"LUSH INSTRUMENTATION AND HUGE HOOKS" - THE 405
"SWEEPING, COMPLEX...THE ORCHESTRAL ELECTRONICA OF FLUME WITH THE WORLDLY DRUMS OF VAMPIRE WEEKEND
- ALL THINGS GO
"DELIRIOUSLY LEFT FIELD...ELEL'S POP FRONTED APPROACH IS NONETHELESS EXPERIMENTAL IN ITS DREAMY MELODICISM" - CLASH
"LUSH, SHOUT-ALONG POP...WARM WAVES OF KEYS, UNDULATING BASS TONES, AND CANDIED MELODIES THAT COME TOGETHER LIKE ONE BIG EMBRACE" - UNDER THE RADAR
"ANTHEMIC INDIE-POP BEAUTY" - KICK KICK SNARE
With a sound sound praised as “world pop," ELEL's unique blend of rolling rhythms, whimsical melodies and affectionate vulnerabilty . Hailing from Nashville, TN, Ben Elkins formed the band in late 2013 along with Tim Cook and Zach Tichenor as his previous project, Heypenny, came to a close. After having met a woman named Eliska, Elkins started writing a group of songs that he wasn't sure fit the cynical and abrasive tone of his then band. When Heypenny ended, he decided to move forward with those songs under the name ELEL, a combination of his muse's first name and his last. Shortly there after, he met Cook and Tichenor, with whom he had an instant chemistry. As other musicians filled out the live group, they quickly started gaining local buzz as they started performing with a passionate, sincere energy instantly charmed audiences. A year later, they self-released their debut single "40 Watt," which took the blogosphere by storm, leading to a record deal with Indie powerhouse Mom + Pop Music.
ELEL wasted no time hitting the road and the radio waves. As "40 Watt" made it's way into Alt Nation's Alt 18 on Sirius XM, the band toured across the country for the next few months as their music continued to gain critical praise and television a
Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a short film Koenig made during his freshman year, the band started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. Word spread about Vampire Weekend's unique sound and lyrics ("Oxford Comma," one of the band's earliest songs, referred to comma usage in a list of three items), buoyed by the band's self-released EPs, which they recorded in locations spanning from their Columbia dorm rooms to a family barn. The buzz around Vampire Weekend reached a peak in 2007: that summer, the band embarked on its biggest tour yet, made several appearances at that year's CMJ Music Marathon, and signed with XL Records that fall. The Mansard Roof EP was Vampire Weekend's debut release for the label, followed by their self-titled first album early in 2008. Debuting within the Top 20 of both the American and U.K. album charts, the eponymous record was one of the year's most popular indie releases.
Performed Live in feature film "Don't Think Twice,"
Syncs include Don't Think Twice (film & trailer), Orange Is The New Black (Promo), American Eagle, MTV's Catfish, ABC's Nashville & more.
Remixed by JACKLNDN, Carousel and Daytrip
GEODE LP. Oct '16. Mom + Pop Music
GEODE & GOLD Promotional EP. Oct '16
ELEL EP. Feb '15. Mom + Pop Music
"I wanted GEODE to have life; not just energy but subtlety and consideration between the big musical moments. Initially, I worked up the songs on my own, but when the rest of the band came in to record on it, they brought a dynamic that makes the album breathe with feeling and gives it everything I always wanted it to have."- Ben Elkins
Don't Think Twice
Feature Film written and directed by Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me)
Starring Mike Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Gillian Jacobs (Love, Community), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oates, Ducktales), Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show) and Tami Segher (Inside Amy Schumer, Girls)
99% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes
The film had a one-theater opening in New York City on July 22, 2016 and grossed $92,835 in its opening weekend, the highest per-screen gross of 2016
Film's soundtrack features 40 Watt and Cherokee. Available on all streaming platforms.
Film available on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, & blu-ray
U.S. support history includes:
Festival History includes