More often than not, when artists go into seclusion to create an album, the results are glorious. I mean, if Justin Vernon had never decided to hole up in a lonely, snowy cabin in the woods, we might’ve never been blessed with somber, wintry sounds of For Emma, Forever Ago. So what happens then when an artist forgoes the icy forest, and instead chooses a small and sunny Californian beach town as his hideout? Derek Krzywicki’s new solo project, Secret American, has the answers. Hint: it’s easy, it’s breezy, it’s beautiful and has no relation to Covergirl. Continue reading →
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Philadelphia-turned-Los Angeles outfit Cheers Elephant have been busy recording several new singles over the last couple of years after releasing their standout third LP Like Wind Blows Fire. The latest track is “Shake It,” shared last week on Bandcamp and following up December’s “Steak Knife.”
Ok, so because of videos like this, this, this, and this, we kind of knew this was coming. But here at The Key we can’t get enough of local expats Cheers Elephant, so we’re going to blog about their new release anyway! The former Philly turned LA quartet has finally released the studio version of “Airliner,” following last month’s single “Speak Think.” Both songs are part of a flurry of new music from the band, and in case you haven’t been following, the band has a few more good ones you should expect to be released as well; there’s the jammy, chillax, Kurt Vile-esque “Summer Surf,” and the catchy and fun “Steak Knife,” which is sure to get you dancing. But before you check those songs out, make sure you check out “Airliner” below. Continue reading →
We lost indie-pop group Cheers Elephant to the California sun last year, but they’ve just released their first single since their departure: a catchy, undeniably West Coast-infused track titled “Speak Think.” Continue reading →
So waaaay back in March, former Philly homies Cheers Elephant teamed up with Sofar Sounds‘ Austin crew during SXSW. The result of said pairing is the track “Airliner.” The exclusive performance, which is technically not in a room as most SoFAR (Songs From ARoom) sessions are, has the perfect breezy demeanor to balance its laid-back location. Continue reading →
How could former locals Cheers Elephant possibly follow up Like Wind Blows Fire, the band’s masterpiece third album? Well, this is a good start. Baeble Music chose Cheers Elephant to be the next band featured on the website’s somewhat morbidly named “Dead Kitten Series,” in which they performed three new songs entitled “Airliner,” “Summer Surf” and “Steak Knife.” Continue reading →
You say goodbye, I say hello. Cheers Elephant, who have traded in the urban landscapes for greener west coast pastures, had a bit of a homecoming Friday night at Union Transfer. Welcoming all manner of friends and family (I think that most of the audience was on the guest list), the indie psych-rockers brought back a bunch of energy and sunshine with them. While L.A. may be kind to them, there is nothing quite like going in to that bar where everybody knows your name. While they may have been absent for a while, the real star of the double bill was another local group: Toy Soldiers.
Saying goodbye (for now, anyhow. Ask The Dismemberment Plan how long any group with strong ties to their hometown can really stay away) Ron Gallo, Dominic Billett, Bill McCloskey, Matt Kelly and Luke Leidy, brought on a slew of special guests to help them celebrate. Local heroes for the better part of a decade, with numerous awards and accolades to back up the claims, the blues/country/alt rockers kicked off the night covering the perennial Semisonic hit “Closing Time” before settling in to their extensive catalogue. Sprinkling in a healthy dose of dry wit, Ron and friends made it clear that they were not leaving Philly behind, but rather focusing on projects that will, hopefully, help expand the local music scene, including launching a record label.
Philadelphia via Baltimore hiphop artist Spank Rock (aka Naeem Juwan) will be playing Underground Arts this Saturday. Last year, Spank Rock teamed up with longtime collaborator Amanda Black for their club track “We Can Go All Night”. He also played alongside the Walkmen, Sun Ra Arkestra and Sharon Van Etten at the Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer. He recently released another single, “Gully” which promptly got remixed by Brodinski. In addition he made a mixtape for Jump Philly with DJ Sylo. Listen to the remix of “Gully” below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Philly-born, Cali-based rock n’ rollers Cheers Elephant headlines Union Transfer tonight with Toy Soldiers, who are playing their farewell show. Self-described as a “Chew it up, Spit it out, Rock and Roll” type of band, Cheers Elephant relocated from Philadelphia to Southern California late last year. Read their impressions of their new digs in Maura Filoromo’s interview here, check out the music video for “Doin’ It, Right” below and find more information and tickets on the XPN Concert Calendar.
Surf. Sand. Warm weather year-round. Does the West Coast feel like paradise? For Cheers Elephant, the answer is definitely yes. Southern California is now home to the formerly Philly-based band.
Cheers Elephant formed in 2007 and built up quite a name for themselves in the local Philly scene. As the years went on, they started booking more shows and doing larger tours. Earlier this year, the band made the cross-country jump to California.
So why did they leave? Moving was something they always knew would happen, The band describes themselves as outdoorsy people, so the environment of California was fitting. Signing with a management company based in L.A, and having a few girlfriends locate west, they all agreed it was the right time to move.
Thus far, the band loves the Californian laid back vibes, and they have been keeping busy with writing and planning shows.
Besides weather, there are definitely differences in the way people interact and the music scene. “Philly is more tightly knit. We were good friends with a lot of bands. It was a close-knit community. L.A. is all sprawled out,” said bass player Matt Rothstein. They haven’t really discovered the music scene of Southern California or if there even is one.