The five souls in Elephant Revival are Sage Cook (banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, bass); and Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo). All share vocals and write songs. Paine delivers additional beats via footstomps on plywood, her stockinged feet doing near jigs as her hands, encased in antique leather gloves, rub silver nickel against corrugated metal.
This Nederland, Colorado quintet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced – especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk.
We took the time to ask Elephant Revival a few questions about their fans, their music and their band name. Here’s what they had to say:
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you or at your show?
“One time a fan took off all his clothes and starting doing the worm at one of our shows during a song. It caused quite the stir. It was in Leadville, Colorado… so it may have been from the effects of high elevation.”
What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist?
“Tough to say… Lots of things seem funny with enough road delerium. But probably when the guy got naked and started doing the worm during our show.”
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
“Stretch out the fact that you’ve been sitting in a vehicle for awhile, eat some decent food… deep breathing and setlist writing.”
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
How do you connect with a crowd?
“I become vulnerable to my art and the audience feels comfortable to do the same once they feel that. Vice Versa.”
How did you decide on your band name?
“Dango came up with the idea and concept, and the rest of us agreed to it.”
What is the best way to write music?
“Without expectations, inspired and non competitive.”
Make sure you catch Elephant Revival tomorrow night, Thursday March 21st @ Eddie’s Attic! If you haven’t already registered to win tickets to the show, click HERE. Or click below to purchase your tickets!