11/19 Elf Power, The Glands @ Knitting Factory $8

Elf Power hail from Athens, GA and have just released their new album entitled Winter is Coming. They are far more interesting than your average rock band. They play dreamy psychedelic pop music that owes something to ‘60’s era Brian Wilson and Beatles, but all the while coming up with quite an original and folksy pop sound of their own. Their lyrics are strangely beautiful and create wonderful images in your head. The Chicago Tribune described their sound as "gorgeously effusive music that sounds like the soundtrack to someone's dreams." Elf Power are part of the Elephant 6 collective which is a group of bands in Athens making similar sounding music. The whole scene has enjoyed quite an underground following for several years now. Elf Power could be compared to bands such as Grandaddy, and The Flaming Lips. They are certainly a band worth checking out. Plus…you gotta love their name!

The Glands also hail from down south in Georgia. Earlier this summer, Capricorn released their latest and self titled album. These guys are also better than your average rock band. Their album sounds somewhat simplistic at first, but grows on you slowly until you are completely enthralled by it. They aren’t doing anything too new or different, but they have great songwriting skills and come across as a wonderful band. They have a laid-back yet driving rock sound. While they certainly owe something to The Beatles as well they sound like something along the lines of contemporary bands like Built To Spill and Creeper Lagoon.

It is hard to find good straight up rock bands these days. There aren’t many good ones around that are actually producing anything that is somewhat interesting. Both of these bands are definitely worth checking out!

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[Published on: 11/15/00]

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