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Elk are still Daydreaming
2012-04-01T15:28:02+08:00

 

 

It’s been just one year since Elk released their debut, Balm Beach, the four-song EP that was recorded live off the floor in a garage in Balm Beach, ON during the summer of 2010.

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The EP was full of no-nonsense, fun in the sun rock ‘n roll, and with the help of St. Catharines imprint Indoor Shoes — who released the album in 2011 — Elk have been able to extend their name and music outside of the Niagara Region.

Not only did the band find themselves going on a five day stint around Ontario with Young Rival, whilst frequently playing gigs in Toronto, London (“our unofficial second hometown”) and Hamilton, but, during the release cycle of Balm Beach two of the members, Josh Korody and Kyle Connelly made the move to Toronto.

Geographically, Toronto is merely 100 kilometres away, but a move such as this one is enough to cause a band to call it quits. Luckily Elk carried on, finding time to still rehearse once a week, and continuously writing new material. Most of this new work will be found on their upcoming debut LP Daydreams, a collection of 12 songs that cover a wider spectrum of music — from Motown to Psych — than their previous output.  

“The era between the release of Balm Beach and now was like moving out of your parents house (literally), and I would say this era seems more like we are starting to raise a family,” said Korody, the drummer and one of three vocalists along with guitarists Connelly and Michael Price.

“I would say that the difference is going to a house party and going to a ball,” added Price. “When you go to a house party you do whatever, you have fun, when you go to a ball you prepare yourself for it.”

In preparation for the release of Daydreams — which was recorded from 5:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. over a seven day stretch in Korody’s studio partners’ old studio — Connelly, Korody and Price along with bassist Ben Pokol, have become more serious about not only their songwriting craft, but also about their band professionally – aiming for “stepping stones” such as searching for the right booking agents and publicists.

The band recently spent time recording a video for the song “Before the Sun”, the first track on Daydreams. The video was shot by Josh Rikkerink at 2A Arts and the audio was engineered by Rikkerenk and mixed by Korody, who also recorded and mixed both Balm Beach and Daydreams. The final product is a tight in-studio live video – which commanded eight or nine repeated performances of the song.

“The video shoot was really cool,” said Korody. “I regret picking  “Before the Sun” because I play the same drumbeat in the whole song mostly and we had to do so many takes of it to get all the video angles.”

 

Even though Elk plans to record a new EP in the summer, the band couldn’t be happier with the way Daydreams turned out, especially after their rushed effort with Balm Beach.  

“We’ve just been growing together more, when we recorded Balm Beach it was meant to be a full length but we did it so quickly (two days) we had to scratch most of the songs,” said Korody. “This is the album we wanted to actually make with Balm Beach. We owed ourselves to spend more than two days on a record.”
 

 

 

“They were great to work with, just a nice bunch of guys, definitely good sports about having to play the same song over and over all night,” added Rikkerink.
The release of “Before the Sun” should give audience a little taste of the new material Elk is producing before Daydreams is released, but, the band doesn’t plan to stop there. They are also in talks about making their first music video for their first single “Riverview” on what will be Indoor Shoes’ (and Elk’s) first full-length album.
 

 

The EP was full of no-nonsense, fun in the sun rock ‘n roll, and with the help of St. Catharines imprint Indoor Shoes — who released the album in 2011 — Elk have been able to extend their name and music outside of the Niagara Region.
Not only did the band find themselves going on a five day stint around Ontario with Young Rival, whilst frequently playing gigs in Toronto, London (“our unofficial second hometown”) and Hamilton, but, during the release cycle of Balm Beach two of the members, Josh Korody and Kyle Connelly made the move to Toronto.
The EP was full of no-nonsense, fun in the sun rock ‘n roll, and with the help of St. Catharines imprint Indoor Shoes — who released the album in 2011 — Elk have been able to extend their name and music outside of the Niagara Region.
Not only did the band find themselves going on a five day stint around Ontario with Young Rival, whilst frequently playing gigs in Toronto, London (“our unofficial second hometown”) and Hamilton, but, during the release cycle of Balm Beach two of the members, Josh Korody and Kyle Connelly made the move to Toronto.
Geographically, Toronto is merely 100 kilometres away, but a move such as this one is enough to cause a band to call it quits. Luckily Elk carried on, finding time to still rehearse once a week, and continuously writing new material. Most of this new work will be found on their upcoming debut LP Daydreams, a collection of 12 songs that cover a wider spectrum of music — from Motown to Psych — than their previous output.  
“The era between the release of Balm Beach and now was like moving out of your parents house (literally), and I would say this era seems more like we are starting to raise a family,” said Korody, the drummer and one of three vocalists along with guitarists Connelly and Michael Price.
“I would say that the difference is going to a house party and going to a ball,” added Price. “When you go to a house party you do whatever, you have fun, when you go to a ball you prepare yourself for it.”
In preparation for the release of Daydreams — which was recorded from 5:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. over a seven day stretch in Korody’s studio partners’ old studio — Connelly, Korody and Price along with bassist Ben Pokol, have become more serious about not only their songwriting craft, but also about their band professionally – aiming for “stepping stones” such as searching for the right booking agents and publicists.
The band recently spent time recording a video for the song “Before the Sun”, the first track on Daydreams. The video was shot by Josh Rikkerink at 2A Arts and the audio was engineered by Rikkerenk and mixed by Korody, who also recorded and mixed both Balm Beach and Daydreams. The final product is a tight in-studio live video – which commanded eight or nine repeated performances of the song.
“The video shoot was really cool,” said Korody. “I regret picking  “Before the Sun” because I play the same drumbeat in the whole song mostly and we had to do so many takes of it to get all the video angles.”
“They were great to work with, just a nice bunch of guys, definitely good sports about having to play the same song over and over all night,” added Rikkerink.
The release of “Before the Sun” should give audience a little taste of the new material Elk is producing before Daydreams is released, but, the band doesn’t plan to stop there. They are also in talks about making their first music video for their first single “Riverview” on what will be Indoor Shoes’ (and Elk’s) first full-length album.
Even though Elk plans to record a new EP in the summer, the band couldn’t be happier with the way Daydreams turned out, especially after their rushed effort with Balm Beach.  
“We’ve just been growing together more, when we recorded Balm Beach it was meant to be a full length but we did it so quickly (two days) we had to scratch most of the songs,” said Korody. “This is the album we wanted to actually make with Balm Beach. We owed ourselves to spend more than two days on a record.”
With Daydreams scheduled for a May release, the group looks forward to retooling their sound, while continuously evolving as musicians and never staying stagnant – an attitude that is present within Elk’s musical philosophies.