Greatest Show on Earth
Elephant9 is a musical monster. It may sound bold, but there is no other way of describing this band. Music is at its purest and strongest when it feels free, dynamic and ever evolving. In a time where music – more often than not – is held back by electronic devices, set timeframes and rigid song structures, it’s refreshing to witness the exact opposite.
The members of the group have a strong history in bands like Dungen, Bigbang, Shining, Motorpsycho and Supersilent, but it’s within the constellation Elephant9 that these four musicians have been given the ultimate playground to showcase their eclectic tastes and musical abilities.
Through Torstein Lofthus’ thunderous and hazardous drumming, bass player Nikolai Hængsle’s steady, thumping timekeeping, keyboardist and organ player Ståle Storløkken’s rich and uncompromising layers of sounds, they give you sounds and rhythm structures that have made grown men and women cry and laugh in joy. Elephant9 find inspiration in music that pushes the envelope, which has made music journalists dig deep for fitting descriptions.