One of the most exciting parts of reviewing music is coming across something fresh … something unexpected. It’s what keeps me tuned up. And that’s what I got with Elephant Quiz.
This Bloomington, Indiana band might best be described through their own their list of influences: Rage Against the Machine, Umphrey’s McGee, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Sublime, The Meters … the list goes on and continues to weave in and out of genres and decades. To toss in a couple of my own, I hear some Alice in Chains and Red Hot Chili Peppers from time to time, too. Funk, jazz, reggae, metal … nothing is out of bounds and everything intertwines. One minute Elephant Quiz is bobbing along carelessly through an easy beat then suddenly they smack you with a devolving jam of face-melting metal … only to turn around ease you back into a groove with the smooth and talented delivery of hip-hop infused vocals.
Elephant Quiz is fresh and young. And they are raw. They will only get better as they continue to refine their sound. But let’s hope it doesn’t become too refined – their edge and the willingness to experiment; to mash together whatever the hell they see fit is the draw here. And they are not going unnoticed. Recently they played at the Wuhnurth Music Festival and a Bonnarroo after-party.
Elephant Quiz will perform on New Year’s Eve at the Crump Theater in Columbus, IN at – check this – the Rock-N-Roll ThrowdownExtravaganzaBashSpectacular, with a handful of other bands and for only $20 at the door. They play regularly around Bloomington and we’ll let you know when a Chicago appearance comes up.
In the meantime, have a listen to Marley’s Song, below. You can also see Elephant Quiz in action performing ClusterFunk, here.