New album out on 6th April 2015 on Song, by Toad Records - 12", cassette & download.
"bears a little of Sonic Youth’s early days experimentalism." - The List
"splendid chunky guitar" - The Scotsman
"sweltering hot, and gigantic" - Dont Need No Melody
"fuzzy, relentless and loud ! Yeah !" - 50thirdand3rd
" a joyful wall of sound, and the three-piece lock together perfectly like a piece of finely crafted Swedish furniture" - wow247.com
"GOE are worthy of a place alongside PAWS as champions of a new gutsy guitar sound" - The List
Spread across Scotland, Garden of Elks have a singer (Niall Strachan - Bronto Skylift) in Inverness, a bass player (Ryan Drever - PAWS) in Glasgow and a drummer (Paul Bannon - Lady North) in Edinburgh.
It’s pretty simple, this music: the band call it thrash-pop, and that’s what it is - intense, short, sharp bursts of hugely hummable guitar pop.
It’s informed by US indie rock, their live show is, erm, enthusiastic to say the least, and frequently ends up with yet more damage to Niall’s long-suffering guitar and members of the band sprawled out amongst the audience.
Niall tells me he has another fifty Elks demos recorded and ready to be turned into fully realised songs at the drop of a hat, but for the time being we’ll be concentrating on these ten. They’ve been nagging me to get touring, have a slot booked at Brew at the Bog and are chasing down pretty much every other festival in the country, and want to record again as soon as possible.
In short, these guys have an absolute ton of energy to go with their awesome songs. It’s enough to tire me out just chatting with them.
Oh, and Mrs. Toad likes them a lot, and she never really likes anything we release.
Producer & Editor - Greame Roger
Camera - Mike Webster & Scott Willis
Tech & Lighting - Phil Wiles
Thanks to Abby Loveland Roger & Finlay Powlesland-Spears