After a successful tour of Australia last year, which included a standout set at Mojo Burning, Israel garage power duo Elephant Hive have wasted no time returning to our shows, with a run of dates starting at Vinnie’s Dive on the Gold Coast on July 12 before moving to Brisbane’s Dead Of Winter Festival – headlined by Cog and Mammal – the next day. The tour then continues through Melbourne, Adelaide, and Western Australia before winding up in Sydney on July 28.
“We have written new tunes since our last visit”, said guitarist Rafael Cohen excitedly, “and we have toured Europe twice and completed the record. We’re keen on getting back in the studio and start working out the next one already”.
Before that happens though, Elephant Hive will be treating Australian fans to songs from their recently released debut album Buffs, with material from the offering accounting for a high percentage of their set.
“We’ll be playing the whole record except for the very last track on it”, drummer Tom Bollig proudly proclaimed. “It’s (the album) groovy, dirty, distorted and intense”.
With a sonic output combining African sounds and rhythms with alternative indie punk rock, Elephant Hive harnesses their creativity into a unique blending of stoner progressive rock. It is an eclectic mixture of styles that theoretically shouldn’t work but one Cohen stresses come about with minimal fuss.
“(It happens) very naturally”, he shrugged. “We never discuss or decide what elements define the nature of a certain tune, it just happens to be what it is. We like to keep the process intuitive”.
This sound is no better typified than on lead single from Buffs, ‘Khoshgele’, a three and a half minute journey that encapsulates each component of Elephant Hive’s musical psyche.
Their live performances have garnered glowing reviews on a global scale, with many critics paying homage to the intensity and technicality produced from just the two band members.
“A lot”, laughed Bollig when asked how much goes into the bands live performances. “Back in the day, we used to rehearse for five hours per day, four times a week”.
Despite the distance between their home country and Australia, Elephant Hive plans to continue their love affair with this nation.
“We think this is the start of a wonderful friendship”, smiled Bollig, “and we’re absolutely positive you’ll be seeing us often in the future. Come say hello, have a beer and grab a record or a shirt, because these flight tickets cost a ton (laughs)”.
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