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Elephant Revival at The Catalyst Club

April 5, 2018
8:30 pm
The Catalyst Club

Elephant Revival is coming to The Catalyst Club on Thursday, April 5, 2018! The Catalyst Club 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone:(831) 423-1338 www.catalystclub.com A haunting sound, at once evocative and mysterious, ushers in Petals, the latest album by Elephant Revival. Notes rise and suffuse the silence; are joined by a deep bass drone, a quiet pulse of cello and a percussive tick: daybreak made music. That first sound on the lead track, "Hello You Who," is a steel guitar, and its cinematic swell foreshadows the exploration of new territory by this beloved Rocky Mountain ensemble. A new band member and the introduction of instruments like the pedal steel and the cello into their already impressive treasure trove of strings and percussion are just the beginning. Petals embodies a deepening, as the musicians dive into themes of loss and rebirth, time and memory, love unbound by body or farewell. "Hello you who moves with me in a dance/Hello you who moves me like the sea/...Who loves me Love loves me just to be." This hello is both a celebration of unconditional love and an invitation to join Elephant Revival in its wayfaring. The death of a close friend having left its indelible mark on the band, many of the songs on Petals represent what guitarist Daniel Rodriguez calls "an honoring and a coping." But this is not an album about despair or darkness; it's a thanksgiving and a prayer for what endures and returns. "She thanks the sky, and she walks the earth/...To the broken-hearted, to the burdened, too/To everyone, peace tonight" ("Peace Tonight"). This idea is embodied in the very name Elephant Revival: moved by the separation and subsequent death of three elephants at the Chicago zoo, bass and mandolin player Dango Rose was inspired to busk in front of what was once their enclosure. Not just a gesture, but a true endeavor to create meaning and grace from loss. Petals, the band's fourth album, is, in fact, a revival. As ever, Nature is both a real and metaphorical touchstone in Elephant Revival's work, from the petals pressed into the book of memory in the title track ("These petals intended for giving release"), to the seasons spinning through death and rebirth in "Season Song." There are intimations too, of the ominous vulnerability of Nature to our darker impulses. In "Raindrops," Bonnie Paine sings, "Raindrops on the rooftops he said/Just stop and listen/Constant as the earthquakes." She is both warning of the real effects of fracking and reminding us that a remedy may lie in deep listening--to each other and to the earth itself. The band's commitment to community and the environment remains at the core of their music. Tickets + Info: https://www.catalystclub.com/event/1604109-elephant-revival-santa-cruz/ Ages 16+ Doors 8:30pm / Show 9pm Tickets: $12 / $15

The Catalyst Club

1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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