Strings opens winter season in Steamboat with Elephant Revival
November 8, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Elephant Revival's Daniel Rodriguez started by digging into his father's record collection.
He burned through Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors and the Beatles. As he progressed to his brother’s CD collection, Metallica, Nirvana, Jewel and Cat Stevens crept into his musical tastes.
But what was the first purchase of his own?
"MC Hammer's 'You Can't Touch This,'" he said. "I'm sure our fans will get a kick out of that."
The fan base of the Nederland band is ever growing. Although Rodriguez said there hasn't been a "we've made it moment," it's hard to argue Elephant Revival's musical arc isn't close to its peak.
The band, fresh off the release of its latest album, plays at 7 p.m. Sunday at Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased by clicking here.
"This has been my favorite record," said Rodriguez, who plays guitar, the banjo and sings. "I feel like it has some freshness to it, some continuity to it. There is a continuous mood I think we achieved more so on this record than other records."
The band spent a month at Bear Creek Studios outside Seattle recording with producer Ryan Hadlock, who had produced albums for The Lumineers and Brandi Carlile.
On Elephant Revival's latest album, "These Changing Skies," there are sounds of the Lumineers in there, but the album feels complete.
From the first song to the last, it feels like a journey rather than pieces of songs put together.
The band spent a month working and living at the studio, waking to record at 9:30 a.m. and not stopping most days until 2 a.m.
"I think it was sort of opposite of exhausting," Rodriguez said. "To be in one place was nice since we spend so much of our life living on the road. I love being in the studio atmosphere. For the most part, we were able to capture the spirit of the song. We would do take after take until we felt we captured the song the way we wanted it portrayed to the world."
The band's sound is timeless. It's folksy, Americana and refined. It's music that would fit being played on a back porch or around a campfire just as much as to a live audience.
"Sometimes, after a show, an 18-year-old girl will say she shared her music with her parents or grandparents," Rodriguez said. "Or vice versa."
The Steamboat show will be the band's last before a mini-break. They'll play several shows around New Year's before departing on their first European tour.
"It's been good," Rodriguez said. "Everywhere we've been going, it's been sold-out shows. From Buffalo, N.Y., to Austin, Texas, to Portland, Ore. — everywhere we go, there is enthusiasm, and it's jam-packed."
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