Ball Room Stage
Elephant Wrecking Ball
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM (event ends at 12:30 AM)
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
The Boston born, now generally Northeast based, but ever on-the-go Dopapod has come a long way from their college basement, DIY party roots. While maintaining to be as grassroots as their humble beginnings, the group has earned praise from taste making critics like Huffington Post, Jambase, and Relix, all the while tending to their ever expanding community of devoted listeners. The past 4 years have individually held the weight of about 150 shows, and included numerous festival appearances like Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Peach Fest, & Gathering Of the Vibes. All of this time on stage together has given the band the opportunity to explore the wide variety of influences that has impacted them to be the players they are today. But, don’t be quick to think that the no holds barred openness to experimenting is unguided. While the brush in their hand uses every color, it’s the stroke on the canvas that gives Dopapod a distinct voice in the way of crafty songwriting.
That calculated compositional mindset and restless nature to never sit too still is what has allowed Dopapod to fully realize their fourth studio release, Never Odd Or Even. Guitarist/vocalist Rob Compa giddily tells, “We really felt that the material this time around represented a big leap forward, not just in the way we’ve been interacting as a band, but in the way our focus has become sharper in paying attention to things like melody, theme, lyrical imagery, and structure – all the elements that make a great song.”
Determined to have that maturity translate in the studio, the band enlisted friend and producer Jason “Jocko” Randall to both engineer and produce the record. Keys/vocalist Eli Winderman couldn’t be happier about how things went. “We lived at his studio for about a month for these sessions and it just clicked right away. Jocko immediately became another member of band in many ways. With his attitude and approach to the recording process, we were able to really dial in the sounds we wanted, get those perfect takes we were aiming for, and have a blast the whole way through.”
Dropping on November 11, in the midst of an extensive Fall Tour, Never Odd Or Even is the spark that the band plans to ignite while in full stride of capping off an exciting year and launching them into the next.
Elephant Wrecking Ball
An amalgamation of heavy grooves, ambient dub, and otherworldly sounds, Elephant Wrecking Ball transports listeners into familiar yet uncharted musical territories. A tight and disciplined drum and bass combo provide a ground shaking foundation on which an effect-laden trombone applies layers of ethereal mayhem, spinning audiences into a state of submission and head-nodding satisfaction. The word “unique” understates what awaits when you float into the aggressively nurturing, deliberately cosmic soundscape created by this Boston-born trio.
Elephant Wrecking Ball is the brainchild of Scott Flynn and his desire to make a monophonic, trombone-driven trio sound as big and dynamic as any other power trio. One night in Boston, while attending the Berklee College of Music, he stumbled upon the performance of a wildly creative sax player using effects pedals, which spurred his interest in using effects on his trombone. He rounded up a handful of effects pedals and started Mother Vibration, a trio that composed and improvised around these new sounds.
After the band parted ways, Scott found powerhouse drum and bass duo Dan Africano and Neal Evans, who were blowing doors open with the bombastic blues rock group Cashed Fools. The pair had established an uncanny synchronization as a rhythm section, and seemed the perfect fit for what would evolve into Elephant Wrecking Ball.
The band first played together while living under the same roof in Allston, MA. At the time, Scott was touring regularly with reggae group John Brown's Body, and Neal was touring with Dopapod, a Boston-born jam band. A wide variety of influences wove everything from heavy metal, punk rock, avant garde jazz and dub reggae into the band's first works. The band wrote, rehearsed and performed as schedules allowed, growing steadily for three years, as Scott transitioned into a roll with Pretty Lights live band. After an 8-song demo record followed by full-length live record, Live Demolition, they released full-length studio album "Barren Serenade" on Ropeadope Records and are busier than ever.
Elephant Wrecking Ball couples a grounded sense of discipline and integrity with exuberant and joyful exploration, experimentation, passion and expression. They are dedicated to making music that is unlike any other, constantly striving for a memorable, new sound.
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