PEERLESS PICK OF THE WEEK: ELK

Elk is made up of Dom Main (vox/electronics), Jamie Wesley (guitar), Will Soutter (drums/electronics) and James Kerr (bass).  They met whilst at Durham University, studying for the medical and scientific careers they have since established, and formed Elk. They have been playing together ever since.

Elk have played on stages all over the UK, and embarked on two nationwide tours playing venues including Camden AssemblyManchester Academy, the Cavern Club and O2 Academy Liverpool. They have also been gathering attention from UK radio including Xfm and BBC Introducing.

It is almost impossible to confine the music of Elk to one single genre. Drawing on a wide variety of influences, including Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Daughter and a whole host of 80s gems, which have all fused to produce their latest EP 'Specimen'. 

Specimen was written in an attic in rural Shropshire, a place where they could explore space, texture and transformation. A decade of making music together built a strong foundation but they have all evolved, musically, since then. The EP was mastered by Cem Oral (NIN, Gwen Stefani, Coldcut etc) at Jammin Masters studios in Berlin. The artwork is by contemporary artist Matthieu Leger.

"Specimen doesn’t define Elk but rather sets out their stall in terms of skilful musicianship and unbounded innovation. By taking this unorthodox adventure into unmapped soundscapes, Elk have shown they are willing risk-takers and fearless experimentalists who put originality ahead of populism." - Fresh On The Net

Elk will take to the stage of Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen on Friday 1st December.

Event Info: hotvox.co.uk/events/gwen-and-good-thing
Venue Info: hotvox.co.uk/venues/hoxton-sq-bar-kitchen
Ticket Info: fatsoma.com/hotvox
More Info: hotvox.co.uk

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