Torstein Lofthus - drums
Elephant9 is a musical monster.
It may sound bold, but there is no other way of describing this band.
Music is at its purest and strongest when it feels free, dynamic and ever evolving. In a time where music - more often than not - is held back by electronic devices, set timeframes and rigid song structures, it’s refreshing to witness the exact opposite.
The members of the group have a strong history in bands like Bigbang, Shining, Motorpsycho and Supersilent, but it’s within the constellation Elephant9 that these three musicians have been given the ultimate playground to showcase their eclectic tastes and musical abilities.
Through Torstein Lofthus’ thunderous and hazardous drumming, bass player Nikolai Hængsle’s steady, thumping timekeeping, keyboardist and organ player Ståle Storløkken’s rich and uncompromising layers of sounds – they give you sounds and rhythm structures that have made grown men and women cry and laugh in joy. Elephant9 find inspiration in music that pushes the envelope, which has made music journalists dig deep for fitting descriptions. The circular melodic themes of Tangerine Dream have been mentioned, so has the blazing, phasing world of Jimi Hendrix. And it doesn’t stop there. Other reviewers have namedropped John Coltrane, Deep Purple, Soft Machine, King Crimson and Fela Kuti – all artists who have in common that they disregarded the rules and have stood the test of time as a result of that. Still, Elephant9 feel no desire in being regarded as “retro”, as they venture into a new chaotic time for music - where technology seems to have made people abandon tired descriptions and references – with open arms.
The mix of their collective preferences and unique musical abilities make Elephant9 stir up a unique, uncontrollable and extrovert sound that aims to entertain and mesmerize its audience.
In other words – There is no good reasons to stay at home this evening!