At Spinnup one of the things we love most is discovering new talent. This week we’re proud to introduce emerging indie-rockers Elephant Radio and their new single Makes No Sense, which we’re absolutely buzzing for you to hear.
Heavily inspired by 60s & 70s rock and psychedelic pioneers, fans of The Beatles, The Doors, The Strokes, Oasis, Tame Impala and many more, will dig Elephant Radio.
Hailing from Eastbourne, the band was born of singer-songwriter Freddie Marlow, who wrote their first EP at University and swiftly teamed up with guitarist Joe Walsh. The duo graced many open mics before joining drummer Liam Avery and synth player Archie Green.
The band dropped their dreamy debut EP California FM in June 2018 which was produced independently. Later that year, they picked up bassist Seb Marlow to form the five-piece and got straight to work writing new music.
Elephant Radio have built-up a loyal following, gigging locally as well as headlining Sofar Sounds sessions in London, Bristol and Amsterdam. They’ve played at venues including The Roundhouse, The Hope And Ruin and Camden Assembly (their favourite) and have also supported the likes of Scouting for Girls and Mallory Knox. What’s more, they’ve scored lots of airplay on BBC Introducing and performed Live Lounge sessions for BBC Introducing South and BBC Kent. Most recently, they’ve picked up management from NS&A who’s clientelle includes The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. They recently did an amazing livestream with Jägermeister x Benumu Sessions which you can check out below.
The south-coast rockers are already making waves this year with their latest release Makes No Sense, available now on Spinnup Presents Playlist! It’s an old-school rock anthem with a modern edge sporting major nostalgic vibes. The organ, inspired by Ray Manzarek (The Doors), is laminated with distorted guitars and Bowie-esque vocals and screams. Its chorus harmonies and punky guitar riff also reminds us of The Who’s ‘My Generation’. The track has us singing along in no time with its catchy hook and memorable lyrics.
“I sat down with the idea to write a song that made no sense. It was written in about ten minutes,” Freddie says. “Ironically this song makes more sense than most of our others. It means that in the times that make no sense, you should try and stay positive.” (As the song goes, ‘don’t let it hurt you, don’t let the feeling bring you down’).
BBC Radio 6 has said the song “could almost be an anthem for our strange times”, and we totally agree. Makes No Sense is definitely gonna be our soundtrack to the current dystopia. You can check out the official music video for Makes No Sense, which features the boys in Echo Zoo Studios here (also where they produced the single and their upcoming one).
As if we couldn’t get enough of Elephant Radio, they are treating us to another release ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ on May 15th, which they’ve just released the artwork for. It’s a chilled acoustic track heavily influenced by The Beatles about “stepping back and easing into life with the people you love”.
Whilst you can’t see them live at the moment – but we urge that definitely you do when you can – you can watch their live sessions on YouTube. And to keep up with the lads’ releases and posts, be sure to give them a like on Facebook and follow on Instagram.