“With Swimming Static on deck at the end of this month, it’s time to dive back into Katy Sargent’s decisive vocals with neo-soul inflections alongside synths and strings that make you move. “Small Plastic Heart” especially delivers the dance floor nostalgia we’re all pining for right now.” – Paste
“A rich tapestry of sounds from indie, electronica, pop, and soul… the band weaves these disparate elements together with propulsive beats, lush instrumentals, and sharply honed melodies” – Under The Radar on “Sacred”
“Between their highly devoted approach to songwriting and their intuitive ability to hone in their sound, the record is a snapshot of a trio that’s perfectly in sync, working lock-in-step to craft something melodic, meaningful and masterful.” – American Songwriter
“There’s a strong ’90s dance vibe with the house-y ‘Sacred’.” – BrooklynVegan
Bristol-based Electronic-pop Trio ELDER ISLAND Announce Headline U.S. 2021 Fall Tour
Pre sale starts today (June 8th)
General on sale 10amEST on Friday (June 11th)
JUNE 8, 2021 (Bristol, UK) — Hot on the heels of their sophomore album release Swimming Static (independently released on May 28, 2021), Elder Island will be returning to the U.S. this November and December for a nineteen-date headline tour. Kicking off on November 9th at Boston’s Sinclair, the band will hit many major markets in the US with stops in DC (Union Stage on November 10th), NYC (Irving Plaza on November 11th), Chicago (Lincoln Hall on November 16th), San Francisco (Regency on November 26th), Los Angeles (Fonda on November 28th), and wraps up December 8th in Atlanta.
Elder Island’s live shows have taken on a shape and reputation of their own; refusing to rely on electronic backing tracks or pre-recordings, the band create unique and atmospheric experiences where multi-layered beats and melodic broodings stir emotions and never fail to get crowds dancing. Following 2019’s acclaimed debut album The Omnitone Collection, Elder Island’s newly released ten-track record Swimming Static, recorded over the past year in their home studio, sees the band reach new heights of expertly crafted experimentation. Flitting between the surreal dream-state of electronica and the storytelling-esque lyricisms of indie, the new album tempers introspection with a coveted taste of feel-good pop, offering dashes of neo-soul at the core. You can expect to hear the infectious songs that shapeshift and captivate such as “Feral,” “Small Plastic Heart,” “Purely Educational,” “Sacred,” and “Queen Of Kings” live this fall.
Listen to Swimming Static HERE: https://orcd.co/swimmingstatic
The collaborative nature of the group’s work shines during live performances where vocalist and cellist Katy Sargent, bassist and beat maestro Luke Thornton and guitarist and synth master David Havard charismatic friendship radiates as much from their music as from their on-stage interaction. Elder Island’s past UK headline tours have been a sold-out success, and 2019 saw Elder Island take The Omnitone Tour to Europe and North America twice, with over 60 dates in total. That included selling out shows in New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Los Angeles’s El Rey Theatre, and London’s Roundhouse. In February 2020, the band played as special guest co-headliners alongside Maribou State to a sold-out crowd of 5,000 fans at London’s Printworks, and the band have now set their sights on 2021 touring.
The band released five singles from Swimming Static, and garnered plays from the likes of 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens among others. They’ve been playlisted by Spotify on over 39 New Music Fridays (UK, US, Global, Philippines + more), New Alternative, and featured on the cover of both Indie Dancefloor & Release Radar.
TOUR DATES with Support by CLAVVS
November 9 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair TICKETS
November 10 – Washington DC @ Union Stage TICKETS
November 11 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza TICKETS
November 13 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount TICKETS
November 15 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club TICKETS
November 16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall TICKETS
November 18 – Boulder, CO @ The Fox Theater TICKETS
November 19 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird TICKETS
November 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial TICKETS
November 23 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos TICKETS
November 24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom TICKETS
November 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency TICKETS
November 27 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box TICKETS
November 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda TICKETS
November 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar TICKETS
December 2 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co. TICKETS
December 3 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall TICKETS
December 4 – Austin, TX @ The Parish TICKETS
December 6 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East TICKETS
December 8 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl TICKETS
About Elder Island:
Elder Island are vocalist and cellist Katy Sargent, bassist and beat maestro Luke Thornton and guitarist and synth master David Havard.
Carving out a genre-defying space for themselves in our musical landscape, Elder Island captivate with shapeshifting songs. The trio’s sound cherry-picks and transforms elements from genres as diverse as electronica, indie, pop and neo-soul. The result is a web of sound that threads poetic lyricism and unfamiliar instruments over a backdrop of electronic elements and synth-heavy dance beats.
Their sophomore album Swimming Static follows 2019’s acclaimed debut The Omnitone Collection, which has seen the band amass a massive 200 million global streams and over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING:
“The Bristol electro-pop trio provides all of the elements of what you’d want to listen to heading out of the pandemic darkness and into summer: splendid vocals from singer and cellist Katy Sargent, groovy bass lines from Luke Maestro, polished synths from David Harvard and an incredibly danceable overall aesthetic. Fusing trip-hop and electro, “Sacred” feels true to its Bristol roots, while the thumping pulse and progressive buildup of “Small Plastic Heart” is a moment of sheer elation. This is music that’s just downright fun to listen to, and the limited but stellar back catalog is likewise solid gold.” – SF Chronicle
“Elder Island’s sophomore record is even more reflective and atmospheric than any of their previous releases combined… What you get from this Bristol-based group is thoughtful, “digestible,” and danceable music. As much as you can simply love the chill, comprehensible folksy dance group, you can also look to them for introspective pondering and contemplation.” – The Aquarian
‘”Alluringly hypnotic vocals courtesy of lead singer Katy Sargent with a slow but sticky beat that builds to an ethereal climax. The booming synths and wide-open soundscape earns its place as one of the most solid dance-tracks in Elder Island’s discography.”- The Alternative on “Sacred”
“Upbeat and underscored by a funk-led bassline, vocalist Katy Sargent’s reverb-laden vocals glide through a glistening dancefloor, shifting between gradually building synth keys, into full force electro-pop.“
– Velvet Independant on “Purely Educational”
“Feeling like the lovechild of Arctic Monkeys’ A.M. and Warpaint’s Head’s Up, the swanky pop sound plays a tug-o-war with dark and light.“- The Alternative on “Feral”
“[Swimming Static] seethes with boredom, thrill, fear and horror. It’s yet another entry into the setlist at the club at the end of the world. You’re going to love it.” – Gigwise
“Elder Island Create Genre Defiant Comfort Food For Your Ears On Stylish Electro-Tinged Beauty Swimming Static” – Rock and Roll Fables
“The track, gushing with synths that bounce with the determination of an animal on the prowl, is destined for the radio and worldwide acclaim.” – Play Too Much on “Sacred”
“Their emotional and experimental take on music is hard-hitting” – One Great Song