￼￼￼￼￼￼Glasgow trio Garden of Elks have been making waves in the Scottish music pool since their debut live performance at Bloc in November 2012. Made up of lead singer and guitarist Niall Strachan, bassist Ryan Drever and drummer Kirstin Lynn, the band have just released their debut EP, and are set to play this year’s Belladrum Festival on 2nd August and Doune The Rabbit Hole on 22nd August.
We caught up with Kirstin to find out more about the big haired three piece and their plans for the year ahead.
We’ll start with an easy one: where did the name Garden of Elks come from?
It’s all our lead singer/guitarist Niall’s (pronounced like “KNEEL”, as in to get on one’s knees) fault. Allegedly, “Words on a page came together.” An epic tale, I’m sure you’ll agree.
How would you describe your sound to the uneducated Scotcampus reader?
How uneducated are we talking? I’m assuming they can read if we’re this far down the page, so bearing that assumption in mind, imagine a cascade of popping candy on top of a rich chocolate cake. Then imagine a toddler coming in (probably that creepy baby from Dexter) and beating the whole thing with a wooden spoon until there’s nothing left but dark cake pulp and popping candy splattered up the walls.
Which of your tracks would you recommend for dipping a toe in the Elks pool and why?
Why dip a toe when you can immerse your whole body (sort of like an acoustic baptism)? The best way to cut the nonsense and hit the ground thrashing is to grab our debut EP, Extended Play, which was released on 20th May. You get four full tracks to slosh around in.
You’ve all been in different bands previously; how did you come together as a collective?
Again… Niall is to blame. Point fingers at him.
Are you particularly influenced by any other artists?
As expected we’re pretty eclectic across our three respective tastes or lack of it. Ryan is obsessed with Black Flag and Minutemen, while Niall and I are a bit more relaxed about what we listen to.
You are a very visual outfit with regards to creative merchandise and promo material. How do you think this helps “sell” the band?
We put into the band what we like to see from bands we admire, and as a creative process feel visuals and branding assist in creating a bold identity. We hope we’re succeeding in this, as well as having fun drawing
You’ve garnered a fair amount of gigs and media attention for a little foetus of a band. What’s been the highlight so far?
We had an absolute ball at our Wide Days showcase in Edinburgh, where we played a sweat-infested show to a sold out crowd at Sneaky Pete’s. Glasgow is our stomping ground, but Edinburgh has been a generous big uncle to us so far on the gig circuit.
How much hairspray do you get through before an average gig?
NONE actually (unless the boys apply it in secret). It makes your hair erect in all the wrong ways once you start thrashing about.
What’s next for GOE in 2013?
Lots more shows, festivals and recording our album as soon as we can.
And finally, what came first: the Garden or the Elks?
But what if a tree fell in the Garden and there were no Elks to hear it because their music was so loud, did the tree fall at all?