Elephant Wrecking Ball is an electronic-infused instrumental power trio featuring Neal “Fro” Evans of Dopapod on drums and Scott Flynn and Dan Africano of John Brown’s Body on trombone and bass, respectively. While they’re not on the road with their other projects, the three musicians try to find time to come together as Elephant Wrecking Ball and bring their unique and avant-garde blend of jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music to the masses. Eschewing the norms of genre and any type of explicit classification, the group is adventurous and musically held together by their underlying tightness as a crew.
Last weekend, on August 20th, Elephant Wrecking Ball took over Brooklyn Bowl, with the three-piece playing an hour-and-a-half of music for their cult following of rabid fans. During the show, the band was joined by Snarky Puppy saxophonist Chris Bullock for two numbers, “Five Bucks” and “Do We Ah”, and by guitarist Dave Fullerton of Deaf Scene during “Mountain Lion.” In addition to pulling tunes from their older catalog, the group also laid down a stellar rendition of their relatively new song, “Jogging.” Across the board, the show was a smashing success, with eager fans keeping a watchful eye on this side project turned musical powerhouse as the group continues their mini-tour of the East Coast over the next week.
You can take a listen to Elephant Wrecking Ball’s show at Brooklyn Bowl for yourself below, recording courtesy of Matt Moricle. Also, don’t forget get to check out the group’s upcoming tour schedule, which wraps up on Sunday with a show in Baltimore, Maryland, at the 8×10.
Elephant Wrecking Ball Upcoming Tour Dates
Aug. 23 Wed. @ Funk ‘n Waffles in Syracuse, NY *
Aug. 24 Thu. @ Flour City Station in Rochester, NY *
Aug. 25 Fri. @ Night Lights Music Festival in Panama, NY
Aug. 26 Sat. @ Zeno’s in State College, PA *
Aug. 27 Sun. @8×10 in Baltimore, MD *
* = w/ Deaf Scene