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Bent By Elephants at Divan Orange

Posted by Amelia / May 12, 2010

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Bent By Elephants is a band I always expected would play a great show. On MySpace, the Montreal-based group's songs caught my attention, but they felt a bit hemmed in by the four walls of my computer, so to speak. I got the sense that live, they would really have the necessary space to breathe. Seeing them at Divan Orange last Sunday confirmed my suspicions. The band was launching their first LP, called This Is Water, and they played a beautiful, energy-filled set to mark the occasion.

Bent By Elephants came to be in 2008 and since then they've honed a rich, textured sound that frontwoman Chesley Walsh says is influenced as much by "rhythmically-driven music from West Africa," as it is by popular folk and pop. Each of the band's seven members is, simply, an incredibly talented music maker, and together they create songs that are full of listenable melodies and interesting layers.

At their best moments - and there are many of those - Bent By Elephants are dynamic, spontaneous, and compelling to watch. But their songs could be longer, especially when they're playing them live. All the strengths listed above equal live performances that gather a lot of momentum, at the height of which their songs tend to end abruptly. Whether it's an intentional trope to leave the audience wanting more, or just a relatively young band still growing into itself, is hard to know. But Walsh says the group hopes to start to tour more in the coming months, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again after they've been on the road a while, playing together night after night. I have a feeling they'll be even better when they return.

Photo courtesy of Bent By Elephants.

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Regina / February 4, 2015 at 02:39 am
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yes I have, i've actually been going to bp for a while now and am still in love with it. getrahing some pics and going to do a review on them soon =). how would u compare BP to HC (i know its a sensitive question these days)
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