Today, Boston-based progressive rock quartet ElephantProof announced plans for a four-show northeast run in January 2022. The project, born nearly a decade ago at Berklee College of Music, features founding members of Goose Ben Atkind (Drums) and Chris Enright (Keys), as well as Sean Cronin (Guitar) and Shon Gordon (Bass). Tour commences on 1/7 at Soundcheck Studios in Pembroke, MA, followed by a show at the brand-new Park City Music Hall in Bridgeport, CT on 1/8. The subsequent weekend will see the band visit Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs, NY on 1/14. ElephantProof will close the run with an inaugural visit to The Fillmore Philadelphia to open for Baltimore-based funk act Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.
“2021 was a big year for us - we released new studio material, and we were so stoked to finally perform again at Fred [The Festival],” said Ben Atkind (Drums). “We can’t wait to take this project out on the road next year and show everyone what we’ve been working on.”
Performances at Soundcheck Studios and Putnam Place will include supporting sets from Saratoga Springs rock band Annie in the Water, and Connecticut psych-groove quartet KRIS will open the show at Park City Music Hall.
This week, ElephantProof released a pro-shot video featuring a live rendition of original single “Baltimore Scrappledorf.” The uncompromisingly gritty track showcases the band’s command of cohesive dissonance, slowly amalgamating complex themes into a toe-tapping dance tune. “Baltimore Scrappledorf” was recorded and engineered by Robert Aceto at Gary’s Electric Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and the video was directed by Bryan Murphy.
ElephantProof is a euphonic snapshot of the unique sonic energy born at the house parties your best friends still talk about to this day. Refined by disciplined training and years of performance experience, Ben Atkind (Drums), Sean Cronin (Guitar), Chris Enright (Keys) and Shon Gordon (Bass) are reconnected, traipsing along the rigid confines of genre using erudite tonal expression.
The four members met at Berklee College of Music and officially established ElephantProof in 2012, quickly becoming a cornerstone in a Boston music scene brimming with emerging talent. After a string of successful local performances in 2014, ElephantProof members elected to explore a season of separation in pursuit of individual artistic identity. Atkind and Enright became founding members of Goose, while Cronin and Gordon found roles with a handful of diverse musical acts in the Northeast.
The band returned to the studio in 2021 to complete EP EP, a seven-track project comprised of tracks written over the past decade. The project, a collage of precise musicianship, free-flowing improvisation, showmanship, and humor, arrived before a premiere late-night set at Lockn’ Presents: Fred the Festival. Armed with fresh material and a thirst for musical exploration, ElephantProof will return to the road in 2022.