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This started as a review of Bloodpheasant’s latest LP, but I lost everything so it’ll become two separate posts.  I’ll start with The Elephant Graveyard…

1982186_617193725032402_92599391_nOne of the best parts of playing in a DIY band is playing at non-conventional “venues” and submerging yourself in said culture surrounding the places. The Elephant Graveyard stands in a “dead zone” on acres of farmland in Chester, NY. You wouldn’t know it just by looking at it, but the barn houses some of the most high-energy, diverse and positive shows I’ve been to in years- the kind of shows that remind me of why I started playing music and reaffirm my involvement in it when things go sour. The kind of shows where the focus truly lays on the music and the message.

Jay and Drew of Common Folk book everything from stripped down folk-punk to in your face hardcore and they always lend a hand to help touring bands.  They aren’t the only ones making things happen there, though.  Colin Jay of Entropy often has a hand in booking and Jay’s parents are so supportive they actually cook vegan friendly meals for the bands and proceed to stay to watch the show.  It’s a true privilege to have met this group of people who first welcomed me back when I was playing with Melissa (aka Francie Moon) and who continue to support projects I’ve done since.  I’ve met a lot of great people and have been exposed to some music that will stick with me for a while because of this place.  I just want to leave this here as a “thank you.”  “All good things come to and end” or at least need a break sometimes, I guess.  I’m hoping with The Elephant Graveyard it’s the latter and they come back strong and continue contributing to the scene they helped build.  Come to the  bon voyage show this Saturday at 7pm with Control, Tesla’s Revenge, Common Folk, and Entropy.  Wear a costume.  Listen to each band below.





Google provides two definitions for “entropy.”    One definition derives from thermodynamics and results from the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into a mechanical work.  In other words, energy that is less able to do work…useless energy.   Another describes a lack of order and predictability.   Attributes of each definition can be loosely connected to Orange County NY’s Entropy, but neither can fully describe the band. Entropy (the hardcore-punk band) approaches song writing while adhering to the 2nd as they speed through unexpected song-structures that may seem to lack order upon first listen.  However, as you spin their debut full-length again and again you realize they merely disguised this “disorder” as their no-bullshit brand of melodic hardcore-punk via 10 hyperactive/constantly moving tracks that leave no room for steady breathing.  Since their swift introduction earlier this year, the quartet shows no signs of stopping and continues to gain momentum.  They bring a self-propelling energy and drive that many bands of the genre lack and, contrary to the 1st definition above,  the energy is useful and keeps them moving.   Along with no-bullshit tunes comes no-bullshit artwork which they pressed and printed 75 times via Station 3 Records for your listening pleasure.   Listen/purchase the album HERE.