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Looking for Portland’s Premiere Modern Rock Band? Element57 Answers the Call
“Sophomore release, Ripcord fuses modern rock radio-ready songs and a DIY demeanor into an album that finds the perfect musical duality”- Big Time Entertainment
“It is some of the most memorable rock you’ll run into. Element57 has forged a new rock sound for music fans who won’t be disappointed.”- Independent Weekly
Element57 has been around the PORTLAND, OR music scene since 2004. A 5-piece modern rock powerhouse that has been compared to the likes of Velvet Revolver & Audioslave, the band of veteran rockers show they are up to the task on their sophomore release, Ripcord. While one can immediately tell that the band’s sound is rooted in early 90’s rock, the songwriting, production and arrangements are clearly living in the here and now. Think Foo Fighters meet Peter Gabriel…on steroids! Recorded with long time Portland engineer/producer Sean Norton, Ripcord is one of those rare records filled with the perfect amount of duality. On the one hand, it is chalked full of modern rock radio-ready songs like “20 Minutes,” and “Weather” and on the other, it maintains a darker, emotive demeanor. From the ever-climbing title track, “Ripcord” to the driving pulse of “Lifeline,” the band overflows with energy and still meticulously attends to melody and form. Guitar and saxophone rise and fall over a waterfall of sound and a pounding groove. All of this is led by Chris Galyon’s incredibly dynamic vocals, which somehow simultaneously conjure up both Peter Gabriel and Chris Cornell. “We wanted to make a record that reflected exactly where we’ve come as a band without thinking about it too much,” says Galyon.“ So we walked in and let it loose. I think it really worked for us.”
Winning the 2006 Independent Music Award– BEST ROCK SONG (“Woke Up Late”-Radiate), Element57 hoped for even more industry accolade with Ripcord...and they seem to be getting it. All forms of radio have been quick to respond. Portland radio stations KUFO 101.1FM and 94.7FM KNRK as well as over 250 college, FM and public radio stations around the nation have added the songs “Ripcord”, Weather” and “20 Minutes” to their play lists (more radio play info. on reverse side). In the fall 2009, MTV/VH1 & The E–Channel have licensed the new album for: The Real World, Road Rules, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, The City, Cribs, Teen Cribs, Parental Control and more! In August E57 named “MTV2 Emerging Artist”…landing the band two live music videos and an interview broadcast on MTV2, NBC Sports, MTV2.com and Comcast On Demand. MTV2 chose the band to represent the Portland Music scene during the Dew Tour 2009 broadcasting live performances and interviews to the nation…all on the strength of Ripcord.
Element57 was born out of the ashes of nationally acclaimed DIY band- 4th Plane Jaiant, who built a 7 year legacy with two albums, Tideline (1998) and Bipolar (2001), college radio play and an incessant touring schedule. In 2004, founding members Chris Galyon, Andy Kallenberger & Jason Wilbur changed musical direction from a DMB inspired progressive Jam Band to the riff heavy, groove oriented Modern Rock E57 is today. Picking up Joe Gardner (Melody Guy) & Justin DeFreece (Hank Williams Jr.2) along the way completed the line-up to carry out the musical vision. Learn more at sonicbids.com/element57 & myspace.com/element57
Notable College Performances- University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon University, Chemekata Community College, Pacific University, Hood River Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, University of Portland, Portland State University, University of Washington, Washington State University, Puyallop U, Evergreen State ,University of Idaho, University of Montana, Montana State, University of California Monterey, University of California Berkley, University of Arizona, Arizona State, University of Northern Arizona.
Other Performances– Seattle Bite, Portland Bite, Taste of Tacoma, Portland Action Sports Expo, North by Northwest, MusicFest NW, Portland Local 99 Shwc