2012-08-29

August 29, 2012
Winooski, VT
Monkey House

Premiere of "Amber Waves."

A review from Tim's Traingle Tribune:

It was a beautiful evening as I walked to the club. I got in, settled a bit, and pretty soon it was showtime. Elephants of Scotland opened with a pretty intense piece of music that I did not recognize. It meandered through a few moods before settling into a killer ending. The band were playing great. They sounded different but still really really good. It became obvious quickly that Dan and Ornan were going to be a fierce rhythm section. Both played with an intensity that oozed passion. MacDonald had Squiresque runs up and down the fret and McLean filled the songs wonderfully while driving them ever onward. The addition of a bass player let Rabin fill out the sound on keys, while playing the usual lead parts. John M Whyte (Lefty) stepped into the very large shoes, and played beautifully. His virtuosic playing was nicely augmented by his sense of where to put the notes. Oh yes, this was fun!They followed with a double shot of songs I recognized. Both The Other Room and Home Away From Home were rearranged a bit, but very familiar. I enjoyed the new versions just as much as the old ones, even though they were fairly different. They followed with another that I did not recognize, though like the first song, it was an older one with a new arrangement. It was pretty cool, but progressive rock is pretty demanding to listen to, and takes a few experiences to grasp. Consider this my learning period. I’ll have a better grasp, once I get to know them better. About half way into the song Rich Haskell showed up. I know he’s a prog fan, so I’ve been working on him to check out the Elephants. It was cool that he did. He was as impressed as I was.At one point in the set they pulled out the only cover. They did a killer version of Subdivisions. Dan sang it and Adam added the deep title voice. The rest of the set was re-worked versions of the old songs and a new song called Amber Waves. Everything was completely overwhelming, magnificently intense, and lots of fun. The last song of the night had a nice flow to it, and an over the top killer ending. What a great rock band! 

Show Set List: 

Mousetrap
The Other Room
Home Away From Home
The Seed
Geograph
Full Power
Subdivisions (Rush cover)
Starboard
Amber Waves
Errol McSquisitor