Element 115 from Phoenix, AZ. Holy wow.
First, a little background on our Band You’ve Never Heard of Band of the Day. We Synthesis folks have a SonicBids account, and bands hit us in hopes of us writing about them on our blog or in our magazine. Most of these bands are pretty terrible. Real shitty. Shitty, shitty, shitty. Just plain awful. There are some fairly decent bands too, but most of them are only barely so. It’s mostly stinky poo-poos. But, then there are the bands who are really doing something…er, different…who capture the imagination of we bloggers, and rise from among the soiled ranks and into our hearts. Element 115 is one of those bands, and for God’s sake I hope they take that quote and put it at the top of their damn bio.
You should of course have been listening to Element 115 from the link at the top of the page this whole time. If you’re not, please open another window and do so now.
See? Holy wow!
Here’s the rundown:
1. Classic rock style band with original classic rock songs. About cars and aliens.
2. Band leader “Michael” belts out hair-raising hair-rock howls like woah.
3. Their drummer is an alien being that plays with the band live via interstellar video conferencing.
4. Read that last bit again.
5. In full support of Ron Paul (god bless them).
6. Headset mics.
7. No full songs on their page, just clips (no one rides for free…)
8. Dude’s rocking a Gibson Explorer. LEGIT.
9. Bring their own light and stage show.
10. “the band GUARANTEES a memorable event when they play.”
11. LISTEN TO THAT ROCK! FUCKING FUCK!
I’m really honestly confused right now. I am caught between ridiculing this band and genuinely appreciating their cheese factor. Is this infatuation ironic or genuine? I’m not sure! As I’ve been listening to them for an hour straight I imagine I must actually like this band, and God help me. The amount of work that has gone into this band is seriously staggering. It’s just the music is the most mind boggling mix of pop metal and prog-rock, and I bet they have no idea how funny and awesome it is.
I kinda want to join this band.
Seriously out of this world.
Below the jump you will fine the real-time, non edited AIM conversation between me and Editorial Director James Barone about Element 115.
AIM IM with ElrodBaRONE 1/15/08 4:44 PM
wanna hear a GREAT SonicBids band?
it’s taking forever to load up. are they really good?
woah is right
I thought they were kidding
I thought thsi must be a rad joke band
that second song starts off with one hell of a YEEEAAAAAHHHHHOOOOWWWW
their ballad is pretty money too
what’s it called?
now they’re singingabout “liberty”
they have a song called ‘hot cars.’
Element 115 out of Pheonix
yeah, it’s a song about cars
that was a good one too
I am SERIOUSLY listening to all of their songs
i wanna go drive down there and check them out. you know they play gigs at the hooters in tempe.
and at the hotel
the indian casino.
on teh indian reserve
i’d go see them and end up waking up next to some 54 year old woman in a trailer park.
three days later
with strange,inexplicablr marks all over your body
yeah…with a tattoo that has ‘mother’ spelled wrong on it.
and missing a kidney
hahaha…and a two pack a day cigarette habit.
Element 115, thank you, thank you, thank you
they’re my favorite band on sonic bids so far.
I think me too
oh man. ‘warrior.’
I already wrote a SB blog today, but these guys might need a special addition
if only it wasn’t jsut a 30 second sample
i know. that sucks.
The band GUARANTEES a memorable event when they play.
please get them to play up here.
I am booking them right now
our acceptance letter will be of Pulitzer quality
Elelmet 115 plays live withheadset mics
and an Explorer
why do they keep getting better?
how old are they?
well, there are a few youngins, like late teens, early 20s
but the man wo is apparently responsible for the whole thing looks to be mid 40s
greying long hair
no. no. that would be cheesy.
no, this is a class act sir
I think their alien drummer migh wear a hawiaan shirt tough
what’s up with the alien drummer?
well, it’s actually a pretty cool idea
they have a drum machine apparently
and project images on tv of an alien playing drums
or so I’ve gathered
i think they’re too big for chico. redding maybe.
ooh, the convention center
or maybe Win River casino
I just heard the woaaaah! screech again
someone’s gotta get on this.
that really is a special thing they have going on there
“I’ve got a powerful hhhhhhhhhowl!”
their myspace is cool tyoo
they are in favor of Ron paul, for one
they have about 100 listens today
it suits them.
i wonder who the alien is voting for.
I would imagine Kucinich
they are of the same people.