ELK play a free show at Yonge-Dundas Square on Friday (August 17). See listing. Rating: NNN
Toronto/Niagara's Elk channel early Kinks like no other indie band we've heard of late. On their second release for IndoorShoes, the youthful four-piece daydream about girls, girls and ladies, with nods to psychedelia, Phil Spector and the Rolling Stones.
They've got great classic guitar tones, driving drums and trebly, reverb-drenched backup vocals as well as the requisite organ parts, tambourine and handclaps. Tracks where they create space (Come Home), opt for a lighter touch (Something To Me) or speed up (Riverview) stand out from the pack of similar-sounding songs.
They obviously know where they're coming from and what they like musically; it'll be cool to hear where they take it from here.
Top track: Riverview