Element 57

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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

In the land of indie, Element57 is the modern rock band the great NW has been brewing since their inception in 2004. A 5-piece powerhouse that has been compared to the likes of Velvet Revolver & Audioslave, the band of veteran rockers shows 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 Sean Norton at his Portland, OR-based studio SNAP, 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.”

Coming off winning the 2006 Independent Music Award– BEST ROCK SONG (for “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 245+ 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). Coming up in the summer/fall 2009, MTV/VH1 & The E–Channel have licensed music off “Ripcord” to be used in the shows: The Real World, Road Rules, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, The City, Cribs, Teen Cribs, Parental Control and more!

While the album is their strongest yet, the live show has also risen to new heights visually. When members Chris Galyon (vox, guitar), Jason Wilbur (sax, midiwind), Joe Gardner (drums), Andy Kallenberger (bass), Justin DeFreece (guitar) take to the stage these days audiences are connecting like never before. Galyon comments, “After several years behind the mic, you learn that it takes more than just good music to get people excited. We’ve finally found that ingredient to connect to audiences on a grand scale...our fans are responding to live shows like never before...And its no wonder, 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 several western U.S. tours. The band is currently promoting Ripcord online and playing shows throughout the NW. Look for them at a venue near you.

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