It's not every day that a Brown University graduate with a degree in economics lands an opening gig with one of the hottest bands around, but that's the case here. Diego Garcia, frontman for NYC's soon-to-be on the tip of everyone's tongue rock band Elefant, came to the Big Apple to start a band following his graduation from Brown in 2000 and in only three years, he's put together a band more than worthy of opening for the likes of Interpol. In April, Elefant release their debut full length, Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid, on New York indie label Kemado. For those that have not heard it, and I suspect there are many of you, it's an '80s-influenced dark pop masterpiece. Morrissey-esque gloomy vocals are the staple of Garcia's vocal style and are complimented by heavy new wave sounding instrumentation. The band has toured a little bit in support of their debut, but have never landed a tour as big as this. On Monday (10/6), they played their first opening spot for Interpol at Stubbs BBQ in Austin.
Tomorrow night, the band will continue their 11-date stint with Interpol in Atlanta as they head back to the East Coast for dates at the Hammerstein in NYC, Avalon in Boston, and 9:30 Club in DC. If you're going to these shows, get their early, you won't regret it. If you're not going to make out, go by Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid. It rules.
Interpol dates w/ Elefant:
10.09.03 - Atlanta, GA (Coca Cola Roxy Theatre)
10.10.03 - Orlando, FL (The Club at Firestone)
10.11.03 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Venu)
10.13.03 - Raleigh (Disco Rodeo)
10.14.03 - Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
10.15.03 - New York, NY (Hammerstein Ballroom)
10.16.03 - Boston, MA (Avalon)
10.17.03 - Boston, MA (Avalon)
10.18.03 - Washington, DC (9:30 Club)