According to lead singer Diego Garcia, Elefant’s goal for their new album, The Black Magic Show, was to “capture the feeling of late nights in New York City, and what happens after 4 A.M.” If, for you, this conjures up images of wayward perverts and NYU kids throwing up on the subway, it’s important to bear in mind the fact that you are not Diego Garcia. Being named New York City’s Sexiest Lead Singer (New York Magazine, ’03) affords one certain opportunities on a Saturday night that generally aren’t available to the rank and file Manhattan partygoer.
Fortunately Garcia is backed by a crack band (Kevin McAdams, Jeff James, and Mod on drums, bass, and guitar, respectively) that know how to turn last night’s party into layered, New Wave-y guitar pop. Since their debut, 2003’s Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid, the band’s hooks have gotten bigger, as has their recording budget: The choruses on tracks like “The Clown” and “It’s a Shame” are embellished with all kinds of synth-flavored bells and whistles. The Black Magic Show does feel like a night out, just a better one than you’ll probably ever have.
Elefant tour dates:
5/3, Orlando, FL (The Social)* 5/4, Miami, FL (Studio A)*5/5, Gainesville, FL (Common Grounds)*5/6, Atlanta, GA (Roxy Theatre)*5/7, Charlotte, NC (Tremont Music)*5/9, Chicago, IL (Metro)*5/10, Cincinnati, OH (Alchemize)*5/11, Ann Arbor, MI (Blind Pig)*5/12, Toronto, ON (Mod Club)*5/13, Montreal, QC (Main Hall)*5/15, Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of Living Arts)*5/16, Baltimore, MD (Ottobar)*5/17, New York, NY (Webster Hall)*5/18, Boston, MA (Lansdowne Street)*5/19, Washington, DC (The Black Cat)*5/20, Louisville, KY (Headliners Music Hall)*5/22, Dallas, TX (Gypsy Tea Room)*5/23, Austin, TX (Antone’s)*5/25, San Diego, CA (Epicentre)+5/26, Los Angeles, CA (The Wiltern)+5/27, San Francisco, CA (Slim’s)+5/30, Portland, OR (Berbatis Pan)+5/31, Seattle, WA (Neumos)+6/1, Vancouver, BC (Richards on Richards)+
(*w/Sound Team & Aberdeen City) (+w/Voxtrot)