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Absent Elk / November 2009 UK Tour

By on Monday, 5th October 2009 at 2:00 pm

TGTF favourites Absent Elk have announced a string of UK tour dates for the start of November. They’ll be supported by Hold Fire.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £6 each except for London which is £6.50 a ticket.

Sunday 1st November 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy 3
Monday 2nd November 2009 – Bristol O2 Academy 2
Tuesday 3rd November 2009 – Brighton Pavilion Theatre (album launch party)
Wednesday 4th November 2009 – London O2 Academy2 Islington
Thursday 5th November 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Saturday 7th November 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy 2
Sunday 8th November 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Monday 9th November 2009 – Sheffield O2 Academy 2


In the Post #26: Absent Elk

By on Monday, 28th September 2009 at 12:00 pm

Absent Elk (side)I was first introduced to the summery pop of Absent Elk back at the start of the summer, and since then I’ve been waiting for their debut album, Caught in The Headlights.

Based in Shoreham on the Sussex coast, Anglo-Norwegian Absent Elk are Kjetil Morland (vocals, guitar), Ross Martin (guitar, keyboards), Mike Hillman (guitar), James Penhallow (bass), and Ric Wilson (drums). Together they’ve made a great debut album with some great tunes – just nothing instantly memorable, but perfectly accomplished nonetheless. They’ve got hints of the stadium pop of Coldplay, the huge U2 sound, the fun of the Hoosiers and the indie-pop sensibilities of the Kooks on different tracks of their 12 track collection.

“Where I’d Rather Be” features a hint of The Twang’s “Either Way” with it’s “arms in the air / hug a mate” sensibility, whilst “Comfort or Amuse” is a touching ballad – they’ve managed to cram in lots of different styles, all very accomplished, but none of the tracks particuarly stand out or make me think “OH! That‘s a single just sat there”.

Overall it’s not gonna set the world on fire with its innovation, but its definately a strong debut album that could be a good stepping stone to bigger things.


Buy this if you like:
Radio friendly pop driven by guitars. Coldplay, Kooks, Hoosiers, Alexandria Quartet etc.

Don’t buy this if you like:
Stuff that will make you think, if you like more left-field, artsy stuff, or just plain loudness.

“Caught in the Headlights” is available on 19th October. For some reason it doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon or iTunes just yet, but is available to pre-order from Read our interview with them.


Interview: Absent Elk

By on Tuesday, 9th June 2009 at 12:00 pm

Absent Elk (side)Next week Absent Elk are off on tour, and to celebrate we sat down with their vocalist Kjetil Morland to mull things over…

Hello Absent Elk. Who are you and what are you up to at the moment?

Kjetil here… We’re all promoting our debut single ‘Sun & Water’ like mad!

What do you reckon you sound like?

An explosion of colour and flavour

On songwriting – how does it start for you? Lyrical concept? A riff? Turn of phrase? Or a drug fuelled orgy that results in a great song?

Most often I write the song, then we work on the arrangements together as a band. Melody always comes first to me – the lyrical concept comes after daydreaming and dwelling on it for a few days. Other times a song starts with a riff written by someone in the band, we develop the music together, then I write the lyrics and melody after. You can tell which songs are based around a riff or a groove and which started with the melody. It gives a nice diversity to the album.

Before going on stage, do you have any rituals, either individual or as a band?

We usually have a little fight – then after that a ‘buh’. The latter is a ritual where we stand in a circle with our arms around each other trying to say ‘buh’ at the exact same time after a moment of silence. It’s really hard, but the times we get it spot on, we feel like one united unbeatable force ready to blow people away.;)

Slightly strange name for a band – where did you get it from / whose idea was it?

We just wanted something really different that people would notice in the whirlwind of band names out there. It’s a nod towards the scandi influence.

Before things really took off for Absent Elk, what were your jobs? Did you have day jobs or just focus 100% on the music?

We all had day jobs up until we got signed, and worked on the music in the evenings. Mike and I were designers, Ric worked as a Cardio Physiologist (testing peoples hearts), James ran a Ladbrokes branch and Ross worked testing drugs in a lab.

Touring with Girls Aloud must have been pretty amazing experience and a huge step up – how did you find it? Any amusing tour tales you can share with us?

Touring with the girls was amazing. The venues were massive! We only got to speak to them briefly in the passing in the corridors, but they seemed like really nice, down to earth girls. We really enjoyed watching them every night (obviously;). We were actually very well behaved on that tour. I think it was due to us having no rider what so ever, so by the time the show was over we didn’t really feel like going out.

What’s coming up over the next few months for you?

Our debut single ‘Sun & Water’ is out now on iTunes and any other download site. We’ve got our own UK headline tour coming up in June, so check our myspace for dates! We may do some festivals this summer, and our album should be out early August!

Finally, what’s one thing we wouldn’t normally know about you?

I spent a year in the army (compulsory in Norway), Ric is obsessed with belts, Ross used to have dreads, Mike ran over a squirrel on his driving test and passed, James is a ninja and has a black belt in karate.


Absent Elk / June 2009 UK tour

By on Wednesday, 20th May 2009 at 2:00 pm

Having supported the likes of Girls Aloud and The Hoosiers recently, things are moving pretty quickly for Absent Elk.

Based in Shoreham on the Sussex coast, Anglo-Norwegian Absent Elk are Kjetil Morland (vocals, guitar), Ross Martin (guitar, keyboards), Mike Hillman (guitar), James Penhallow (bass), and Ric Wilson (drums). Their debut single ‘Sun And Water’ is released May 17th.

They’re about to embark on their debut headlining UK tour, playing what will sure to be some great shows – we’ll have a full interview with them shortly, but in the mean time nip on over to your favourite ticket retailer (I reccomend Ticketweb myself) and buy yourself a bunch of tickets to their shows – you’ll love ’em, I promise!

Monday 15th June 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy 2 (Zodiac)
Tuesday 16th June 2009 – Bristol O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 17th June 2009 – Sheffield O2 Academy 2
Saturday 20th June 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Sunday 21st June 2009 – Glasgow ABC 2
Tuesday 23rd June 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 24th June 2009 – Manchester Roadhouse
Thursday 2nd July 2009 – London O2 Academy Islington


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