Luke Elliot is creating a sound without a whole lot of direct lineage, yet it still sounds lived in and familiar.
Backed by Dan Peck (drums), Jim McGee (electric guitar) and Ed Barber (bass), Elliot and his Band re-engineer the songs of their recordings for their live shows into Jerry Lee Lewis piano-wrecking rave-ups, always ready to throw off even the most seasoned listener. They are constantly changing up rhythms, tempos, and time signatures in order to keep their songs vibrant and fresh- ready to take on new audiences on new nights.
As the result of a busy tour schedule and a rapidly growing following, they have quickly broken into the Northeast's music scene, and can often be found in Manhattan's historic Lower East Side, headlining some of the city's most famous venues. With "Death of a Widow," his first release, Elliot and his crew threw their release party at The Mercury Lounge, part of The Bowery Presents (The Bowery Ballroom, Terminal 5), a booking agency which has been noted by the New York Times as being a "pivotal player" in the cutthroat world of concert promotion.
Having performed with the likes of Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic), The Gunshy, Horse Feathers, and the Low Anthem (to name a few) within the first year and a half of his debut, Elliot has begun to capture a wide range of audiences. There seems to be an eclectic mix of listener to his music, and not surprisingly so; he often shares bills with acts that are stylistically very different. His approach is very unorthodox - He actually seems to be playing for the people who wouldn’t normally be paying attention.