If it were a cocktail, it would be two ounces of classic rock, an ounce of power-pop liquer, a dash of old school country twang and a garnish of humorous nods to contemporary pop culture. It would all be served up in a tall glass stolen from the bar of the legendary Tempe Long Wong’s (RIP). If the historic music venue were still standing, there is no doubt that Elvis Before Noon would be a favorite.
It should come as no surprise because Daylon Greer, the band’s primary vocalist and songwriter has a a true love for the bands that put Phoenix on the map years ago. Tunes by The Refreshments, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, and Gin Blossoms are always on the setlist and Greer’s own originals are more than just a little reminiscent of the desert sound that Tempe made famous. All of this is even more authentic with the presence of Scott Johnson on lead guitar. The Gin Blossom dedicates his downtime from the infamous multi-platinum selling band to bending some strings in Elvis Before Noon. Johnson, as the story goes, stumbled upon the talented Greer when he randomly walked into a bar and heard Greer performing a Blossom song. The rest is history as they say.
Greer and Johnson eventually began to perform with Greer’s longtime friend, Ringo Fire on drums. As they played on the patio of The Vig on Sundays, Mr. P-body, a well-known local DJ, would come to listen and was impressed with Greer’s exceptional vocal talent. Along with that, Ringo’s encyclopedic yet humorous knowledge of all things in retro pop-culture was all too familiar. Long before he became a DJ, P-body, had played in Tempe bands, one of which was a frequent opener for Gin Blossoms; he was no stranger to Johnson and his distinctive Southwestern twang. Apparently, the whole thing had the right vibe and soon after, he showed up to The Vig with a vintage bass, and sat in just for fun. But on that day, he found himself a part of what had suddenly become.. a BAND. He then immediately began applying his promotion and marketing experience to branding ELVIS BEFORE NOON and the band is continually expanding it’s performance circuit.
Most recently, Elvis Before Noon has garnered gigs at Hotel Valley Ho, Frasher’s Lounge, Coach House, Mabel’s On Main, W Hotel, O’Donoghue’s Pub and a variety of private and special events such as “Niteflite” and the upcoming Scottsdale Culinary Festival and Viva Las Vegas event. The band has also recorded a promotional song for a major ad firm representing Valley Metro Light Rail garnering radio and media attention. Additionally, the band has just recorded 10 original Greer penned songs at Uranus Studio which is owned by Gin Blossoms frontman, Robin Wilson. Greer’s songs are so well written, so radio ready that they are indistinguishable from the crowd pleasing covers. The attainable goal is that other bands will one day cover Elvis Before Noon songs.