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White Elefant / Bio

"At a time when musical artists, local and otherwise, are increasingly gadget-obsessed and depressingly convinced that the pile-on approach makes their work more interesting, San Antonio’s White Elefant finds their depth and charm in simplicity. Conceived in friendship and born in a one-car garage in 2006, White Elefant carved a faint niche for themselves sporadically playing their simple, organically honed, and sharp-edged indie rock tunes around town. Their sound, as those few who know and love them can attest, is disarmingly straightforward and wry, living off of wandering and anxious electric guitar variations, a fervent and dexterous rhythm section, and Josh Mathis’ comfortingly/sneeringly nasal delivery of his smart lyrics."

- San Antonio Current

"On [White Elefant's first LP] Nights & Weekends, you'll find a band that has taken its time growing into exactly what it was meant to be. The songs are tights, sometimes muscular and sometimes delicate, indie garage-rock gems with lyrics that beg endless guessing and tease the listener with their nebulous reflections on postmodern life... And then, without much studio polish or bullshit affectations, the songs manage a nod to pop music in their sheer listenability and (dare I say) catchiness. The songs still sound just enough like they come from a sweaty garage - certainly a credit to Novak's production - but they are rich with tricky progressions, tempo shifts, driving bass lines and Mathis' wiry (and ever-improving) voice."

- Backbeat Magazine

General Info

Band Members
Josh Mathis, Cass Grady, W.J. Robinson
Artist Name
White Elefant
Profile Page
Alternative / Indie / Alternative

Contact Info

San Antonio, TX

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