Erik Smyth Project / Press

“Sometimes the chemistry of a band is apparent from the get-go. Sometimes the elements are all in place that there is no other way of being for a group of musicians but to be amazing. When you combine the forces of great songwriting, incredible musicianship and powerful energy into a musical group, you get something that is way more than the sum of its parts. Northern California alternative band Elephant Listening Project is just such a band that fits the description of stellar in more ways than one.”

“It is often said that, “One moment can change the course of our entire lives, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.” In the blink of an eye, our world can turn on its head due to one event and our path in life is forever altered. Going about our daily lives, we strive to keep things simple and easy, but sometimes fate has a different plan for us. We get smacked upside the head by a twist of fate and find ourselves in turmoil and darkness. When that darkness hits, there are many ways we can deal with the new reality which we have been dealt. How we deal with it, positively or negatively, affects the outcome of that twist immensely.”

“Elephant Listening Project – This San Francisco, CA quartet played a dirty trick on me. Their submission, along with the two other songs you can listen to on their ReverbNation page, were labled demos. With that label attached I expected to hear something rough around the edges. When each of these songs sounded just as good as anything I’ve bought recently I was rather shocked! Speaking of those three songs, they each offer up some serious melodic rock with nice hooks that will get stuck in your mind whether you like it or not. Oh, did I mention that the band is made up of former members of Montrose, The Coup, The Mo’fessionals, and Chrome Johnson? Well it is. ReverbNation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/elephantlisteningproject Song Sample – Recording Shennanigans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqPTTr86Nig”

The Ripple Effect

“In a nutshell, what happened this past year? We saw a lot of great new bands emerge from the North Bay: Beso Negro, Bitch Franklin, Soul Pie, Cup O'Joe, Elephant Listening Project, Clusterfunk, Mi Gaan, Spark & Whisper, The Emma Lee Project, Acacia, Knight Drive, Kinky Buddha and Lumanation,”

“As for Elephant Listening Project, I'm just going to go ahead and call them a "supergroup." The band lineup boasts two ex-Mo'fessionals: drummer Loring Jones, vocalist/guitarist Erik Smyth. Filling out the group is ex-Montrose bassist Steve Winter and guitarist extraordinaire Danny Uzilevsky (Chrome Johnson). The band's material consists of original compositions written by Smyth and is a potent blend of guitar-driven hard rock and stirring vocal melodies. The group can be heard on reverbnation.com.”