Elk Run & Riot / Animalia
Release Date: March 2, 2018
All songs by Elk Run & Riot
Produced by Elk Run & Riot and Steve Dierkens
Since releasing their latest album, Animalia, in early 2018, Elk Run & Riot have been tearing up western Canada, and in the process winning over scores of new fans with their high-energy brand of alternative folk. From their home base in Alberta’s picturesque Bow Valley, the group’s creative core of Ryan Schepens (vocals/guitar), Andrew Cotter (vocals/bass/guitar), Brian Bailey (mandolin/bass) have wowed audiences at the Wapiti Festival, Invermere Folk Music Festival, Canmore Folk Music Festival, and Banff Shaw Amphitheatre’s Canadian Folk Music Celebration, while sharing stages with Wintersleep, The Dead South, The Sadies, Barney Bentall, The Deep Dark Woods, Elliott Brood, Classified and Leeroy Stagger among others.
Formed in 2013, with each release Elk Run & Riot have consistently built on their strengths—three and four-part harmonies and a no-nonsense group mentality reminiscent of The Band. All of that was captured brilliantly on Animalia’s eight tracks through a live-in-the-studio recording approach that emphasized ringing guitars and heartfelt melodies. It all came together during two intense days in September 2017 at Calgary’s Studio D, overseen by co-producer/engineer Steve Dierkens, who also provided drums along with Kent McRae. Lyrically, the songs tell stories of love, addiction, and everything in between that goes on in the trenches of the Bow Valley.
Animalia has proven to be an important next step in expanding Elk Run & Riot’s creative potential, as well as helping to add their name to to the conversation about Canada’s great young roots rock bands. With a new album slated to be finished in 2019, expect their followers—lovingly known as “The Herd”—to keep expanding as well across Canada and the world.
“[Animalia] strikes the perfect balance between their finely honed musicianship and dynamic live performances.” No Depression
“An excellent collection of up-tempo tunes that are deeply rooted in an earthy reality.” Great Dark Wonder
“On their first two records they took full advantage of multi-tracking capabilities to craft Beach Boy-esque harmonies, but on Animalia their vocal blend comes across intimately and vividly in the simplified setting.” Roots Music Canada
“A distinctive sound, based in large part on vocal chemistry.” FYI Music News