Hazel Jade - Lead Singer / Piano / Acoustic Guitar
Chris Young - Lead Guitar
Korey Thomas - Drums
Gabriel Grecco - Bass
"'Elevation Falls' are a young Irish Rock Band who are fronted by an amazing young singer, often referred to by older musicians as the best female rock singer they've heard in many, many years!
With her powerful and unique vocal talents, 21 year old singer/songwriter Hazel Jade, EF's Warrior Queen, formed the band at the start of 2013, and since has been likened in ability to many great female singers such as Ann Wilson (Heart), BUT you will not mistake her vocal for any other artist!.
EF's performance is full of movement. With duelling guitarists alongside the pumping rhythm section provided by the drumming protege Korey, & the multi-talented instrumentalist Gabriel, they create foot stomping beats alongside soulful epic drama, sweeping audiences along with them on a musical journey.
Already in 2017 they've had their track 'Infinite Always' selected for publishing in the US for use on Cable TV, alongside being selected in late 2016 with their song 'Goodbye To You' for the soundtrack of Canadian Independent film 'Patient 62' which has received a number of awards!. 2016 also saw them win 'Hard Rock Rising' Ireland with the Hard Rock Cafe group, and two of their videos were selected to put on global rotation with their restaurants. They were recently selected by Pete Holidai (Radiators From Space and Lecturer at BCFE) with Loom Recordings for a 'Best Of Unsigned Irish Artists' CD release due out in late March this year. In July they will tour with their new album 'Armies Rising', with a 5 week schedule in the summer covering 30 cities in Sweden, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK."
Elevation Falls is a plethora of genres all wrapped into one emotionally filled musical storybook. You can hear so many different musical influences that it is virtually impossible to lock them down as one sound or style, other than unique. Which that word does not do justice for their sound. But I will endeavor to do my best to describe what I feel while listening to their artistry.
Their song, Goodbye To You, which is off their album "Origins", is simply astounding. The way that Hazel Jade just belts out the vocals with such power is truly a gift. And if when you listen to that song, you don't jump up on the table, grab a pen or some other kind of makeshift microphone and start singing along with her, I question if you are really listening to the song. It releases the inner rockstar we all have. Add in the rhythm and intensity of guitars and drum, and you have yourself the perfect energy creator. Before you know it, you are crawling on the table and pretending you are on stage in front of a jam packed house. The song itself, creates a confidence in the listener that I have never experienced before. After listening to this song several times, I felt unstoppable and was saying goodbye to the negative energy surrounding me. Just proving the power music has over a person. The way they evoke such fire and passion within those who listen, speaks a lot about their talent and that they do this from their hearts. As well as made me quite eager to hear more from them. I was immediately hooked from the first time I heard it.
Goodbye to You - Elevation Falls
The song that touched me the most was, Watching Over You. I will not kid you, it is also the hardest one to write about because it creates such a whirlwind of emotions in my heart. The song was written by Hazel Jane to offer some comfort to a fellow band member that lost their Grandmother. I can certainly relate to this pain and overcoming the loss of someone who meant the world to you is probably the hardest thing a person can do. I am not sure you can completely overcome it, to be honest. But this song is a simple reminder that it is ok to grieve and to miss them but they are always watching over you, they never leave your heart. But they are not just saying that because I have heard that sentiment a million times and yet the pain remains. The way this song is done, it makes you face your sadness, it is almost like they join you in that painful place, and then with the music they try to be your strength. Its like they take you by the hand and say, its going to be ok. I can feel the pain in this song, I can experience it with them, and most importantly I understand it. I really respect the simplicity of this song, it shows they wanted to make themselves almost naked with vulnerability and not have a bunch of complicated riffs, heavy drum fills, vocal acrobatics, to try and create a "mood". Instead it is raw, painful, passionate, and done in a way that does not downplay a persons suffering, instead offering some comfort. The guitar solo was like the anguish of the soul and releasing of all the pain. Then at the end a simple haunting piano solo, offering the light to lead you back to where your loved one would want you to be.
wheHonestly there really is something for everyone when it comes to Elevation Falls. Their music transcends all barriers and just delivers music that goes straight to the heart. One second you could be rocking out with the band like you are a superstar too., dancing around your kitchen and singing at the top of your lungs, not even caring if you can sing or not. To the next moment where you want to reach for your photo albums, curl up in bed, and cry your heart out because you miss someone so much. There is a lot to be said about their ability to cater to such a range of emotions and it is not something you can manufacture or compare to anyone else. While yes I can hear glimmers of some musical influences I could never dare to say they emulate someone else. Because they really don't, there is an honesty within their music, that is unmistakenly unique. And while yes Hazel Jade has the vocal chops to stand side by side with many other powerful singers, it really is the band as a whole that makes it work. The guitarists and drums hold their own and set the mood perfectly without being too much or overshadowing anyone else.
I would say I hope they keep this passion going, but from the sounds of their teaser song Take Me Back from their upcoming album "What Will Be", they will be doing just that. A psychadelic vibe with a solid rock sound, with powerful vocals and empathetic lyrics. If this is the taste we get for what is to come, then I am sure I will be one of many that can't wait to hear more.
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