Elvis Perkins

Biography

Elvis Perkins was raised in Los Angeles and New York and took to music at an early age, perhaps an inevitability if Elvis happens to be your name. He briefly learned the saxophone, before picking up the guitar in high school and taking lessons with Prescott Niles, one-time bassist for the Knack. While he played in rock bands, Perkins also developed an interest in the classical guitar, and began to compose music in both idioms. He wrote poetry too, which gradually morphed into lyrics. After a short stint at college, he began to cultivate the idiosyncratic, highly personalized style that distinguishes Ash Wednesday, a process which for Perkins was "a long journey, long in the coming".

Perkins' debut album started life as a collection of home-made demos, which were cut to analog tape, then fleshed out (with the help of a small group of friends and fellow musicians), in a Burbank studio and at a Victorian house in L.A The resulting material is Ash Wednesday, a beautiful album in which Perkins transforms circumstances of his personal life into compelling, dream-like songs with lyrics that teeter between the specific and the surreal.

For the last year and a half, Perkins (alongside his three-piece band: bassist Brigham Brough, keyboardist/guitarist Wyndham Boylan-Garnett, and drummer Nicholas Kinsey, known collectively as Elvis Perkins in Dearland) has been playing club dates throughout the USA to increasing acclaim. Perkins' live reputation has grown, along with his audience, aided no doubt by enthusing on-line bloggers. After a performance at Rockwood Music Hall, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, folks at Stereogum declared, "We were sold on the spot - fuss-worthy folkies just don't come easy...Double bass, harmonica and strings color these lyrical laments, but the man's easy melodicism is the real charm"

In writing, Perkins prefers the poetic to the polemical; his lyrics often have a whimsical quality, their melancholy aspects counterbalanced with an undercurrent of hope. He repeatedly returns to images of sleep and dreams and flight, as if we might all wake up at once and find ourselves in a far better place.

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Elvis Perkins - Doomsday

19th October 2009 -

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Review of Elvis Perkins In Dearland's Doomsday EP released through XL Recordings.American recording artist Elvis Perkins is famed for his mournful songs - his music had previously focussed on the untimely death of his father...

Elvis Perkins - Ash Wednesday

17th July 2007 -

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Elvis PerkinsAsh WednesdayAlbum ReviewThe male singer-songwriter genre can often feel like an exercise in oneupmanship, with each teary-eyed wastrel staking a claim for the prize of 'most tortured'. But let's face it, woman troubles aren't...

Elvis Perkins, All The Night Without Love, Video

3rd May 2007 -

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Elvis PerkinsAll The Night Without LoveVideoElvis Perkins will be releasing the first single, 'All The Night Without Love', on Monday 21st May, with the album, Ash Wednesday, following on 9th June 2007.Perkins’ debut album started...

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