With a cryptic, mysterious band name like “Elusive Parallelograms,” you’d better have the music and the lyrical content to back it up, and this band of five Midwestern friends has both in abundance roaring out of their amps every time they play – they’ve conjured a potent blend of modern, colorfulpsychedelic ‘shoe-gazer’ style rock full of great choruses, fast-paced electric guitars, and smartly introspective lyrics that are as fun to interpret as they are to sing along to.
Elusive Parallelograms’ five members (EP for short) – guitarist/singer Andrew Foys, David Schessow on bass,Jonathan Hense on guitar/vocals, drummer Eric Reiter, and guitarist Stefan Dostanic – have brought back loud, rowdy and huge Indie rock on their recently released Modern Splendor album. The 11 songs on Modern Splendor all have a solid ‘EP’ sound running through them, but within the layers of each composition, elements of poppy psychedelia, gritty alternative rock and folky moments all co-exist happily as sonic arrangements without sticking strictly to the old “verse-chorus-verse” method of songwriting.
Based out of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, Elusive Parallelograms was founded several years ago as a basement band playing college parties, and they say they knew early on that they wanted to create some special music together. After recording a couple of early releases, EP came together to record the album -And Everything Changes – what they call “way schizophrenic and short.” One album later, Elusive Parallelograms musically comes in somewhere inside yet far outside the current rock trends of ‘60s revival bands and ‘bedroom electro.’ Modern Splendor is far more lucid and cohesive than the first album as it finds the band reaching a level of professionalism honed after playing hundreds of shows at venues that included CMJ, Summerfest, International Pop Overthrow Festival and MobFest.
They’ve grown together as band members and songwriters creating walls of sound built up around frameworks of individual vignettes – each song can and does stand on its own,but as a whole, their music feels more like a colorful, vibrant living creature – kind of like some newly discovered ultra-rare animal featured on one of those National Geographic specials.
Their sound and style of music stands out, much like their band name –Elusive Parallelograms –but unlike that rarely-seen colorful creature, they’re not bound by some pre-configured form or shape, and they’re not all that elusive… You just have to dig a little deeper into the words and the living walls of sound framing those words to let it fit into some time or situation in your life. Put their music on at some un-Godly loud level, see their colors and feel their vibrations, and wrap yourself around the surreal lyrics.
Feel the pure joy and expression of art these five guys have given you – it’s something special. It’s real music. It’s an essential and powerful element of life.
Elusive Parallelograms is a catharsis – it’s in the ear of the beholder.
Jonathan Hense - Guitar & Vocals
Andrew Foys - Guitar & Vocals
Stefan Dostanic - Guitar
David Schessow - Bass
Eric Reiter - Drums
"And Everything Changes" - June 9th, 2009
"Modern Splendor" - April 15th, 2011