"Love is everything to me," Garcia says. "It's the root of everything -- joy, evil, despair, addiction." Elefant's lyrics certainly show this, as love is at the root of every one of its songs -- so much that the band even has a tune called, simply, "Love." The band provides the perfect backdrop for Garcia's vaguely Bowie-esque vocal musings, a blend of mid-'80s pop (U2, the Cure, the Smiths, et al.) with a hint of garage-y stomp. Lithe and supple, Elefant makes its musical point without intruding or seeming unnecessarily flashy.
Elefant is bringing its tour through St. Louis for the first time, with a show consisting of, according to Garcia, "the band playing music and me standing in front of them and singing." It should be a good show, because what the band may lack in pyrotechnics or stage flash, it will more than make up for in charm, sincerity and good tunes. Check them out while you can -- you're sure to love it.