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, colorful psychedelic ‘shoe-
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-
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-
Their sound and style of music stands out, much like their band name –Elusive Parallelograms –but unlike that rarely-
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.