Q&A Scene: Joe Berridge ~ My Elephant Ride

Tell us about your Release ‘Beyond The Skin’ ?

The blues are in there, hint of pop, some psychedelic notes and some indie, we picked a few drones to start and we took it from there! We’ve all been influenced by different music and we write a lot about our own experiences like lies, love, loss, joy, finding your inner self, depression. We are so proud of this album, it took months to write, record, mix, master, release!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Honestly this album is now our favourite work, we really challenged ourselves and created 10 tracks that all blend into one another.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Jumping on trampolines then picking mushrooms on the ground, unbeknownst to us they were magical! What followed was a gig and a beautiful evening together in Sydney.

What, or who, inspires you?  

Moments in life, you get to choose how you perceive things and I’m an overall optimist with a pessimistic undertone. Writing lyrics and melodies helps me express how this unique view of events. We all have a unique view but it’s got to be a passion to express with words one’s experiences in this things we call life. Oh and Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Jose Gonzales are a few that inspire me.

Which song do you wish you wrote?   

Say Yes by Elliot Smith. The Letter by The Box Tops And Life’s a Beach by Django Django. And of course Sittin on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

What’s next for you?   

Writing our new album at the end of this year in a strange location in the world!

What’s your scene?   

Intimate house parties with musicians and artists flowing in and out of the doors. Abstract haircuts and tattoos mixed with a not so pretentious attitude. Not really into raves or cocaine (sorry Lou Reed) but late nights with instruments and recording in various studios is our scene.

MY ELEPHANT RIDE’s ‘BEYOND THE SKIN’ ALBUM album and ‘DIAMOND EYES’ single are out now!

My Elephant Ride make cosmic and soulful indie pop. They return with the second taste off forthcoming sophomore album ‘Beyond the Skin’ was released on the 21st of June.  

In late 2016 the Melbourne three-piece released their debut album Into The Jungle, hailed for its sweet blend of “hazy guitars, tinkling keys and smoky vocal lines” (The Music)   

Following this release the band have taken their time to craft their followup. Recorded in various locations between Bali and Melbourne, the group have closely collaborated to hone a more pop-oriented sound while honouring their individual idiosyncrasies.   

The three core members of My Elephant Ride (Joe Berridge, Chevaunne Keleher and Nathan Abbey) have spent the past year writing and producing their second full-length record. Working on ‘Beyond The Skin’ long distance between Bali and Melbourne, the group have closely collaborated to hone a more pop-oriented sound while honouring their individual idiosyncrasies.   

Exploring love, gender, sexuality, faith and what lies on the other side, Beyond The Skin is out now. 

Connect with MY ELEPHANT RIDE online:

Website: myelephantride.com

Facebook: facebook.com/myelephantride/

Instagram: instagram.com/myelephantride

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.