Hailing from London, rock outfit ‘War Elephant’ epitomizes everything that sets London’s underground music scene apart from the rest of the world. Founded by close friends Shaun O’Reilly and George Heslop, bonded over a common goal to write music that combines their love for raw progressive doom rock with a metal edge.
Having formed in 2010, War Elephant has been crafting their unique mix of vintage, guitar-driven music ever since. Their sound is diverse, wide-ranging, but with their compelling vocal hooks and complex guitar work being the defining features that sets them apart. They bring forth a diverse array of influences, citing ‘Down’, ‘Opeth, ‘Rush’, ‘Pearl Jam’ and ‘Captain Beefheart’ as just a few artists who have shaped their hard-edged sound to what it is today.
Not one to shy away from change, War Elephant’s sound has evolved and seen a dramatic shift over the years. While their first three EP’s sported an unplugged sound that was equal parts folk and blues, their latest endeavor sees them head into an unchartered heavier terrain. Initially a duo acoustic act, founding members Shaun O’Reilly and George Heslop felt their songwriting too constrained by the limits of two, so together they set about developing a fuller more band originated sound.
Their fourth EP, entitled ‘Fevered Sleep’ avalable on June 24th is a certain departure from their humble beginnings. The acoustic guitars have been replaced with electrics, amplifiers and an array of effect pedals, and with drums and bass added into the mix – they now step up as a fully-fledged band. Though this time, they have full reign to tear-out their depth-charged blend of proggy, doom-laced tracks.
Despite the four-year hiatus, War Elephant has had a string of success over the years. They’ve amassed a dedicated fan base and have even had the opportunity to play at the High Voltage Festival in London back in 2011, on top of a series of sold out shows across the UK. Now, after a well-deserved break, they are back on track with ‘Fevered Sleep’, out now!
Top – George Heslop
Bottom – Shawn O’Reilly
THE NEW EP – FEVERED SLEEP – OUT NOW
Featuring 4 brand new tracks ‘Fevered Sleep, ‘(Con)Fude’, ‘Behind The Eyes’ and ‘The Apothecary’, War Elephant’s fourth EP is OUT NOW!
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Shaun O’Reilly has been gigging across the UK and Ireland as one half of prog rock duo War Elephant for the best part of the last decade. Spurned on by a desire to try something new, he’s recently branched out as a solo artist and has shifted his focus to more blues inspired, Acoustic folk music.
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