Both hailing from the North of England, Jack Townley (Guitar) and Sam Hart (Drums) came together through work and a mutual interest in anything musically heavy. Early jam sessions, starting in August 2013, involved Jack taking up bass guitar duties while Sam took up the drums. Neither of them had much proficiency in their instruments and it was this approach that brought more focus to writing a catchy riff that would eventually turn out to be Attack Of The Altaica. While the sessions were going well, there was a long way to go before the pair would be ‘gig ready’, however after a chance meeting with Trippy Wicked front man Peter Holland the band would start to pick up steam, with Jack moving to a more natural role on the guitar and Pete picking up the bass. Before long the riffs, melodies and eventually songs of Theia were formed. The addition of Riley MacIntyre, initially as sitar player, brought yet another dimension to the sound and also a fresh approach to the writing structure the band had been focused on. By late June 2014 the band had booked to record their first EP Theia.
Spending two days at Sam Thredder’s (Slabdragger) Cro’s Nest Studio, seven tracks were recorded in total, ready for mixing before being sent to James Plotkin a few weeks later for mastering. Soon after uploading the finished tracks to Soundcloud, Mike Vitali contacted the band and negotiated the signing to Magnetic Eye records. This launched Theia into the world on vinyl, CD and digital formats while gaining enough traction to help secure a week long European tour with friends Bright Curse, which saw performances in France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany.
Following on from the success of their first EP, the studio time was booked and recording for the first long play, self-titled, album commenced in August 2015. Recorded over two weeks at The Church Studios, in Crouch End, London, the album took on a much more rounded and melodic sound, helped in no small part by the wide range of equipment available and Riley taking up the role of producer. This meant the dropping of the sitar gimmick, but in the long run that turned in the bands favour as the release, scheduled for April 2016, was met with a warm and glowing reception by fans and critics alike.
Moving forward into 2017 the band returned to mainland Europe, armed with tracks from the latest release, as well as support from newcomers, the Necromancers. The band have also been commissioned to write a track to accompany a scene in the widely anticipated and ambitious The Planet Of Doom feature length animation, with recording wrapped and awaiting the slated 2020 release. the original line up made their U.S. debut at the 2017 Psycho Las Vegas festival. Playing not only once on the Hard Rock Hotel and Casio's Vinyl stage, but also playing a second set on the poolside stage.
2018 saw another extended stretch into Europe, coming in the form of a supporting role for Stoned Jesus’ ‘Pilgrims’ tour along with Mothership. Many beers later, new member John Slattery was confirmed as the latest addition to the now ‘elastic’ line-up, taking on the roles of second guitarist and synth player. The back end of the year saw the band lining up to go back into the studio for the follow up to their Self Titled release with a release coming in 2019.
If you would like to find out more about Elephant Tree then please don’t hesitate to send us a message/e-mail, or even better, come to one of our gigs and have a chat. We’re usually the ones propping up the bar…