Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Atlanta, Georgia's Elevation are on the verge of blowing up. The band, made up of Nathan Smith (Vocals), Andrew Aversion (Lead Guitar), Anthony Pasqualone (Guitar), Nick Whitson (Bass) and Stephen Bailey (Drums), first caught my attention with their infectious single "Razoreyes"; the smash single from their debut album Strangelove that reminded me of Maroon 5 meets All-American Rejects.

Riding the wave of success that Strangelove brought them,  Elevation began recording their second LP in the summer of 2010. Not wanting to work through traditional studio sessions, the band decided to self-produce their second LP in a studio they built from the ground up in a warehouse in East Atlanta. From the start, the band decided that the record would be completely self-produced. As Nathan states, “We've all been through the traditional studio process many times. For me, there has never been a time when everyone is completely comfortable. We knew we could produce and engineer the record on our own, but wanted a place that was ours, decorated by us and built for our needs.” Andrew Averso on the album: “The songs really embody the process of making this record and emotions that have been welling up in all of us during the last year or so.” 

Here is a video interview of the guy discussing the making of the new record:

The resulting product, Hell or High Water was produced exclusively by Elevation, mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Matchbox Twenty, Jack's Mannequin) and mastered by Jeff Litpon (Arcade Fire, Wilco, LCD Soundsystem). Nathan Smith acted as the album's executive producer. Hell or High Water was released in the US on June 7.

Hell or High Water on iTunes
Elevation on Facebook
Elevation's Website

Here is an older documentary of the band from 2008:

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