Who knows what they’ve been putting into the water in Queensland but whatever it is it’s been creating some of Australia’s hottest rising talents in Australian music for the past couple of years, the latest of which being Elko Fields.
Elko Fields is a two-piece rock band fronted by guitarist/bassist and vocalist Kella Vee who is backed by drummer Jhindu Lawrie. For Kella, who had previously been a member of a four-piece band, the transition to a two-piece was about embracing the challenge as an artist.
“At that time I was listening to a lot of two piece rock bands such as The Black Keys, Deep Valley and The Kills so I was really inspired and influenced by them and wanted to try to do something similar.”
Early in the life of Elko Fields they captured the attention of Powderfinger’s Ian Haug who would then go on to invite them to record at his Airlock Studios and sign to his label Airlock Records.
“It’s incredible, it really is.” says Kella when asked how it feels to have someone like Ian believe in the band, “Ian’s one of these people in the industry who is willing to share their story and experience to support up and coming musicians. He still has that drive and passion for music which is really nice to see.”
This week Kella and Jhindu are returning to Sydney for two shows in celebration of the release of their debut EP on vinyl.
“We’re really pumped to come back to Sydney. We were down there in November and were blown away by the crowd last time, especially since it was Wednesday night but it was still absolutely packed and everybody was so receptive and incredibly supportive of our sound.”
When asked to describe an Elko Fields live show Kella says, “The show is a racket, it’s two people making as much noise as they possible can within the rock genre.”
Hopefully Sydney is prepared for the Elko Fields onslaught!
Aug 5. Frankie’s Pizza, 50 Hunter St, Sydney.
Aug 9. Brighton Up Bar, Level 1, 77 Oxford St., Darlinghurst. $10
Tickets & Info: www.elkofields.com