Los Angeles-Based Band to Perform Seven September Shows in Washington and Oregon, in Support of “Backyards” Album Release
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and producer, John Elliott, and his band, The Hereafter (http://www.thehereafterishere.com), are launching a Pacific Northwest tour that includes shows at premiere venues in Seattle and Portland, in support of the upcoming March 2011 release of their new album, “Backyards”. The Hereafter will be playing these shows with Seattle’s hometown hero on the Americana, roots, and folk music front, Jack Wilson (http://myspace.com/jackwilsonmusic). Wilson is just coming off of a performance as part of the pre-party for Seattle’s 2nd Annual No Depression Festival (http://www.nodepression.com).
For The Hereafter, this full-band tour comes on the heels of Elliott’s solo summer tour which – from June to mid-September – took Elliott through Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and back to California. The tour featured performances at the Kerrville Wine & Music Festival in Kerrville, Texas, the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a special performance in Elliott’s home town of Wayzata, Minnesota.
“This summer, I put over 12,000 miles on Glen, my Honda Civic, driving and playing all over the place. I met a lot of people, and got a lot of stories and some new songs out of it. Now, after almost four months, I can’t wait to play with the band again…and ROCK,” says Elliott.
The main purpose of The Hereafter’s PacNW tour is to gain grassroots support for “Backyards”, which is a true D.I.Y., independent music project. Funding for the self-produced album is coming entirely from fan donations (http://www.thehereafterishere.com/backyards). Elliott and The Hereafter are just putting the final touches on “Backyards”, which will be Elliott’s seventh album.
Elliott continues, “I’m very proud of this album and I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s not quite right yet, and there are mixing things to sort through, but I can hear what it wants to be and I love it. I’m also excited because it’s going to be released on vinyl, which is a first for my music. I can’t wait to hear it in that format.”
Elliott is no stranger to life on the road. He began performing at venues in Hollywood, CA in 2001, and by 2003, he had shows spread across Southern California. In 2005, Elliott’s show schedule had expanded to include cities all over the U.S. His extensive touring continued, and for the better part of the time that spanned July 2006 to April 2009, Elliott was continually on the road, in the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and everywhere adjacent and in between – much like this past summer’s tour.
In the midst of all of this touring, Elliott did find the time to co-write a song that recently sold to Showtime’s hit series “Californication”, starring David Duchovny. Elliott’s co-writers on the song were Austin-based, folk rock musician Johann Wagner, considered a “Best Bet” by The Austin American Statesman, and one of Paste Magazine’s “Best of What’s Next”, singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov (http://www.gregoryalanisakov.com).
Elliott’s songs have also been featured in an Emmy-nominated, season-two episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”, as well as the show’s season finale in season three, about which an iTunes reviewer said, “I heard it on Grey’s Anatomy last night and I think I’ve fallen in love.”
Elliott and his band, The Hereafter, have developed an international following. The current line-up consists of Mike Schadel on drums, Colin Warling on bass, and Mike Wendland on electric guitar.
“This is definitely the most dynamic incarnation of The Hereafter. The band has had many personas since I first formed it in 2005, but this version seems to bring all the right personalities in my songs together. And we have so much fun playing together – I think that energy really comes across when we’re live, and on the new album,” says Elliott.
The Hereafter’s Pacific Northwest tour starts in Applegate, OR on September 22. The six shows that follow, are: September 23 in Cottage Grove, OR; September 24 in Portland, OR (at Doug Fir); September 25 in Seattle, WA (at Sunset Tavern); September 26 in Bellingham, WA; September 27 in Mount Vernon, WA; and, September 28 in Arlington, WA. The Hereafter returns to California for an October 1 performance at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA.
About John Elliott / The Hereafter
John Elliott’s music has been called “tear at your heartstrings, folksy” and “a surreal and trippy cool kind of pop thing.” It has also been referred to as “Post-Seinfeld, Post 9/11 Eyebrow Rock.” Regarding Elliott’s lyrics, Chuck Schiele of The San Diego Troubadour says, “They get in, make their statement, kick you in the teeth, and get out before they start talking too much…And this lends to the urge of rolling any track to its beginning for another spin.”
Elliott’s catchy tunes, clear voice and chill-inducing melodies have been likened to a young Paul Simon, John Flansburgh and Ben Gibbard, as well as Gregory Page, Jason Mraz, Christopher Dale, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Schiele continues to speak about Elliott’s vocals as such: “…a lullaby of a voice that’s likeable and believable. There’s a stylistic melancholy tone and charisma in his voice…” Another independent review of one of Elliott’s albums reads, “The songwriting rivals any Radiohead/Coldplay hype the record labels could come up with. Who says folk music is dead…”
“One of the best kept secrets on the acoustic scene,” Elliott’s voice and lyrics – with a definite Americana bent – can also be heard on an episode of the CW’s “One Tree Hill”, NPR (All Songs Considered/Open Mic), Neil Young’s “Living With War” website, radio stations all over the world, in cars, in backyards, on iPods and at campfires. His songs have been called, “…intimate, honest, ripe with observant detail and a reliable playfulness.”
In July 2009, Elliott was featured as an Emerging Artist on the main stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. At about the same time, the creators of the film “Rabbit Fever” (http://www.rabbitfever.com) announced that Elliott had written and performed “a haunting contagious ballad” that would appear in “one of the most pivotal scenes of the film”. The track was simply titled “Rabbit Fever”, and prompted the film’s creators to declare, “If you dig artists such as Elliot Smith, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Iron & Wine and John Mayer, you will appreciate the charming, folksy, mellow quality of John Elliot’s style.”
Elliott was also recently selected as the first alternate in the 2010 Telluride Troubadour competition – that is spot 11 out of 500+.
Elliott’s solo endeavors, as well as his music with The Hereafter, are available for download on iTunes and other on-line sources, and can also be found at Amoeba Music in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
More information about John Elliott and his band, The Hereafter, a full listing of upcoming show dates, music, and more, is here: http://www.thehereafterishere.com. Follow John Elliott and The Hereafter on tour, at http://twitter.com/thehereafter or http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Elliott-The-Hereafter/144956434327.
Posted On: Los Angeles, CA September 9, 2010