SGT. Walruss Westward Journey[CD]
'If you look up energy in the dictionary, you'll probably see a picture of Elemenopy.' So said the MC at a recent open-mic performance after Elemenopy had left the stage. Truth be told however, if you do look up energy in the dictionary, this is what it actually says: en*er*gy (EHN uhr jee) n. 1. Vitality and intensity of expression; force of utterance; power to impress the mind and arouse the feelings; life; spirit. 2. A source of usable power, such as petroleum or coal. So they haven't actually reached Webster-Worthy stature yet. But anyone who has seen Elemenopy live probably knows what this MC was talking about (except for the part about the petroleum and coal). Elemenopy has a fresh and dynamic sound characterized by the aforementioned energy and intensity, fused with a strong knack for catchy melodies and colorful harmonies, as well as a flair for lyricism that is steeped as much in poetry and emotion as it is in sly wit and clever articulation. While both Nick Liberatore and Joel Rutkowski have many individual artistic ventures under their belts, their long enduring friendship and undeniable musical chemistry is fated to have them work together as a unique and original creative force. In 2003, after a decade of playing together and apart in a number of moderately successful East coast bands, Nick and Joel began collaborating together exclusively simply as a two piece act called Elemenopy. The project was conceived with one simple mission statement: make the best music possible with any means available. With no boundaries of who will play what instrument when or sing what song, Nick and Joel trade off between a range of instruments, making whatever collection of sounds might best be in service to a particular song. Their live performances consist largely of aggressive acoustic guitars, energetic percussion, and any other noise they can make with their collective four hands, four feet, and one and three-quarters voices, producing a surprisingly full and intense sound. Seeking warmer weather (and a place to also apply that Film School degree that Joel spent so much time and money on), the boys have moved their dog and pony show to Los Angeles, California. Elemenopy's music is lively and engaging, and their live performances are captivating and always highly entertaining. Their prolific and ever growing collection of original material embraces all things rousing and melodic, and is characterized by honest emotion and intelligent, poetic lyricism. And while they don't resemble petroleum or coal in the strictest sense, they are certainly filled with raw energy and a penchant for industrious creativity. See for yourself!!
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