These songs were recorded throughout November 2013 to March 2014 with my old band, The Apollohs, which consisted of:
Jason Koster - Drums/Percussion
Kyle Code - Bass
Somewhere in the midst of our recording sessions the band came to an end and I was left with a decision to either stop recording, release it as a posthumous album, or, take the songs that I had wrote, find a new band and continue the recording of this album. After talking with Jason and Kyle they both approved my decision to finish the album and release it under a new name with a new band. After finishing the record in March of 2014 with Isaac McFaul, I left it to him and Tyler (Ty) Black to mix and master. I began reaching out to fellow musicians I knew stating that I was looking for a new band. After receiving lots of great opportunities to jam with some amazing people, my good friend, Jamie Speck, who was, at that time, the drummer of both The Arcanes and Pretty Little Death Machine, (which happened to be the band Ty Black fronted as well) later texted me saying that he was interested in setting up a jam with him, Rick Vaughan (who fronted The Arcanes), and myself. At first I was nervous to accept, being that Jamie was already in two bands, I figured he wouldn't be able to give the kind of commitment I would expect. This later ceased to be an issue when both The Arcanes and PLDM unfortunately disbanded roughly around the same time, leaving us three with only one option.
Elementals had their first practice on January 5th 2014 at Rick's house just outside of Almonte in his basement where The Apollohs had recorded their first EP. All three of us practiced hard to learn the songs that were being mixed and mastered in the studio. We quickly landed our first gig on the 31st of January at Zaphods in Ottawa, opening for The Dead Bees and Toronto band, The Beaches. It felt good to feel a part of something again, to be able to scream and jump around and voice myself again. This tribe we had created was beautiful, and it felt closer and tighter than anything I had ever been a part of before.
We begin our first recording session with Stefan Jurewicz at Leaky B's Lava Lounge on March 2nd and we cannot tell you how fucking excited we are to finally be releasing music that is truly Elementals.
I hope you enjoy this record, I cannot thank all of you enough for your continuous support, I promise you it does not go unnoticed.
- Cody Smith (Elementals)
ps, "elementals" was actually an album title I suggested for this record when Apollohs were recording, so, in a way, the spirit of The Apollohs will always live on through our music, peace.
released October 31, 2014
Jason Koster: Drums
Kyle Code: Bass Guitar
Cody Smith: Guitar / Vocals
Lyrics written by Cody Smith.
"Interlude" written and performed by Rick Vaughan
Guest Vocals on "People As Flowers" performed by Kara Askwith
Recorded/Mixed/Mastered at Sonic Weapon Studios (Ottawa) by Isaac McFaul and Ty Black.
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