A far younger band that worships at the sticky alter of The Jesus Lizard is Reno’s Elephant Rifle. Listening to the outfit’s new four-song EP, Teenage Lover, feels like jacking off with a jackhammer; amid strangled guitars and amputated rhythms, the group unleashes all manner of demons, psychic and sonic. But it’s done with an underdog abandon and sordid sense of humor—not to mention a proudly acknowledged debt to the eerie, GSL Records sound of the late ’90s and early ’00s—that distances Elephant Rifle from mere AmRep revivalism. They grow ’em sick and strange in Reno.
-Jason Heller, The AV Club
released July 30, 2011
Recorded and mixed by Robert Cheek at The Hangar. Mastered by Eric Broyhill at Monster Lab Audio. Artwork by Troy Ayala and Clint. All songs by Elephant Rifle.