EL is a Post Progressive Rock band from Tempe Arizona.
Jason Prichard (Lead Vocals/Drums) and John Banks (Guitar/Backing Vocals) previously performed together throughout the southwest region in various bands since 1998, most recently in Daughters of Fission.
Samuel Lersch (Bass) joined Daughters in late 2009. Sam and Jason also performed together in Fred Green since 2007 when Jason joined as their percussionist/backing vocalist.
Justin Beemer (Guitar/Programming) joined Daughters in early 2012 after being involved in a project called ZiROH from 2009-2011 with Jason.
After all the cross collaboration between bands, it only seemed natural for the four members of EL to create something new together. The concept of EL came to fruition in early 2014. The Elusion EP was recorded with Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, Flotsam & Jetsam, Jaime Foxx) and released later that year. The release garnered critical praise and was well received by fans. It is currently available on Spotify, Itunes, Pandora and Bandcamp.
The Elusion EP
“Elusion”, the independently released ep from the band EL, is a melodic, guitar-driven fusion of hard rock, metal, alternative, and progressive rock. Elusion blends pounding rhythm with soaring melodies and harmonies. While the band pulls some influence from metal, singer Jason Prichard prefers singing over the guttural growls and grunts found in many metal acts. The band’s varied musical influences can be heard in the reggae inspired sections of the song 80%, the post-metal reminiscence of ISIS on The Cave, and latin inspired rhythm in the latter half of Doomsayer, all without sounding disjointed or guilty of genre hopping. The band is explorative without feeling alienating.
Lyrically, the songs on Elusion explore universal themes and pull from the experiences of the band members lives. Skin Our Knees and 80% include themes of moving on, redemption, healing, and forgiveness. Doomsayer is inspired by end of the world hysteria every generation seems to feel is around the corner, most notably surrounding the 2012 prophecy. The Illusionist and The Cave (inspired by Plato’s Allegory of the Cave) present a skepticism toward blindly buying into trained modes of thought, sifting through the illusions and fantasies we are confronted with through media, nationalism, propaganda, religion, or marketing and trying to make sense of what is going on in the world. Is enlightenment a blessing or curse? Or is it more pleasurable to live in an illusion?
EL returned to the studio with Ralph to record the follow up to the Elusion EP with the upcoming album Elegy. It's expected to be released in 2019.