For the first time a non-Japanese band is part of the NMFT roster.
Elephant Gym is a 3-pc math rock band from Taiwan consisting of brother and sister Tell and Tif respectively on guitar and bass and Chia-Chin on drums. The music is largely instrumental but both siblings do sing on a few tracks. Most songs are mellow with clean, jazzy instrumentation but they occasionally crescendo with ‘mammoth’ intensity. Comparisons to Japanese band toe are inevitable although Elephant Gym’s music is less melancholic and whereas Kashikura’s drumming is the centrepiece of toe’s music, Tif’s phenomenal bass-playing stands out as the focus for Elephant Gym.
Elephant Gym may seem an unusual name for a band but it describes their music perfectly. Elephant is a metaphor for their low-end bass-centric sound while gym is short for the intricate musical gymnastics characteristic of math rock.
Fans of Japanese math rock bands such as toe and JYOCHO that excel at emotional music with clean instrumentation should fall in love with Elephant Gym in a heartbeat.