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A Dream in Sound: Andrew Rieger discusses Elf Power’s new album, current tour and big plans with Elephant 6

4 Oct

By Jesseca Bagherpour

Andrew Rieger grew up in Greenwood, SC, just a two-hour drive from the music town of Athens, GA. He admired R.E.M. as a teenager and credits them with his discovery of other great music. Now both Andrew and his solo-project-turned-band Elf Power, are fixtures in the Athens music scene as second-wave members of the Elephant 6 Collective. They’ve been together for 16 years, have released 10 albums and have consistently gone on extensive tours in support of each.

I spoke with Rieger over the phone on Sunday, and I have a feeling his affability and sense of humor help keep Elf Power together (well, that and his vast musical talent …).

When I asked him how he accounts for the band’s longevity, Rieger’s answer was pretty simple: “We just still enjoy doing it and it’s fun to make music and record music and travel and play for people all over the world. It’s a nice way to live your life, so it’s become a natural thing that we do.”

Elf Power’s tenth album is eponymous and the band released it on their label, Orange Twin Records. Rieger explained that the main difference between Elf Power and their past albums is the method they used to record it.

“We recorded the basic tracks at Chase Park studios here in Athens, then we took the tracks that we recorded there back to the home studio and recorded vocals and did a bunch of experimentation and we took it back to Chase to mix it there,” Reiger said. “It was kind of like the best of both worlds of a professional studio and home recording.”

It’s fun to record music and travel and play for people all over the world. It’s a nice way to live your life, so it’s become a natural thing that we do.

The record is also a special tribute to Athens musician Vic Chesnutt, with whom the band had become close after making an album, Dark Elements, and touring with him, including a tour just months before his death on December 25, 2009. Continue reading