About the Artist
Looking for Portland’s Premiere Modern Rock Band? Element57 Answers the Call
“Sophomore release, Ripcord fuses modern rock radio-ready songs and a DIY demeanor into an album that finds the perfect musical duality”- Big Time Entertainment
“It is some of the most memorable rock you’ll run into. Element57 has forged a new rock sound for music fans who won’t be disappointed.”- Independent Weekly
In the land of indie, Element57 is the modern rock band Portland, OR has been missing. A 5-piece powerhouse that has been compared to the likes of Velvet Revolver & Audioslave, the band of veteran rockers shows it is up to the task on its sophomore release, Ripcord. While one can immediately tell that the band’s sound is rooted in early 90’s rock, the songwriting, production and arrangements are clearly living in the here and now. Think Foo Fighters meet Peter Gabriel…on steroids! Recorded with Sean Norton at his Portland, OR-based studio, SNAP, Ripcord is one of those rare records filled with the perfect amount of duality. On the one hand, it is chalked full of modern rock radio-ready songs like “20 Minutes,” and “Weather” and on the other, maintains a darker, DIY demeanor. From the ever-climbing title track, “Ripcord” to the driving pulse of “Lifeline,” the band overflows with energy and still meticulously attends to melody and form. Guitar and saxophone rise and fall over a waterfall of sound and a pounding groove. All of this is led by Chris Galyon’s incredibly dynamic vocals, which somehow simultaneously conjure up both Peter Gabriel and Chris Cornell. “We wanted to make a record that reflected exactly where we’ve come as a band without thinking about it too much,” says Galyon. “So we walked in and let it loose. I think it really worked for us.” Coming off winning the 2006 Independent Music Award– BEST ROCK SONG (for “Woke Up Late” (Radiate)), Element57 hopes for even more industry accolade with “Ripcord”. All forms of radio has been quick to respond. Portland clear channel stations KUFO 101.1FM and 94.7FM KNRK have added both “Ripcord” and “20 Minutes” to their play lists.
While the record is their strongest yet, the live show has also risen to new heights. When members Chris Galyon (vox, guitar), Jason Wilbur (sax, midiwind), Joe Gardner (drums), Andy Kallenberger (bass), Justin DeFreece (guitar) take to the stage these days audiences are connecting like never before. Galyon comments, “After several years behind the mic, you learn that it takes more than just good music to get people excited. We’ve finally found that ingredient to connect to audiences on a grand scale...our fans are responding to live shows like never before.
And its no wonder...Element57 was born out of the ashes of nationally acclaimed DIY band- 4th Plane Jaiant, who built a 7 year legacy with two albums, Tideline (1998) and Bipolar (2001), airplay on over 70 college radio stations and several western U.S. tours. The band is currently promoting Ripcord online and playing shows throughout the NW. Look for them at a venue near you. Learn more at sonicbids.com/element57 & myspace.com/element57 More about Element57….Element57 took home the Independent Music Award 2006 (2nd time also in 2004) for best hard rock/rock song with “Woke Up Late”, the 1st track off Radiate. Judges for the award included Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Melissa Ethridge, Bill Wyman, George Clinton and a host of other notable artists. In 2005 “Freedom” (Radiate) was featured by New Future Records, a New York label to be included on a sampler disc distributed throughout the music industry and reputable media outlets. In Jan. 2004, “Speak So Loud” landed on Indie-Music Vol. 1 nationally distributed by Arizona promotion wizards, Black Dog Promotions.
NOTABLE COLLEGE PERFORMANCES-
University of Oregon Oregon State University Eastern Oregon University Chemekata Community College Pacific University Hood River Community College Mt. Hood Community College University of Portland Portland State University University of Washington Washington State University Puyallop U Evergreen State University of Idaho University of Montana Montana State University of California Monterey University of California Berkley University of Arizona Arizona State University of Northern Arizona
1998- TIDELINE LP (Received airplay on over 70 stations on the west coast charting in 14 top 10's with "Queen for a day" & "Parachute".
2001- BIPOLAR LP (West Coast airplay and now distributed to 75 streaming/download digital music sites)
2004- RADIATE EP (Released to rave reviews and accolade)
2008- RIPCORD Just released (190 radio stations strong and adding)
BOOKING: GALYON INC
PR: BIG WHEEL PRODUCTIONS
STATIONS CURRENTLY SPINNING “RIPCORD” As of 3/30/2009
KUFO Portland, OR, KNRK Portland, OR, CILU Ontario, CSCR Ontario, KALA Davenport, IA, KAMP Tucson, AZ, KANM College Station, TX, KAOS Olympia, WA, KBSU Boise, ID, KCAC East Camden, AR, KCOU Columbia, MO, KCRH Hayward, CA, KCSS Turlock, CA, KCWU Ellensberg, WA, KDHX St. Louis, MO, KDIC Grinnell, IA, KDUP Portland, OR, KDVS Davis, CA, KDWG Dillon, MT, KEOL La Grande, OR, KEPC Colorado Springs, CO, KEUL Girdwood, AK, KFAI Minneapolis, MN, KGAR Lemoore, CA, KGNU Boulder, CO, KGUR San Luis Obispo, CA, KJACK Flagstaff, AZ, KKCR Hanalei, HI, KKSM San Marcos, CA, KLC Portland, OR, KLCR Dubuque, IA, KLPI Ruston, LA, KLSU Baton Rouge, LA, KMHC Gresham, OR, KMNR Rolla, MO, KMSA Grand Junction, CO, KMSC Moorhead, MN, KMSU Mankato, MN, KNWD Natchitoches, LA, KOTO Telluride, CO, KPSU Portland, OR, KPUR Forest Grove, OR, KRCX Denver, CO, KRSC Claremore, OK, KRUI Iowa City, IA, KSAU Nacogdoches, TX, KSCL Shreveport, LA, KSCU Santa Clara, CA, KSHU Huntsville, TX, KSJD Mancos, CO, KSLU St. Louis, MO, KSPU Seattle, WA, KSSU Sacramento, CA, KSTM Indianola, IA, KSUB Seattle, WA, KSYM San Antonio, TX, KTCU Fort Worth, TX, KTRM Kirksville, MO, KTSQ San Marcos, TX, KUIW San Antonio, TX, KUMM Morris, MN, KURE Ames, IA, KUWS Superior, WI, KWAR Waverly, IA, KWCR Ogden, UT, KWCW Walla Walla, WA, KWUR St. Louis, MO, KWVA Eugene, OR, KXZY Stillwater, OK, KZMU Moab, UT, Lasell, Newton, MA, M3 Radio New York, NY, Montco Blue Bell, PA, NVWR Reno, NV, Pirate Cat San Francisco, CA, Radio UTD Richardson, TX, Rainy Dawg Seattle, WA, SCAD Atlanta, GA, VIC Radio Ithaca, NY, WAMH Amherst, MA, WARC Meadville, PA, WARG Summit, IL, WASU Boone, NC, WAUG Rock Island, IL, WBIM Bridgewater, MA, WBKE Morth Manchester, IN, WBRS Waltham, MA, WBUL Tampa, FL, WBWC Berea, OH, WCBE Columbus, OH, WCCS Norton, MA, WCCX Waukesha, WI, WCHC Worcester, MA, WCLH Wilkes-Barre, PA, WCRD Muncie, IN, WCRX Chicago, IL, WCUR West Chester, PA, WCVF Fredonia, NY, WCWM Williamsburg, VA, WCWP Brookville, NY, WCYT Ft. Wayne, IN, WDPS Dayton, OH, WDTS Georgetown, DE, WDWN Auburn, NY, WEGL Auburn, AL, WEOS Geneva, NY, WERG Erie, PA, WERU East Orland, ME, WFCS New Britain, CT, WFDU Teaneck, NJ, WFHU Henderson, TN, WFNY Famingdale, NY, WGBK Glenview, IL, WGDR Plainfield, VT, WFLS Glassboro, NJ, WGTB Washington, DC, WHFR Dearaborn, MI, WHPK Chicago, IL, WIDR Kalamazoo, MI, WIIT Chicago, IL, WIPZ Kenosha, WI, WJCU University Heights, OH, WKKL West Barnstable, MA, WKPX Sunrise, FL, WKWZ Syosset, NY, WLCA Godfrey, IL, WLOY Baltimore, MD, WLSO Sault Ste. Marie, MI, WLTL La Grange, IL, WLVR Bethlehem, PA, WMCR Monmouth, IL, WMEB Orono, ME, WMHD Terre Haute, IN, WMLU Farmville, VA, WMPG Portland, ME, WMTU Houghton, MI, WMUC College Park, MD, WMUH Allentown, PA, WMUR Milwaukee, WI, WMVL Purchase, NY, WNMC Traverse City, MI, WPHS Warren MI, WPMD Norwalk, CA, WPPJ Pittsburgh, PA, WPSC Wayne, NJ, WPUB New York, NY, WQFS Greensboro, NC, WRBB Boston, MA, WRBU Peoria, IL, WRDP Chicago, IL, WRGP Miami, FL, WRGW Washington, DC, WRHU Hempstead, NY, WRKC Wilkes-Barre, PA, WRMC Middlebury, VT, WRPI Troy, NY, WRSE Elmhurst, IL, WRUC Schenectady, NY, WSBF Clemson, SC, WSBU St. Bonaventure, NY, WSCW Worcester, MA, WSDP Canton, MI, WSIN New Haven, CT, WSJU Jamaica, NY, WSRI Eau Claire, WI, WSRU Slippery Rock, PA, WSUP Platteville, WI, WSYC Shippensburg, PA, WTJU Charlottesville, VA, WTSR Ewing, NJ, WUIC Chicago, IL, WUMM Machias, ME, WUPX Marquette, MI, WUSM Hattiesburg, MS, WUSR Scranton, PA, WUTS Sewanee, TN, WUVT Blacksburg, VA, WVAU Washington, DC, WVCW Richmond, VA, WVFI Notre Dame, IN, WVMM Grantham, PA, WVMW Scranton, PA, WWSP Stevens Point, WI, WWSU Dayton, OH, WXIN Providence, RI, WXOU Rochester, MI, WYBF Radnor, PA, WZLY Wellesley, MA, XTSR Towson, MD