October 12, 2010


Interview-The Power of Elves: Athens band brings magical flair to Cville (Stephanie Garcia, Oct 4, 2010, Hook)

Elf Power quickly found a place of its own, churning out ten albums including their most recent release, a forceful and poignant remembrance of their late friend and collaborator Vic Chesnutt, the partially paralyzed singer-songwriter who committed suicide on Christmas Day in 2009.

Rieger tells the Hook he was a big fan of Chestnutt, having begun listening to him long before they first collaborated in 2008 on the Dark Developments album and its subsequent tour.

The Hook: How did the collaboration with Vic Chesnutt come about?
Andrew Rieger: He was asked to do this live music television show, and he asked us to be his backing band. We rehearsed with him for awhile, and he really liked the arrangements we came up with for his new songs, so he suggested we do an album together.

The Hook: And what was that process like?
AR: Over the course of a year, we’d go to his attic studio in his house and he’d show us a song. We’re used to coming up with demos, a long, gradual process. Vic had an instinctual feeling, didn’t want us to over-think it, so it was a really cool way to record. We’d run through it, record it, then move on.

The Hook: So how does this new eponymous album reflect your grief?
AR: Some people have read into some of the lyrics, and asked, “Is this about Vic?” Vic died on Christmas, and we started recording the second week of January. We were definitely thinking about Vic while we were recording, but it was all written before Vic died.

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