June 2, 2008
Elsinore is an up-and-coming Champaign/Urbana-located band who used to be all about acoustic guitars and Americana but recently decided to try their hand in the burgeoning Indie Rock scene. I hadn’t heard the band’s old sound going into the show so I can’t comment on how well the transition’s going but I can say that their new indie-friendly sound is top notch. The band is able to stand apart from the pack based on Ryan Groff’s oustanding vocals and their loose catchy melodies. After Elsinore’s impressive Summer Camp set, I’m very much looking forward to hearing more from the band.
You can hear a couple of their newer songs (Landlocked is my personal favorite) at Elsinore’s myspace. Here’s an older one called “Cannonballs”, a lovely folk song showcasing Groff’s vocals and the band’s ear for melody.