New Release – Elephants Can Swim by Electric Pets

New Release – Elephants Can Swim by Electric Pets

Electric Pets are a four-piece from Derby (UK) fronted by singer-songwriter Emma Buckley. They weave a rich tapestry of mature dark-pop with a garage rock swagger. Unashamedly drawing influence from the foundations of rock n’ roll – everything from blues, rockabilly, surf rock, motown and old school R’n’B – Electric Pets combine all these timeless elements and frame them firmly with a twenty-first century styling.

The band burst on to the UK music scene in the Spring of 2022, releasing four singles and two EPs via the Reckless Yes label throughout the year. Their first single of 2023 and live favourite ‘Elephants Can Swim’ is out 24th April. Pre-save here. Phil Wagg, songwriter of Elephants Can Swim, answered some questions about the upcoming single.

What’s the song about?

“Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!”

What inspired you to write this song?

“I was going through a particularly tough few weeks, and had a chat with myself to lift me up out of my torpor. It’s essentially a conversation with myself, a kick up the arse so to speak.”

Do the lyrics have a special meaning to you?

“Yes! It’s a massive reminder to myself to just shake myself down and get on with it, when that kind of moment is needed and things are looking bleak.”

What movie or tv series should feature your song and why?

“The next Quentin Tarantino film for sure. He has this knack of picking cool music from all eras and genres and it somehow doesn’t sound retro or out of date, it always seems to fit the mood of the movie and that scene in particular and we like to think that we do the same. Yeah, we borrow from stuff like surf music, 60s girl groups and trashy garage rock but we like to think we give a modern styling – as a nod to stuff that grew up listening to that we think is great.”

Is the release accompanied with a music video?

“There is a video and although it’s not finished being edited yet, it looks amazing! We made it ourselves. It features a live performance from a recent gig at Rock City Nottingham, along with some cool old school film footage that illustrates what the song is about. Rock City is a large club venue and there was about a thousand people in the audience, so it’s going to make us look like U2, in our eyes! Joking aside, we had such a brilliant gig – it was part of a festival, so the audience were totally up for it. It will be on our YouTube channel, once the single is out.”


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