The Elastic Hoax is a progressive party rock band from the Heartbeat of Connecticut – the capital city, Hartford. With a mix of edgy but fun lovin’ lyrics, insane electric guitar licks and thundering drum and bass, this band gets you out of your head, up off your ass, and dancing. A unique mash up of musicians, A.P.T., Jon, Dave, Naomi and Justin, were brought together in early 2011 and their music invokes the classic rock we all love, topped with punk, ska, and a little melodic cherry on top. So what’s in a name, you ask? In one word, The Elastic Hoax is a tribute to resiliency. In life, there will be situations or people that try to pull one over on you - “hoax” you - but it is your ability to bounce back that makes you stronger. Everyone has a story to tell. That’s ours, what’s yours?
Alex P. Taylor (aka A.P.T.) – Lyrics and Lead Vocals
A.P.T. remembers writing his first song at the age of nine, but didn’t truly pursue songwriting until years later when the shock of his friend Adam’s death woke him up to his passion for music. Inspired to write, the songs came to Alex from every part of his life and his positive energy quickly attracted collaborators and fans alike. He recorded two full length solo albums (with Jamie Sherwood): "Stop Signs and Red Lights" in 2007 and "Don't Miss the Bus" in 2009. The momentum of 2009 was inspiring and that same year, Alex founded The Elastic Hoax, with whom he recorded the album "It Never Happened Anyway..." in 2010. Then, as the right mix of personality and talent came together, 2011 brought a new line-up to The Elastic Hoax and the creation of their latest album, "Turn On the Light".
Naomi Reid (aka Imoan) – Back Up Vocals
Admittedly somewhere between ‘recovering choir geek’ and ‘diva’ Naomi is an exotic breed of musician. With the encouragement of two musical grandparents and a string of three amazing public school music teachers, this musical siren has been belting out tunes, banging on the piano and seeking harmonies since the age of seven. Classically trained at the Academy of the Arts in Hartford and New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, this soulful mezzo soprano loves the drama of opera, the synergy of symphonic choirs, and the beauty of acappella, but found a surprising new musical home with The Elastic Hoax in early 2011. If you listen for it, you’ll hear Naomi’s eclectic musical influences in “Turn On the Light”; everything from R&B and neo-soul to some reggae, ska and of course, a little classical.
Jon Snow - Guitar
Whiz kid guitarist Jon Snow is not only an amazing musician and performer, but has also touched nearly every part of the music industry over the last ten years from his roles as Crew Staff at Hartford’s Webster Theater and New Haven’s Toad Place, Booking Agent for Tempo and Rama Music, CD Reviewer for Orlandobands.com, Venue Co-Owner of Gravity Studios, and Band Manager of the bands Hotel Hurry, Weapon Of Fate, and Pellets On Target. Jon earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business and Master’s Degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. A natural composer and expert in sound engineering and production, Jon collaborated with songwriter and lead singer Alex P. Taylor to create much of The Elastic Hoax’s new album “Turn On the Light”.
Dave Perotti - Drums
When one door opens, another will close. Dave’s trumpet playing days ended when he made the switch to drums back in 9th grade and he’s been happily pounding the tubs ever since. With a new musical home behind the drums, the beats came naturally and during his freshman year of high school Dave started a ska band with two close buds, and has since played a vast array of musical projects and bands, including alternative rock, classic & modern rock, metal, even some jazz and acoustic stuff. Dave’s outstanding ability to instantly and innately play any beat on just about any kind of drum made him a serial collaborator. After various original projects, the cover band scene taunted Dave to the dark side back in 2008, but he made his way back to the songwriting scene in 2011 adding his rhythmic artistry to The Elastic Hoax.
Justin Theriault - Bass
Itching for a new musical experience, Justin started playing bass at age 23 during his first year of law school at the University of Connecticut. He’s jammed with a number of bands including Postal, a punk rock outfit (early in his musical career), Identity Crisis, (which was a summer project), as well as an awesome acoustic duo by the name of Nine-Twenty. Justin was also lead singer for Cometa (dance metal) and bassist for The Athens Stance (post-hardcore), who were both UConn Battle of the Bands finalists. During law school Justin played bass and sang in the illustrious (and appropriately named) cover band, Undercover. Justin was drawn in to The Elastic Hoax through a mutual friend and a fortuitous night at his favorite local hangout…and the rest is history.
Kurt Porter (Recording Bassist for “Turn On the Light”)
Kurt started playing guitar when he was just 11 and played his first show at age 13 in Phoenix, Arizona. After playing guitar in a couple bands during high school, Kurt found he was “going through bass players like dirty socks”, so he bought a bass, an amp, and instantly fell in love. From that point on, Kurt played bass with different bands including Rich Owen and Sabre Creek (2010), SwagR (2009), The Numpties/The Lesser Saints (2009), The Recovering Creeps (2008), as well as doing solo work under the name Saint Porter (2010). An already seasoned performer in his teens, Kurt gained industry experience while interning at Living Head Audio Recording with Dave Nichols in 2008. Soon after arriving in Hartford in 2011, Kurt connected with Alex P. Taylor and heard the early, bare versions of songs for the album Turn On the Light. Kurt showed up that cold night in January to audition with guitarist Jon Snow and drummer Dave Perotti, and as Kurt says, “we played like we had been playing together for years. Good musicians plus well written songs always makes for greatness.”