Even Elroy | Nothing's Really Changed

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Nothing's Really Changed

by Even Elroy

A Steinway grand piano in your left ear. Fender guitar amp in your right. Straight ahead rock in the middle. The latest from the San Francisco-based quartet, Even Elroy. Ben Folds with guitar. Coldplay with attitude.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Going Nowhere
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2. Only Time Will Tell
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3. Another Song About Life
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4. Only
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5. On and On
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6. Carnival Clown
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7. Ballad of Tommy Lee Jones
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8. Wanna Meet Katie
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9. My Street
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10. I No Longer Hate (california)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Piano rock has slowly been on the rise in the past few years with the popularity of Coldplay, Keane, and the like, but few bands have managed to combine the sound of pounding ivory with sophisticated guitar in the way this San Francisco based quartet makes sound so effortless.

In their newest release, Even Elroy delivers an album full of upbeat rock with a healthy dose of electric guitar, towering piano, and harmonic traces of Ben Folds, Radiohead, and The Beatles sprinkled throughout. And while “happy songs, sad lyrics” isn’t quite a musical genre, it does help to define the intelligent, wry, lyrical sense of a band who refuses to record sappy love songs or clichéd subject matter. Instead, stories of a carnival worker going through a midlife crisis or the yearning desire to meet Tommy Lee Jones are expertly woven around catchy, radio-friendly pop melodies, reminiscent of early Billy Joel classics.

Produced by Jerry Becker, whose credits include Rob Hotchkiss (Train) among others, NOTHING’S REALLY CHANGED is both a debut record from the band, and a second studio album from lead singer and piano guy Jeff Michaels. Michaels’ previous recording, Red Jacket, provided the basis for the group’s formation in 2003 and featured Steve Bowman on drums (Counting Crows) as well as members of the San Francisco Symphony.

Prior Even Elroy, Michaels was the original keyboardist for the acclaimed San Francisco band Luce, whose songs have graced the national airwaves and appeared in shows on NBC, the WB, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey), and 13 Going on 30 (Jennifer Garner). He is also a multiple award winning member of the West Coast Songwriters Association, was signed to Swallow Tail Records as a solo piano recording artist, and is the author of two novels.


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theowlmag.com

good ole' fashioned American rock 'n' roll
Even Elroy's Nothing's Really Changed is a stripped down, straightforward, no tricks album of good ole' fashioned American rock 'n' roll. Somewhere between the piano pounding of Ben Folds and the cute musical arrangements of James Taylor is where you could safely stick this Bay Area band. [They] are about being honest and pure, leaving everything out in the open for all to see. "The Ballad of Tommy Lee Jones," is a standout track, discussing how even though Jones is a Hollywood star, he's really just a common man. And that's who I think this album will appeal to, the common man. (- Noah Perry)

Eduardo

Definitely up there!
This album should be on the radio (if it isn't already), and these guys should be touring nationally (if they aren't already). This is quality songwriting, poignant lyrics, terrific piano work.... it's all great. Catchy tunes, to boot. Strong album. Shiny.

Eduardo

Definitely up there!
This album should be all over the radio (if it isn't already) and these guys should be touring nationally (if they aren't already). Great tunes, great lyrics, catchy beats. Strong album. Shiny.

Dilyn

Found you on pandora.com
hey! i was listening to a radio station on pandora.com and you guys came up. i liked you a lot and looked you up! im a huge music fan so i am always looking! i like you guys a lot! :-)

Co-Opted Music ~ Aaron Rubin

Clearly determined to succeed
This San Francisco-based quartet, led by singer/pianist Jeff Michaels, is clearly determined to succeed. Everything from the well-crafted, radio-friendly rock contained on the band's latest release, "Nothing's Really Changed," to the slickly-designed, user-friendly website at EvenElroy.com screams out "sign us – we're pros." And, lest the foregoing sentence be taken as some kind of snarky, indie-hipster criticism, let me say this: I thoroughly enjoyed the ten songs contained on Nothing.
Nothing kicks off with "Going Nowhere," an uptempo rocker sounding like a slightly more energetic Counting Crows, and in the nine songs that follow stakes out a territory ranging from the straightforward guitar rock of "Only Time will Tell," to piano-based pop reminiscent of Van Morrison on "Another Song About Life" and "I No Longer Hate California," to "My Street," a piano ballad that would sound right at home on a Billy Joel album. Even Elroy is not breaking any new ground, but the band covers this well-trod territory with skill, enthusiasm, and an evident respect for the timeless classics that the tunes on Nothing evoke.

auntienim

Love it!
Love the music ... heard it on pandora too while looking for new music to add to my ever growing collection. Definitely in my to 10 of CDs!

Alex Contreras

Loved it!
I found your music on pandora.com and I just loved it so much, I felt the need to add you on myspace. You guys are fantastic.

Alex Contreras

Loved it!
I found your music on pandora.com and I just loved it so much, I felt the need to add you on myspace. You guys are fantastic.

Kimby

On and On rocks!
I was just listening to my station on pandora.com and your song "On and On" popped up. I thought it was a cool song, so I checked you guys out on myspace... and found that your other songs are really good too. It reminds me of the Billy Joel stuff my dad often listens to... and that's definately a good thing.

Cheeerrss. :)

ViZion

AWESOME!!!!
This CD was awesome, picked it up at their CD release show and have yet to put it down. Not my usual type of music, but these guys definitely know how to put music together. Jeff rocks the piano in this album more than I ever thought possible. Definitely check it out for yourself
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