By the time Elephant Tree hit the stage for their set at Desertfest, their second album will have long since been recorded. It might even be out. Or coming out. Or whatever. The point is there’s a damn good chance 2019 belongs to these cats outright.

Sounds like hyperbole? Yeah, it is. But well earned. Elephant Tree released their self-titled debut in 2016 and it was flat-out one of that year’s best records. Not just best first albums, like we’re grading on a curve. Best albums. The songs were there, the melodies were there, the vocal harmonies between guitarist Jack Townley and bassist Peter Holland (the latter also ex-Stubb, Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight, etc.), the foundation of groove from drummer Sam Hart -- everything worked. Not a lot of bands hit that mark ever, let alone their first time out.

What does the future have in store for Elephant Tree? Well, those who’ve seen them live either on tour with Stoned Jesus and Mothership or at any number of other fests and shows over the last year-plus have gotten previews in new songs like “Wasted” and “Bird,” but there’s much more to come from these native Londoners, who always provide a good time with riffs and shenanigans alike.

Says Townley: “Attending Desertfest London years ago was one of the main catalysts to decided to start the band! Pete even played the first-ever Desertfest London in 1887 with Trippy Wicked! Last time we played this festival I told a really shite joke and Pete’s trousers fell down (separate to the joke)! Actually, the time before that, Sam had to be carried out of the venue by the bouncers! Also were gonna playing loads of new songs and some club classics.”

Elephant Tree at Desertfest London 2019. You could probably ask for more than that, but you’d be greedy to do so.

Words: JJ Koczan