In January 2020, just before the Pandemic hit the world, Minneapolis' Eleganza! made the trek to Water Valley, MS to record at Dial Back Sound with Matt Patton and Bronson Tew. After day one, Tew wrote, "Eleganza! tracking day 1. It’s like if you could go back and hear your favorite rock n roll songs for the first time again."
The record harkens back to a time when a twangy ballad stood just fine next to a full tilt rocker, ala Sticky Fingers⏤and another Minneapolis band's records⏤The Replacements. Slated to be released in early 2022 on Dial Back Sound Records, titled Water Valley High, it surely will be worth the wait, pleasing those longing for Rock and Roll.
Eleganza!, led by frontman, Brian Vanderwerf⏤you may know him from the Estrus Records' band, The Midnight Evils, and the horn-driven Chooglin' (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records).
This 3-guitar attack put out their first record, Full Length, in 2019 on Party Records, with a re-release on Cornelius Chapel Records. The Minneapolis Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider wrote, "Garage-rock hound Brian Vanderwerf’s semi-twangy, post-Chooglin’ band finally dropped its debut album, which nearly lives up to the grimy groove and rowdy joy of its live shows...and a timeless raw power throughout."
The band features Minnesota music luminaries, bassist Tony Zaccardi (Romantica), drummer Tim Baumgart, and guitarists Jeff Johnson (Chooglin'), and Greg McAloon. Their sound widened with the addition of versatile keyboardist Charlie Smith (Frankie Lee/Caroline Smith) to fully realize the songs.
Eleganza! has had the honor of opening for a wide variety of acts including, The Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, The Seratones, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Supersuckers, Drivin N Cryin', The Cactus Blossoms, and more.
They expanded as a 12-Piece band to perform The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St in its entirety in the legendary 7th St Entry. They even made their first National TV appearance on Monday Night Football performing the theme song in 2020!
With the release of Water Valley High, Eleganza! has written and delivered their most inspired and lasting work, primed and ready to deliver it to all those starved for live Rock and Roll!
Things HAPPEN when you hear and see Eleganza!