Ark Life have set off on tour this week.
From 2007 to 2012, songwriter Jesse Elliott led rock n roll band These United States through five studio albums and nearly 1,000 live performances in the US, Canada and Europe, appearing everywhere from Glastonbury to SXSW, Daytrotter to Lollapalooza and garnering praise from NPR, The New York Times, SPIN, KEXP and others.
In early 2013, Elliott was stopping over for a month in Denver on his way to a new life in New York. But as the members of Ark Life met each other, journeyed into the mountains and started playing music together, it became clear he’d have to stick around a little longer. The three-part harmonies of pianist Lindsay Giles, bassist Anna Morsett (also of TUS) and guitarist Natalie Tate blended too perfectly with veteran Denver drummer Ben Desoto (Nathaniel Rateliff, The Czars). Elliott was smitten and the result is a mile high ocean of uplift, equal parts mischief and heartthrob, that pulls as much from contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, Elvis Perkins and Sallie Ford as from the band’s enduring loves for CCR, Motown, Tom Petty and the classic campfire singalong.
Now one year old and 120 shows in, Ark Life has shared coast-to-coast stages with Ringo Starr, PHOX, The Moondoggies, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Head & the Heart, Mount Moriah, Ryan Bingham, Ivan & Alyosha and more. The band spent late 2013 recording its debut album with Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats in the producer’s seat with an eye towards summer 2014 release.
You can catch Ark Life live on the following dates:
Fri April 4 @ Basementstormer, Maquoketa, IA w/ Hunterchild
Sat April 5 @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL w/ Dan Hubbard
Wed April 9 @ Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO w/ J. Roddy Walston & the Business
Fri April 11 @ The Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, CO w/ Musketeer Gripweed
Thu April 24 @ Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO w/ Winchester Holiday
Fri April 25 @ FoCoMX Festival, Fort Collins, CO w/ Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Fri May 2 @ The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT w/ Little Hurricane
Sat May 3 @ Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO w/ Little Hurricane