Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Spring 2012: special situations/festivals
Chamber pop collective The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir are back after taking 2009 off, due to the recovery from a devastating van accident (tire blew on the freeway). After a year of hospitals, rehab and finally rehearsals, the band played select shows in 2011. In early 2012, leader Elia Einhorn relocates from Chicago to Brooklyn.
The Bloodshot Records artists have shared the stage with the Arcade Fire and Ira Glass, Spoon, DeVotchKa and Dave Eggers. Their music has been featured in The Gossip Girl and The OC.
Welsh-born Elia Einhorn is the ringleader of this free-spirited collective of musical visionaries who turn out exuberant and rough-hewn chamber pop. Among the talent that performs and/or records with the Choir are core players: bassist and recording engineer Mark Yoshizumi, guitarist and vocalist Mary Ralph, drummer Jay Santana, violin player Ethan Adelsman, keyboardist Alison Hinderliter (Le Concorde), and a brass section made up of Sam Johnson (Mucca Pazza, Hawk & a Hacksaw) and Matt Priest (Canasta).
The extended Scotland Yard family is comprised of a who’s-who of the Chicago underground music community, boasting the likes of cellist / vocalist Ellen O’Hayer (Bright Eyes); Sally Timms (Mekons), Nora O'Connor (Andrew Bird, The Blacks), Kelly Hogan (Neko Case) and Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley), and Brett Whitacre (The Legendary Shack Shakers).
2009: ...and The Horse You Rode In On
2007: The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
A mini epic of bummed-out indie pop, filled with jangling guitars, rapturous string arrangements, horn fanfares, and morosely funny references to infidelity, betrayals, STDs, loneliness, and general disillusionment.
-- Chicago Magazine