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Nashville eight-piece ELEL, led by frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ben Elkins, has been swiftly rising over the past few months on the heels of their breakout single “40 Watt,” which is currently climbing alternative radio.

The ensemble recently signed with Mom + Pop Records and has been on the road with fellow Nashville outfit Moon Taxi and FutureSounds vets Generationals, introducing shiny new material along the way.

This group is easily one of the best things happening in the indie-pop-rock space right now. Just one listen to “40 Watt” simply isn’t enough, as the electrifying neon cut begs to be played over and over again. And at only three minutes long, the track is also destined to be a radio hit.

For Elkins, the band’s growing national profile is a pointed change especially for a guy who’s spent several years working Nashville’s local music scene. But he’s previously said they’d much rather have a slow build than to rush their success only to fizzle out.

Fortunately for ELEL, it seems it’s only up from here. The band will hit the road on their own tour starting on Feb. 26, including a stop at SXSW in Austin

Their self-titled debut EP will be released March 3 on Mom + Pop Records.

(Written by Tyler Schmitt)