Song Premiere: SXSW Artist Hunter Sharpe Delivers Jagged-Rhythm Fun on ‘Elephant Walk’

Enjoy the brash, spastic, hook-rich gut punch of “Elephant Walk” by newcomer Hunter Sharpe, who’s about to be joined in his Austin hometown by a blizzard of bands for SXSW. This is one cat you’ll want to seek out if you’re headed to the booze-soaked music blogger Spring Break throwdown, as evidenced by the jagged rhythms and caffeinated howls which call back an early Jack White.

At 19 years old, Sharpe has already played ACL and LA’s El Rey Theatre and is gearing up for a blast through SXSW this year (see details at bottom). Recorded at Green Day’s Jingletown Recording Studios in Oakland, CA and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Beck), “Elephant Walk” is the first official single from Hunter and his band, consisting of Marlon Sexton, son of Charlie Sexton, Colton Kincaid, and Hunter Pierce. It’s a sizzling little alt-rock gem, and Crave is damn proud to premiere it today. 

“Scientists have proven that elephants have incredible memories,” Hunter tells Crave of his inspiration for the track. “They remember reliable water sources or where family members have died. They also never go back to an area with a drought. ‘Elephant Walk’ is about our experience as humans and how we can go impossibly low, but we still sometimes choose to forget. It’s about how our memories are selective and our existence is shaped by the recollections we cherish and the ones we throw away.” 

Keep up with Hunter Sharpe on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and his official site – and catch his SXSW dates below: