The Elephant 6 Recording Co.

  • four men playing music
  • a group of people with transparent masks on
  • four people playing music


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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Chad Stockfleth


The Elephant 6 Recording Co. shares the unique inside story of 1990s psychedelic rock bands Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples in Stereo.

Around 1985, a group of Ruston, Louisiana area high schoolers began experimenting with whatever random instruments and gear they could lay their hands on. Moving to other small college towns including Denver, Colorado and Athens, Georgia, their musical coming-of-age coincides with the new consumer availability of 4- and 8-track recording technology and cassette tapes.

Sharing like-minded sensibilities, influenced by past sounds and psychedelia, and with little to distract them, their efforts to create whole new musical worlds become the bands Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, The Apples in Stereo and many more. While the collective grew to a natural breaking point, its founding members overcame obstacles and remained closely bonded, reuniting for tours and still collaborating today.

The film provides insight into this revolutionary era of popular independent music in America, the defiant DIY spirit in music making, and championing the integrity of an authentic quest for artistic expressiveness over the more mainstream image of being a "successful" musician in our fame-obsessed times.

Tickets: $15 (Members from $10)

Promotional Partner: Kops Records

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