SXSW Music Coverage: Cheers Elephant Philadelphia Indie Band Talks Beginnings and Being on the Road

SXSW Music Coverage: Cheers Elephant Philadelphia Indie Band Talks Beginnings and Being on the Road

Cheers Elephant is a group of four members who started out in Philadelphia. Bandmates Derek Krzywicki, Travelin' Mat, Jordan del Rosario, and Robert Kingsly were friends since kindergarten and remained friends throughout their school years. Recently, the band relocated to Southern California and they continue to write new music and tour together.

This is your third year here, right? What do you like most about coming to SXSW?

This is by far our busiest. We have 12 shows. The weather, the music, the Torchy's Tacos, the atmosphere.

Where are you originally from?

Originally from Philadelphia. But we just relocated to Southern California.

How did you guys get started?

We have known each other since kindergarten, (King, Mat, Derek) Pickering Valley Elementary. Jordan is Matt's cousin so they've known each other their entire lives. So we go way, way, way, way back. We've been a band officially since about 2007.

How did you come up with your name?

The first elephant they brought over to America, they ran out of water for the trip and all they had left were big wooden barrels of ale so that's what they gave the elephant to survive for the remainder of the trip. When he came to America, he wouldn't drink water anymore, only beer. So they turned him into a Coney Island sideshow attraction. So you pay a nickel, hand the elephant a beer, pops it open puts it down and Cheers Elephant. True story.

I heard you getting ready to record a new album.

We're getting ready. We've recorded a few tracks. We still have a lot to work on in the studio but now that we're all in Southern California. We're just starting to push hard, practicing and enjoying the weather of Southern California.

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Kathy Strain Kathy Strain spent most of her life outside of Philadelphia and has enjoyed Broadway shows for most of her life. Kathy moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2001 with her husband Ken and 3 children. She holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio and runs her own Public Relations company. She loves to contribute pieces on the arts to several outlets and enjoys writing about talent and sharing it with the world.

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