Dover and the Elevators
A few weeks ago two bands came to town that blew me away. One of these bands is Dover and the Elevators. Dover and the Elevators caught my attention before they even started playing because they had old TVs playing movies on the stage with them. The singer, Ryan, had long pieces of fabric tied around his head and arms. Overall, there was a lot happening visually. It was awesome. Then they started playing their music and it all came together in an amazing way. If you get the chance to experience it, you 100% should. Their sound, along with their style, has a vintage feel. I described it to them as the music I imagine myself listening to while jumping in one of those old convertible BMWs, the boxy ones, on my way to do something rebellious. They make me feel youthful, carefree and edgy (as edgy as I can imagine myself being lol.) Anyways, their music is wonderful. I really love their DAWG EP. I already know I will be listening to it all summer. It is just one of those instant classics for me. On top of all the visuals and great music, the guys in Dover are incredibly kind and genuine. They deserve all the best and I can't thank them enough for being on this site. Their new record will be out in June. Stay tuned.
Ryan and Tyler on Dover and the Elevators...
Dover and the Elevators is:
Ryan Hansbarger: Guitar and Vocals
Tyler Wood: Drums
Bailey Mann and Jason Violante
Dover started in 2015 with Ryan and Bailey as a White Stripes cover band, but neither of us were good enough to do their songs so we just wrote our own. We made the Welp... album in September of 2015. In the summer of 2016 Jason Violante took over on drums for our first tour and eventually the Dawg release. Tyler inherited the drums again in late 2016 and has stayed that way since.
From Roanoke, Virginia
We are from Roanoke, Virginia. The scene in Roanoke can be hit or miss, and the scenes are very genre specific, but they can be pretty strong when the time is right. The genre specific scenes in Roanoke end up making genre fluid bands that can be enjoyed by people of any scene. Both of us in Dover try to support our scenes and scenes near ours as much as possible, we often attend, perform at, or host multiple shows a week. Local and DIY music produces a culture and community worth being apart of. We both love music and we loving being in a music community.
Dover is it's own being. We are just lucky that it works through us. The music writes itself, the style happens on its own! We never have a "plan" per say, we will have ideas, things we would like to try or produce, but when it comes down to it Dover just happens. That is the we way we like to keep it, exciting for us to perform and for people to watch, or at least that is the goal.
We are currently working on a full length, that is scheduled to come out in June called Cathode Ray. We are very excited about it, and very near its completion.
Dover always has projects, I (Ryan) personally always have more ideas than time to accomplish them, so we often bite off more than we can chew. We have multiple plans for music videos, albums, stage show ideas, and merch gimmicks. Some come to fruition and some never happen.
Dovers and the Elevators + L.A.Dies
The Split with L.A. Dies, along with everything else we do with L.A. Dies, was a lot fun, and has turned out better than we could have ever expected. The original idea started from an inside joke with them, where we would say "Nice hair idiot" to one of the group and their reaction would have to be "Yeah, I Guess" then next thing you know we both written songs based around the joke and then a split! The splits ulterior motive is also to support both of our perspective full lengths that are coming up. If you haven't checked out L.A. Dies then you should, but if you've heard of us, then you probably have, but they are the best band in South West Virginia hands down.
We Also have a tour with L.A. Dies coming up in June, we will be traveling up the east coast into Canada and back down through Ohio. We will be out for 9 days and putting miles and miles on the van.
TV + Performance
Our stage show is a lot like our music in its planned chaos. Originally there was no plan at all, until we decided we need lights. We had the idea of a tv, i knew where i could get one for free (which we still often use) and we grabbed a vcr from goodwill and bam instant stage presence! After that it has just evolved from there to the point where the most recent show we had four tvs playing 4 different Quinton Tarantino movies at once. We like to think of our stage show as being similar to professional wrestlers. We have an on stage persona and look, and we feed off each other, the music, and the crowd. Always trying to push the limits of wildness of our physical performance and tightness of the musical performance.
The tvs may have started as a joke or gimmick but now we have 5 tvs, 7 vcrs, rewinders, and a boat of vhs' most of which are all goodwill finds. The tvs have become as much of dover as we are or the music is, i often tell people that the tv is dover and we are the elevators. They have infiltrated our lifes so much that we have tatoos of tvs. I will see a tv on the side of the road, while driving, and have to tell myself not to stop and pick them up. Some people adopt lost animals, we adopt lost tvs. Which honestly those tvs deserve a good home, if you're cold they're cold. One of my honest beliefs is, if the people aren't interested in our music hopefully they will at least be interested in one of the movies we play!
- Ryan Hansbarger + Tyler Wood