Natalie Tate (guit / vox). Ben Desoto (drums). Anna Morsett (bass / vox). Jesse Elliott (vox / guit). Lindsay Giles (keys / vox). Anna Morsett (bass / vox). Lindsay Giles (keys / vox). Ben Desoto (drums). Jesse Elliott (vox / guit). Natalie Tate (guit / vox).
“On a hiatus from These United States — one of the hardest working bands of recent times — Elliott has relocated to Denver, Colorado, and cooked up a band to present stories…indebted to years and years of foraging, or drifting around, of sleeping on floors, of missing out, of living it up, of feeling shitty and exhilarated all in the same day/same hour, of wasting time, of finding love, losing love and not recognizing it. They are stories that have come out of him after all of these years of exhausted eyes, all of the dancing on the blade of a knife (as he refers to it)…and more than enough reasons to do it all over again.”
–DAYTROTTER
“Ark Life draws its biggest comparison to the Band … endlessly listenable folk-rock that would even make Bob Dylan proud. Fused with a little bit of soul, the group has a classic rock sensibility, but the taste of modern musicians.”
–THE DENVER POST
“Electric guitarist Natalie Tate, bassist Anna Morsett, and pianist Lindsay Giles made no secret of their weapon … the lush harmonies filled the room in moments that a lesser band would leave empty. Perhaps the vocal timbre of the gang could be likened to Fleet Foxes but with female dynamism …This is inception time, people. Think of all the bands you listen to and know. Did you catch them in the earliest days when that electricity was so palpable? That’s what I love about having witnessed Ark Life now. Later might be great, too, but now is now. ”
–STUBBORN SOUNDS
“I like the rambly, literate way Elliott always lets his heart and words bleed all over everything … His new Denver-based band Ark Life blends together a crew of good musicians to make some fine open-air/open-highway music, all tied up with three-part female harmonies.”
–FUEL/FRIENDS
“…sounds like a dusty classic, the kind you happen upon as you dig through a record collection or hear over the speakers at a BBQ that’s playing the local classic rock station.”
–SONGS FOR THE DAY
“Elliott sounds delightful with female songbirds sighing along with his melodically delivered big ideas, and this band — Lindsay Giles, Anna Morsett, Natalie Tate, and Ben Desoto — already gives off the air of a family thing, where the meals and miles are readily shared with any fellow travelers they might encounter.”
–DIRTY IMPOUND
“ … the palpable excitement that surrounds this quintet is a touch surprising and may well be a harbinger of big things to come … A deceptively mature and confident sounding band … amidst dense layers of rich swirling harmonies and ringing guitars, Elliott’s brilliantly penned lyrics paint rustic pictures … As his slightly brittle voice spins the tales, the band effortlessly blends elements of Detroit’s Motown and Nashville’s country into driving rock and roll that conjures the feeling of tearing through the dustbowls of the Midwest with the top down and the sun disappearing into a golden haze.”
–MARQUEE MAGAZINE