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Elixir History


  The history and evolution of The Elixirs starts as a band known as "The Stumblers" in mid to late 2007.  Dan Tedder and Joe King, the band’s long time drummer, were joined by Dan Savage on guitar.  In the early days of "The Stumblers" Dan Tedder played bass and wrote most of the music.  According to Dan, "The Stumblers" couldn't really get anything going so they kind of moved on...  Dan Tedder and Joe King continued to write music and rehearse.  Eventually, they added an old friend, R.S. Lowe, on bass.  Dan had moved from bass to begin picking guitar at this point.  The first show for the new band, now known as "The Boneyard Elixirs", was at The Berlin Pub on May 9th of 2008 in Fort Wayne, IN.  The Boneyard Elixirs played out as much as they could performing original music around North Central Indiana.  The band eventually parted ways with R.S. Lowe and picked up another old friend, Matt Losure, on bass.  Matt stayed on for a while then the fellas had to make another change, tried to get another old friend, Joe Rice, to join but it just didn't work.  The fellas ran into another friend, Dewayne Hughes, who played bass with them for a year or so.  During the time with Dewayne, the band played a few higher exposure shows.  The band really had a great time playing with Dewayne.  The band, now known as "The Elixirs", also recorded and released an EP/CD entitled "Gut Cuts" with help from their friends at "Gas City Records".  As luck would have it for the fellas, Dewayne Hughes left the band in late 2010 early 2011.

  Dan Tedder still fronts the band on guitar and lead vocals.  Dan is also the band’s primary song writer.  Dan pulls inspiration from life to write songs that drive an unapologetic, reckless, full throttle fist Right Square In The Face Of Mid-West America.  Whitt joined The Elixirs in 2011 as the band’s first Stand-Up Bass player.  Whitt is a fun, rowdy cat with a lifelong addiction to writing, performing and playing Rock and Roll.  Whitt had heard and hired The Elixirs for events in the past and actually had them booked for a charity event planned for early summer of 2011.  One evening Joe called Whitt and stated, “We are probably going to have to cancel the show because our bass player quit!”  Whitt threw his name in the hat and went over to jam with the fellas.  Upon arrival Dan stated, "Jesus took my mother fucking bass player again!"  The first rehearsal/audition went well.   The band sounded good and meshed well, and it just felt right.  Dan, Joe, and Whitt shared so many of the same influences and liked so many of the same artists.  This may not seem like a big deal to folks from the Big City, but in the little berg of Gas City, even meeting someone who enjoys and appreciates Punk, Alt. Country, Roots Country, and Psychobilly, is quite a rare occasion!  Not to mention, meeting someone who nearly has a mirror of your record collection!  The band continued to write new music, play live, and play out more, now traveling all over the Mid-West.  The Elixirs wrote and recorded their debut full Length CD "Long Gone" in the spring of 2012 the official release was in July of the same year.  Rounding out The Elixirs line-up was Dave “The Dudeist” on drums replacing Joe King.  Dave “The Dudeist” brought a ton of experience as a professional musician, and the hard driving beats and tasty fills that Dan had always heard in his head.  2012 was a busy and productive year for the band.  Dave remained with the band for nearly 2 years, and has remained a close friend to the entire Elixirs Family. 

  Nathan "Big Stick" Striedinger agreed to fill in for some shows in March of 2014.  This is where Nate's story ties to The Elixirs.  Remember the old Gut Cuts E.P. from back in 2009?  Yep!  Recorded and released through Gas City Records!  Nate and The Elixirs had been close friends for years, frequently doing show splits in their separate bands. Well, on a fateful day in March of 2014, Nate got a call from Whitt in a panic.  The Elixirs lost their 3rd drummer in a year!  The most recent had just broken his wrist.  The Elixirs had a heavy schedule in 2014 from Spring to Fall, like they usually do, filled with Car Shows, Rat Rod & Motorcycle Rally's, Hedonistic Inbred Music festivals and the like.  Nate reluctantly agreed to cover some of the shows so his friends didn't have to cancel anything.  Through the Spring and Summer of 2014, Nate evolved into the perfect-fit drummer for The Elixirs.  He Kills the Punk, Rocks the Rock,  and Shuffles the Shit out of the Punk Country stuff, as well as add to the high energy stage show The Elixirs are known for.  Establishing themselves as one of the Mid-Wests finest Original American Rock and Roll bands has always been the goal.  The Elixirs are having a blast doing what they love, writing and performing music and it shows!  You haven't really lived until you have stood at the edge of a stage watching and listening to The Elixirs pour themselves wholeheartedly into a high-octane set filled with raw driving stories about life. 

That brings us to today...

  In 2018, the band is proud to say the line-up is solid, the band is gelling, getting along great, the songwriting is evolving, and the performances keep improving!  In March of this year, The Elixirs announced that they have written and recorded a new record.  “Sin Alley” is the name, and DIY is the game.  The Elixirs used some saved gig money & purchased some home studio equipment.  Dan, Nate & Whitt have tracked, edited & pre-mixed 13 original Elixir tunes.  The band recruited Indianapolis's own Ryan Gibbons to help finish mix the new recording.  Ryan, well known in Indy for recording, producing and mixing, brought a fresh set of ears, a positive attitude, and experience to help the fellas get the record off to mastering.  The Elixirs decided to send the finished mixes to Paul Mahern at Mahern Studios.  Paul is well known nationally as the front man for the Zero Boys, and is a well-respected engineer in the recording and mastering business for many years.  Get ready in April of 2018, the new record "Sin Alley" will be dropping & you just gotta get your ear holes around this one!  Thirteen killer new songs, raw, real, and honest, the band is really excited to share this record with you!  It SOUNDS like The Elixirs, but more importantly, it FEELS like The Elixirs!

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