The Elwins


The Elwins – singer/guitarist Matt Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl, guitarist/keyboardist Feurd, and bassist/singer Francesco Figliomeni – came together in 2006 near Newmarket, about an hour north of Toronto. After touring extensively behind 2012’s And I Thank You and 2015’s Play for Keeps, the four members developed a natural chemistry, which continues to propel (and challenge) their collaborative spirit on their third full-length LP, Beauty Community. Play For Keeps notably helped garner the band a 2016 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year with its first single, “So Down Low” which amassed over 25 million audience impressions, peaked at #12 Alternative Rock, and was featured in a Canada-wide advertising campaign for Fido..

The Elwins had never entered the studio with so many songs before. With the upcoming release each member converged on the studio with strong material of their own on offer. The introspective ballads seemed to pervade each songwriter’s creative impulse, weirdly putting some pressure on the band to figure out what this record was all about.

Says Elwins bassist Francesco Figliomeni, “Looking back, it kinda blows my mind thinking about all the different conversations we had about the new album and how much we supported each other through the process of making it. I guess it’s not exactly a surprise but a nice reminder that four different people with different tastes can come together and create something”

There seems to be an overtly upbeat spirit to the songs and a sensitive, inquisitive sentiment within Beauty Community – a particularly refined and dynamic display of the band’s powerful pop songwriting chops. A close listen suggests that certain things are being processed; relationships, life, the sense of (and not) belonging. In the end, Beauty Community is the work of an experienced unit – a band of brothers who know when to push each other out of comfort zones. There’s plenty here for Elwins faithful to cling to but also tasteful explorations that shed new light on the band.





Halifax Bloggers’ Midweek Mixdown (Side B) is stacked with the latest from Ellevator, Iskwé, danielle duval, The Elwins, and Kasador!


Black is the New AP Style shares a great feature on The Elwins!


CBC Hamilton says The Elwins have one of the songs you need to hear this week!


Said The Whale & The Elwins featured as one of top 10 Canadian Tracks of 2017 over at No Filter Ottawa!


CBC Music’s Top 103 Canadian indie songs includes tracks by Young Galaxy, Born Ruffians, The Elwins, Said The Whale, Scenic Route to Alaska and Iskwé!


The Elwins have a brand new video for ‘Watercolour’ over on PopMatters!


Indie 88 premiered new lyric video for ‘Dreamgirl’ by The Elwins today!


New video for The Elwins’ ‘Hocus Pocus’ video is live over at Exclaim!.


Brand new I Heart Hamilton Tour playlist is up and it includes songs from Iskwé, Jaunt, TEEN RAVINE, The Elwins!


New video for “Hey! Ya You” from The Elwins premieres at Huffington Post!


Said The Whale, The Elwins Nick Ferrio & Ben Stevenson all remain on the CBC Radio 3’s R-3 30.


Indie88 has The Elwins new album ‘Beauty Community’ ahead of the official release!


Nick Ferrio cracks the Top-30 on CBC Music R-3 30. He joins Ben Stevenson, The Elwins and Said The Whale


CBC Hamilton & In The Key Of C shares new tracks from The Elwins and AlphaCub.


Ben Stevenson joins The Elwins on the CBC Music’s R-3 30!


The second single from The Elwins is now up on Fingers on Blast!


#BestNewIndie includes tracks from The Elwins and Scenic Route to Alaska this week at Indie88 Toronto!


The Elwins second single “Don’t Walk Away From Me” from the forthcoming album is streaming now at Indie88Toronto!


SpinGrey adds The Elwins track ‘Hey! Ya, You’ to their ‘Workaholic’ Spotify Playlist!


The Elwins’ “HEY! YA, YOU” single added to Northern Streams ‘Venice Beach Indie Mixtape’ on Spotify.


Alan Cross Official includes The Elwins on their Top 11 Playlist for this week.


The good folks at Aupium feature the new single from The Elwins!


New album from The Elwins is coming! Hear the new single at The Spill Magazine.


New music from The Elwins has arrived. Head to Sidewalk Hustle for more details!


The Elwins made Dusty Organ’s Top 50 albums of 2015. 50 with a bullet!


New videos from Blimp Rock and The Elwins featured on Independent Clauses!


New Best of September playlist from Indie Music Filter features songs fromThe Elwins, For Esmé, and TIO.



NOW Magazine Toronto reviews Supercrawl 2015!

Our favourite line: “People braved the wetness to hear weird shit” Read the full review including thoughts on Spruce Invaders wsg/ Terra Lightfoot, Frog Eyes, The Elwins, Viet Cong (band) & more.


Check out The Elwins new video at Rock And Roll Creations!

Watch for them on tour throughout the fall.


New music from The Elwins, Spells Of Vertigo, and Milo McMahon on Novella Mag!

This month’s “Band Spotted” feature from Novella Magazine includes new music from The Elwins, Spells Of Vertigo, and Milo McMahon.


The incredible new video from The Elwins is up on WORDKRAPHT.

Expand your mind (woah!) with “So Down Low” now!


The Elwins are part of Alan Cross Official’s New Music From The Inbox this week!


New video from The Elwins is featured on Music Is My Life.

This video is definitely rewatchable.


Check out the new one from The Elwins at Northern Transmissions Video of the Day!


Another great video playlist from Quick Before It Melts feat. The Elwins!

Check out The Elwins new video for “So Down Low” and enjoy the weekend if you dare!


New video from The Elwins up on I Heart Moosiq!

“Canadian quartet The Elwins’ So Down Low is a driving earworm, a spirited and rollicking dance pop meets simmering rock single. If The Strokes and OK Go jammed out together, it might sound something like this energetic gem.”


New video from The Elwins video for “So Down Low” featured on CONFRONT Magazine!

File under: You have to see this. Again. and…again.


Genetically Impossible features the new mind-boggling video from The Elwins.

Watch “So Down Low” now!


New The Elwins video premiered at Indie88Toronto today.

A post-it note takeover!