From the recordings The Fall and Rise of JOHN ELDERKIN and ¡MOONBEAMS NO MAS! and The Fall and Rise of JOHN ELDERKIN and ¡MOONBEAMS NO MAS!
“When you put out an album, make sure I get it.” – Jon Pareles of The New York Times
“I want you on my radio show.” – Mike Watt (“Pedro Show” & Firehose)
“Regular guys who really deserve attention.” – SPIN
“Fun and rocking and wacky, but also sad and deeply moving. Everyone should hear this music.” – Vinyl Perk
“It’d be easy to put John Elderkin in the realm of John Darnielle (of the Mountain Goats)...there’s a similarity in vocals and they both take on the literary approach to songwriting. But I find Elderkin much more endearing and playful.” – Austin Town Hall
“This is an under-the-radar wild ride that'll blow the mind of anyone that really sits down and listens to it. Rock hasn't seen this much focused but unbridled creativity in a long time. Hot stuff.” – Midwest Record
“John Elderkin and ¡Moonbeams No Mas! are storytellers and musicians of the first order.” – Vents
“Songwriting with a cracked wit and scruffy Westerbergian self-deprecation.” – The Spectator (NC)
An epic Tall Tale wrapped in the guise of a full-blown rock opera, The Fall and Rise of John Elderkin and ¡Moonbeams No Mas! opens optimistically, as teenagers John and Danielle fall in love at a used-record store. However, our heroes are sorely tested when their dive-bar band receives an otherworldly message from the Cosmos.
John and Danielle's wild adventure exposes the heavy price we pay when we go all in; it's an Everyperson’s story of hope, loss, and resilience... and a trip to the moon in a homemade rocket.