Elemeno P Profile

Stephen Heard
20 Nov 2016

Elemeno P appeared seemingly from out of nowhere, a four-piece with straight-arrow, energetic, power-pop anthems. Equipped with a fun-loving attitude and the charm of frontman Dave Gibson, the band soon became household favourites across the nation, releasing a trifecta of top tier albums in the space of six years.

Despite rumours they were manufactured in a record label boardroom, Elemeno P was founded by friends Justyn Pilbrow and Dave Gibson. The pair met hitchhiking back from a party in their teens and subsequently crossed paths in various bands in the Auckland jazz and punk scenes.

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Elemeno P
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Fast Times In Tahoe (2003)
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Take The High Road (2008)
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Elemeno P - Sounds in the Sun - Auckland - 2010
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Elemeno P (left to right): Justyn Pilbrow, Dave Gibson, Scotty Pearson and Lani Purkis
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Lani Purkis
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Elemeno P Love & Disrespect
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Elemeno P press photo, L to R: Lani Purkis, Dave Gibson, Scotty Pearson (absent: Justyn Pilbrow)
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Elemeno P
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Elemeno P - Every Day's A Saturday (2003)
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Elemeno P - S.O.S. (2007)
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Elemeno P - Nirvana (2003)
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Elemeno P - 11:57 (2005)
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Elemeno P - Verona (2003)
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One Left Standing (2006)
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Elemeno P bassist Lani Purkis prior to a show in Taranaki
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Elemeno P
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Elemeno P - Claim To Fame (2005)
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Elemeno P - Baby Come On (2008)
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Elemeno P performing at the Civic Theatre in Christchurch, 11 July, 2008
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Elemeno P at Edgefest Auckland
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Elemeno P at Homebake festival
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Louder Louder (2008)
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Elemeno P at Edgefest Auckland
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Scotty Pearson and Dave Gibson on the red carpet at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards
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Elemeno P - Better Days (2008)
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Elemeno P on the cover of Gekkan magazine
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Dave Gibson
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You Are (2006)
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Elemeno P at Edgefest Auckland
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Elemeno P - Urban Getaway (2003)
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Elemeno P (L to R): Scotty Pearson, Dave Gibson, Lani Purkis, Justyn Pilbrow
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Dave Gibson and Justyn Pilbrow during the filming of the video for Fast Times In Tahoe
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Elemeno P - Justyn Pilbrow, Scotty Pearson, Dave Gibson, Lani Purkis
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Elemeno P's Dave Gibson and Justyn Pilbrow during the filming of the video for their song Nirvana
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Elemeno P - Burn (2005)
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Members:

Dave Gibson - vocals

Justyn Pilbrow - guitar, vocals

Scotty Pearson - drums, vocals

Lani Purkis - bass, vocals

Godfrey de Grut - keyboards

Paul Gerring - bass

Dave Goodison - guitar

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