And friends, it doesn’t go much deeper than Bloomington’s own The Japonize Elephants, whose 9-member tribe was fabled as being “steered by the Emperqq of Zorlock through a catacomb of musical styles at hyper speeds only a Zorlockian could function at,” So, there’s that. And then, there’s the very clear, very concise directive that begins the one sheet (penned by SC founder Eric Weddle) for The Japonize Elephant’s classic, Bob’s Bacon Barn (SC005): “String the banjo. Lick the reeds. Pack the bowl.” And with that, we’re off on a wild, Appalachia-by-way-of-the-Middle East hyper-speed gypsy caravan that’s as baffling as it is inspiring and hilarious. The Japonize Elephants truly embody what it means to lead a creative life in the midwestern oasis of Bloomington, Indiana.