Elemeno P

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Elemeno P
Elemeno P at the 2007 Big Day Out
Background information
OriginNew Zealand
GenresRock, Pop Punk, Pop Rock
Years active2003 - 2012, 2016 - Present
MembersScotty Pearson
Dave Gibson
Lani Purkis
Justyn Pilbrow

Elemeno P is a New Zealand rock band. The band's first album, Love & Disrespect was released on 4 July 2003, and reached number one on the RIANZ albums chart. Their second album, Trouble in Paradise was released on 24 November 2005 and includes the singles 11:57, Burn, One Left Standing and You Are. Their third album, Elemeno P was released on 26 May 2008.

Elemeno P has been referred to as New Zealand's biggest selling rock band[1] and in 2006 won Best Group at the New Zealand Music Awards.[2]

Band members[edit]

  • Scotty Pearson - drums, backing vocals
  • Dave Gibson - vocals, (baritone)
  • Justyn Pilbrow - guitar
  • Lani Purkis - bass, backing vocals
Live performance members
  • Godfrey DeGrut - guitar, keyboard, saxophone, percussion
Former members
  • Dave Goodison - guitar, backing vocals (2009-2011)

During Elemeno P's set at the 2009 Big Day Out it was announced that founding member Justyn Pilbrow would be leaving the band to seek opportunities overseas. The guitarist standing in for the live shows is Dave Goodison, formerly of Garageland and the City Newton Bombers. He returned to the band in late 2011.

In May 2009, Elemeno P announced they are currently writing new material for a new album (described by Pearson as a "story-so-far album"), a timeframe for release is yet to be confirmed.

December 2011 saw Elemeno P release a new song called Slow Down Boy which they allowed fans to download for free after sharing on Twitter or Facebook.

In an interview on The Edge radio station in January 2012, Dave Gibson has said that the band plan on releasing a greatest hits album with a couple of new tracks in March 2012, along with a tour.


The band have toured with the Australian band End Of Fashion. Elemeno P toured New Zealand to promote their album Trouble In Paradise in late 2005/early 2006. This was part of the Summer Burn Tour which included New Zealand bands Deja Voodoo, Steriogram and Shihad (Christchurch show only). The band has also toured with Goodnight Nurse, performing all age gigs around New Zealand. In the 2007/08 summer, Elemeno P toured New Zealand with The Feelers and Atlas.

Winter 2008 saw Elemeno P, Streetwise Scarlett and Deja Voodoo tour New Zealand playing all the main centres and many small towns.

Elemeno P teamed up with New Zealand music legends Supergroove in the summer of 2008/2009 for the Rock and Roll Caravan tour, playing all the summer hotspots such as the Coroglen Tavern, Riwaka Hotel, and (with Shihad and The Datsuns) the Lake Hawea Motor Inn.

In January 2011 they were a headliner for the annual Christian Parachute Music Festival. In March 2011 they played at the Jim Beam Homegrown festival.

Dave Gibson has said in an interview with The Edge radio station 7 January 2012 that the band was looking at a tour in March 2012 to promote their greatest hits album which is currently in the works.

In March 2017, the members of Elemeno P are coming together from the USA and Auckland to play shows in Auckland, Christchurch and at Wellington's Homegrown festival.



Date of Release Title Label Charted Certification
2003 Love & Disrespect Universal 1 3x Platinum[3]
2005 Trouble in Paradise 2 Platinum[3]
2008 Elemeno P 3


Year Title Chart Positions Album
New Zealand RIANZ Singles[4]
2002 "Fast Times in Tahoe" 32 Love & Disrespect
"Every Day's a Saturday"
2003 "Verona" 10
"Urban Getaway" 27
2004 "Claim to Fame"
2005 "Verona"
"11:57" 10 Trouble in Paradise
"Burn" 36
2006 "You Are" 35 Trouble in Paradise: Special Edition
"One Left Standing" Trouble in Paradise
2007 "Baby Come On" 13 Elemeno P
2008 "Take The High Road"
"Better Days"
"Louder Louder"


  1. ^ "Elemeno P Set to Rock at City Concert". Venture Southland. 26 May 2006. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
  2. ^ "Elemeno P - the booty call of the music world". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  3. ^ a b "Gold and platinum New Zealand albums to 2013". Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Charts.org.nz". Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2008.

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