Formed in Lawrence, KS in 2002.

Radio station: Listen to music by Kelpie

Upcoming shows

No scheduled events.

Past shows


Current Status: Playing instruments, sleeping on floors, eating your bread, touching butts, and playing some shows in the Middle West.

Sound description: Pop rock

Influences: Keeping it Pert

Similar to: Karate, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Shudder to Think


Alt / Indie rock, Pop


Name Released Label
Album cover One 2003 Archer Avenue Records
Album cover Hey Friends, It's Kelpie! 2005 Birthday Party Records

Audio interviews

Topic Duration Posted
How religion infuses his lyrics. None July 21, 2004
What the band name means and why they chose it. None July 21, 2004


In recent times, a Spanish company known as Polyphonic HMI has developed a program aimed at predicting hits in the music business. The program, Hit Song Science (referred to in the biz as HSS), has been the dirty little secret of labels and A&R reps for an unspecified amount of time. This technology allows the bean counters to assess music on a level previously uncertain: in dollars and cents.

But don't tell Kelpie.

For the past three years, the Lawrence, KS quartet has been churning out songs with hooks and melodies that would score off the charts with a program like HSS. But unlike other acts, Kelpie refuses to drill the catchy moments in to the listener's heads, instead opting to lure them back with unpredictable song structures and shifting meters.

In late 2004, Kelpie holed up in the rural oasis of Great Western Record Recorders to create their second full length recording. With Matt Talbot (formerly of Hum) at the helm, the band was able to make the album the way they had dreamed of: complete isolation, immersion in the studio and no computers. The record, 2005's "Hey Friends It's Kelpie!" raised the bar from their 2003 debut, "One", and further shows the bands creativity and originality with their own brand of progressive pop music.

Showing no signs of slowing, the boys of Kelpie continually stays musically active with touring and are in high demand among the rock and roll community. Among many other musical ventures, the rhythm section can be spotted as touring members of the Doghouse records band Koufax.