Elf Power’s Bryan Poole Talks Guns on Illinois TV News

So, here’s a funny thing. Yesterday, Champaign-Urbana, IL ABC affiliate WICD NewsChannel 15 ran a story on Urbana’s gun laws and how they conflict with from those of the neighboring Univeristy of Illinois and the presumed wacky hijinks that could ensue once the city’s concealed carry law goes into effect.

The “person on the street” giving his two cents is none other than Bryan Poole, aka the Late BP Helium, Elf Power guitarist and friendly Athens fella. Seems that Poole, “pedestrian,” was wandering the streets prior to the Neutral Milk Hotel/Elf Power show in Urbana and was stopped by the news crew, who were no doubt drawn to his scruffy facial hair and impish aura.

Poole’s sage advice? “Seems like it could be very confusing. The first thing that comes to mind is maybe they could put signs up.”

Watch the clip here.


  • AthFest is Canceled This Year as Coronavirus Spreads

    As the coronavirus continues to spread illness and unease throughout Georgia and the U.S., Athens suffers a significant cultural and economic blow as organizers have announced the cancellation of...
  • Five Acts to See at Ad·Verse Fest

    With an eclectic approach that mines the space between music, visual and performance art, Ad·verse Fest features an exciting, queer-centric lineup of scrappy newcomers and more road-tested acts, many...
  • Shane Parish & Sean Dail

    With the innovative North Carolina band Ahleuchatistas, guitarist Shane Parish pushed the boundaries of the early-’00s math-rock scene by incorporating international influences, as well as a healthy dose of...
  • Ruston Kelly, Valley Queen

    Specializing in a twangy, earnest brand of Americana he famously dubbed “dirt emo” in 2018, singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly made good on the term’s promise last year with the release...