Download Our New Single, ‘Dodging Tigers’, Now!

And just when you thought you’d heard the last of Miss Elm (you didn’t really, did you?), guess who’s back with a brand new track? This one has been a long time in the making, and offers a change of pace from the last few releases. What do we mean by “change of pace”? We’re glad you asked. Have a listen on bandcamp:

Brisbane four-piece Miss Elm have been quietly gathering their thoughts, evading the limelight, and taking a collective breath. The band is evolving, and so, too, is their music.

Dodging Tigers, the brooding brother of 2015 single Ice Man, is a departure from “nice”, a departure from “little”. Recorded and produced by Phil Graham, and mastered by Adam Quaife, the track explores uncertainty, fear, and the feeling of handing your heart to someone who drops it.

The first Elm track to feature a fully-fledged guitar solo, Dodging Tigers is a creeping venture into the world of dark, crunchy synth, and sweet, poisonous vocals. The track is an ode to anxiety, a love song about desperately avoiding love.

Dodging Tigers, the last scheduled Elm release for the foreseeable future, is now available for download.

Miss Elm are Erin Harrington, Lucinda Bopf, James Lord, and James Peeters.

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Single Announcement: Tigers! Tigers everywhere!

If you’ve been wondering what Miss Elm have been up to, wonder no more. As it turns out, we’ve been wrestling battling kissing? dodging tigers all this time.

Our new single of the same name has been waiting in the wings while we took a bit of a rest, but the time for tiger hibernation (not actually a real thing) has ended, and we’re ready to unleash the beast.

Expect to hear some things that you’ve never heard in an Elm track.

Dodging Tigers will be available for listening and download from Wednesday, February 1 (AEST).

Check out the press release for Dodging Tigers below:

Brisbane four-piece Miss Elm have been quietly gathering their thoughts, evading the limelight, and taking a collective breath. The band is evolving, and so, too, is their music.

Dodging Tigers, the brooding brother of 2015 single Ice Man, is a departure from “nice”, a departure from “little”. Recorded and produced by Phil Graham, and mastered by Adam Quaife, the track explores uncertainty, fear, and the feeling of handing your heart to someone who drops it.

The first Elm track to feature a fully-fledged guitar solo, Dodging Tigers is a creeping venture into the world of dark, crunchy synth, and sweet, poisonous vocals. The track is an ode to anxiety, a love song about desperately avoiding love.

Dodging Tigers, the last scheduled Elm release for the foreseeable future.

Dodging Tigers LARGE

Miss Elm are Erin Harrington, Lucinda Bopf, James Lord, and James Peeters.

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NEW Single, ‘Ice Man’, Out Now!

Miss Elm’s long-awaited first single of 2015 has arrived! It’s available to stream (for free) and to download (for a little sugar) on bandcamp.

When it comes to creating music that is both lyrically engaging and sonically uplifting, Miss Elm do not disappoint. Now, the Brisbane four-piece offer their latest single, Ice Man, a stunningly-crafted track that explores what it means to discover that you never really knew someone.

Despite its name and the story that inspired it, Ice Man is anything but cold. Tracked live and produced by Phil Graham, and mastered by Adam Quaife, Ice Man combines the warm, unique tone of the baritone ukulele with layers of vocal harmonies and flute. The song is carried by a rhythmic vocal line and driving percussion, with a winding bassline threaded throughout.

Ice Man is the first Miss Elm track for 2015, and the first Miss Elm song to be composed on the baritone ukulele. Written during a time of creative exploration for the band, and a time of personal turmoil and growth for songwriter Erin Harrington, the song has evolved from a cathartic ballad to a radio-ready fan favourite.

“Fight flames with feathers, even though it’s icy weather.”

Ice Man, the highly-anticipated single from Miss Elm, is available for download now.

Miss Elm are Erin Harrington, Lucinda Bopf, James Lord, and James Peeters.

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Single Announcement: Guess who’s back with a brand new track?

After a lengthy period of creative hibernation, which may or may not have included a brief flirtation with faux-German techno, Miss Elm have emerged with a fully-baked single (and a weird craving for Bratwurst).

We can finally share with you our newest recording. Well, almost. Our newest single and–*not a biased opinion*–greatest track yet drops on October 1st.

For the details, check out the press release for Ice Man below:

When it comes to creating music that is both lyrically engaging and sonically uplifting, Miss Elm do not disappoint. Now, the Brisbane four-piece offer their latest single, Ice Man, a stunningly-crafted track that explores what it means to discover that you never really knew someone.

Despite its name and the story that inspired it, Ice Man is anything but cold. Tracked live and produced by Phil Graham, and mastered by Adam Quaife, Ice Man combines the warm, unique tone of the baritone ukulele with layers of vocal harmonies and flute. The song is carried by a rhythmic vocal line and driving percussion, with a winding bassline threaded throughout.

Ice Man is the first Miss Elm track for 2015, and the first Miss Elm song to be composed on the baritone ukulele. Written during a time of creative exploration for the band, and a time of personal turmoil and growth for songwriter Erin Harrington, the song has evolved from a cathartic ballad to a radio-ready fan favourite.

“Fight flames with feathers, even though it’s icy weather.”

Ice Man, the highly-anticipated single from Miss Elm, will be available for download from the 1st of October.

Miss Elm are Erin Harrington, Lucinda Bopf, James Lord, and James Peeters.

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Want to see it live? Catch us at one of our rare 2015 shows, exclusively in Brisbane, exclusively in October, exclusively exclusive:
October 1st at the Milk Factory, West End
October 4th at SPRUKE Ukulele Festival, South Bank TAFE

Can’t wait til October? (Really? It’s like two weeks away.) Why not ease your Elm craving with behind-the-scenes footage of our single-making process? Watch us go from the rehearsal room to the studio.

Running Up That Hill

Brought to you by ‘Lordy’s Living-room Productions’ we have our own rendition of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up that Hill’ in acoustic format. We may have forced a large greyhound to grace us with his presence with excessive pats due to his excellent moral support. No animals were harmed in the process.

 

Yours truly,

Elm crew x

New Single; Silence

We have had a fantastic year filled with madness, musical adventures, and fresh tunes. The year ended on a slightly sad note with James having half his gear stolen (we are now sans bass guitar, synth, bass amp and electric guitar), however we did not let this dampen our spirits in delivering a delicious musical morsel “Silence” (available as a free download on Triple J Unearthed).

So Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and may you enjoy our musical offering (in live acoustic and studio form). Be a good chap and share it around 😉  We’ll be back soon.

 

 

Hybrid Tour Entry Four: Currumbin Everywhere Man

It’s been a week since our tour officially finished, and in true “lalala nope I can’t hear you” fashion, I have put off writing this blog. The end of a tour is always kind of a relief and kind of depressing. On the one hand you’re glad to be away from those FREAKS you call band mates (amirite, you guys?), but there’s also a sense of falling back to Earth, remembering that you’re not yet a wildly-famous rock star and actually you should do some groceries.

The full Elm band reunited the night before the Currumbin show for a sneaky little “practice show” (the first time we’d seen each other since before the ladies went away) at Ric’s with our band-cestuous buddies, The Ride. Safe in the knowledge that we hadn’t forgotten how to play all of our stuff, we kicked back after our set to enjoy The Ride (see what I did there?).

Cue a day where Brisbane forgets that it’s spring and goes full summer on our asses, and it’s time to drive to Currumbin. Last time we hit the Gold Coast for a show, we’d spent the week before driving horrendous distances. This time, we’d been on one of them metal sky birds what use voodoo to stay in the clouds, and were used to a level of speed and hands-offness not afforded by a Hyundai Getz on a congested Queensland highway. Still, we got through with only minimal road rage (and maximum selfie action).

Always keep your eyes on the road, UNLESS you can ruin someone's selfie

Always keep your eyes on the road, UNLESS you can ruin someone’s selfie

The Currumbin crowd welcomed first act Liam Ward with the warmth and joy of a group of people who’d stumbled in from the heat to find cool air, cold beer, and quality live tunes. We were up next, and though the crowd was loud, we were louder, smashing out our signature sweet-meets-heavy tunes.

We didn't even tell him to pose

We didn’t even tell him to pose

...without a paddle?

…without a paddle?

 

Our old friend (and regular GC gig-mate) Holly Terrens, took to the stage next (with faithful drummer, Dan), and did an equally good job of turning heads and impressing the locals. Rounding out the night was the lad of the hour, Scott Dalton (and his merry band), launching his EP “Bitter Sweet”. (Something about “bitter”, eh? *shameless link to Bitter Taste*)

Holly Terrens plays the barefoot blues

Holly Terrens plays the barefoot blues

Scott Dalton melts hearts and faces

Scott Dalton melts hearts and faces

Musical catch ups (including singing happy birthday to some guy)

Musical catch ups (including singing happy birthday to some guy)

And so ends another tour. But, don’t expect us to go away (or stop asking you to buy and review our stuff), because we have plenty lined up locally for November/December. Catch us on November 8 and 9 at the Billy Blue Design College Festival of Change, and on 16 November at the Great Get Together Seventeen Mile Rocks as part of the G20 cultural celebrations.

I’ll leave you with a lovely picture of Jimmy.

That face

That face

 

Elm Crew xx

Hybrid Tour Entry Three: Ade-ladies

It had been more than two years since Adelaide had received a dose of Elm, so we were well overdue for a visit. We felt kind of sleazy about the whole thing, since the last time we were there we’d wined and dined Adelaide, written it a song, and then disappeared into the ether, without so much as a phone call. Luckily, Adelaide is an easy-going kind of town, and it welcomed us back like old friends (especially when we told it that ‘Adelaide’ had been nominated for a Queensland Music Award).

How can you stay mad at those faces?

How can you stay mad at those faces?

We rolled into town, bringing the Sydney sunshine with us, and promptly passed out for a short spell before our show. Lucy’s excellent family set us up with beds and snacks, and became our Adelaide tour guides and chauffers. We dressed, matching floral headbands in place, and headed into The Exeter.

Ready to rock and/or roll

Ready to rock and/or roll

It seemed that while we flew, the apocalypse had begun quietly, on Rundle Street, of all places. The undead roamed freely, moaning excitedly about brains and dragging their rotting, bloodied bodies into various entertainment establishments. The Exeter was not immune. We loaded our gear in, dodging nightmarish dolls and cheerful cadavers. Unfazed by the impending doom, we enjoyed a pre-gig tea, and celebrated another tour reaching the halfway point (and the fact that our brains were intact).

Well, it was nice knowing her...

Well, it was nice knowing her…

If you pour it before the hourglass runs out, you're going to have a bad time

If you pour it before the hourglass runs out, you’re going to have a bad time

 

Our stripped-back duo set was once again met with an appreciative crowd and generous applause. (It was so good, in fact, that we might even ditch the boys altogether.*) Local indie-folksters, Life in Letters, took the stage next, and treated The Exeter to a sweet and ambient full band set. Their room-filling sound drew in even more onlookers, both alive and undead. We saw some familiar Adelaide faces, plus plenty of new ones (some of them with spectacular beards).

We spent our last couple of days exploring the Botanical Gardens, hanging out in little cafes, and doing more even op shopping, because shut up I can’t hear you bank account. We headed out to see the mind-boggling Adam Page perform his multi-instrument, loop-tastic show, and even met a new toy: the harmony flute. The last stop on our musical adventure was WOW FM, where we played some live tunes and chatted about all things Hybrid with our new friend (and fan) Steven.

Lucy plays the harmony flute (badly)

Lucy plays the harmony flute (badly)

We packed our bags—lighter from the CDs we’d sold, and heavier from the shopping we’d done—and said our farewells to Adelaide once again. We will call, Adelaide. We promise.

Could this be the composition of Adelaide 2?

Could this be the composition of Adelaide 2?

The sun sets on our trip (ow, right in the feels)

The sun sets on our trip (ow, right in the feels)

The jet-setting has finished, but the Hybrid Tour continues! Our last tour show, at the Currumbin Creek Tavern, with Scott Dalton, Holly Terrens, and Liam Ward, is on Saturday 25 October. The full band reunites. There will be hugging. Don’t miss it.

 

Elm Crew xx

 

*Unless they’re reading this, in which case, I’M KIDDING!^

^I’m not kidding.

Hybrid Tour Entry Two: Syd-ing Around

Despite what that awful title pun suggests, it felt like we did not stop moving the entire time we were in Sydney. We arrived at our Airbnb room, thoroughly sick of dragging a heavy keyboard case around, and starving our asses off. Our lovely hosts, Kym and Phil, recommended a café that was (thankfully) a short walk away. Erin’s excitement over eating salmon with a side of bacon was met with pleasant bemusement by our waiter (who somewhat timidly posed for a “here I am, serving your breakfast” photo).

Salmon, eggs, bacon, toast, beans, salads, ALL OF THE FOODS

Salmon, eggs, bacon, toast, beans, salads, ALL OF THE FOODS

Just barely sophisticated enough for Sydney

Just barely sophisticated enough for Sydney

Erin sums up her feelings about finally getting to eat

Erin sums up her feelings about finally getting to eat

After devouring a meal that served as both breakfast and lunch, we headed back to squee some more over Kym and Phil’s bunny, Pia, and enjoyed about an hour in our room before it was time to pretty up and hit the Petersham Bowling Club for show number two (or show number one of the actual traveling portion of the tour).

It's a bunny!

It’s a bunny!

NO, seriously, you guys. IT'S A BUNNY!

NO, seriously, you guys. IT’S A BUNNY!

 

The night kicked off with some soulful guitar tunes from the very talented (and well-bearded) Direwolf; the vibe was established and the crowd was nicely warmed. We jumped up, our assortment of instruments in hand (or on stand, in the case of the keyboard), and began our set. It’s always strange for us to play without our D&B extraordinaires backing us up. (Don’t tell them that we miss them; it just inflates their already-enormous egos.) The interesting thing about the duo setup, though, is that we can hear ourselves (!!), and that we get a chance to prove our musicianship in a different format. And speaking of musicianship, holy Button Collective, Batman! Those three dapper gentlemen (minus their equally dapper percussionist, a fellow Brissie girl) absolutely worked the room, eliciting both stunned silence and raucous applause (and sing-alongs).

Our sound guy, Richard, working the stage

Our sound guy, Richard, working the stage

Direwolf howling at the moon (sorry--but also, Winter Is Coming)

Direwolf howling at the moon (sorry–but also, Winter Is Coming)

The Button Collective doing their exceptionally good thing

The Button Collective doing their exceptionally good thing

The spirit of adventure told us that we should kick on and celebrate a great show. The spirit of “holy shit, I’m tired”, along with our sense of how damn heavy that stupid keyboard is, told us to go home and try again tomorrow.

And try again we did. We bravely boarded the light rail, and headed where no man has gone before (or, like, Leichhardt) for a quick catch up with our favourite producer (genuine unpaid endorsement), Michael Carpenter. We were delighted to find that small, non-bodily fluid-related pieces of Elm remained at the studios (see below). Mostly, though, we were just glad to be able to hand over a shiny new EP to the man who helped us make it happen. (We were also happy to eat chips.)

There's a big tree in Leichhardt

There’s a big tree in Leichhardt

FUGRO lives!

FUGRO lives!

After a day of shopping—and easily a couple of extra kilos in each of our suitcases—we scrubbed up again, and headed to Newtown to hit some small bars, as recommended by some locals. Despite a promise to ourselves that we would not have a late night, we had a late night. Call it tour madness. Call it YOLO. (Actually, don’t. Ugh.) We woke up the next day feeling less than amazing, but our Sydney bud, Dan The Spectacular, whisked us away to a hangover-busting breakfast, and we said our farewells to Sydney.

A well-deserved girls' night out

A well-deserved girls’ night out

"When I told the waiter I wanted to be the little spoon, this is not what I meant"

“When I told the waiter I wanted to be the little spoon, this is not what I meant”

Dan the Incredible (he's the one who is usually behind the camera)

Dan the Incredible (he’s the one who is usually behind the camera)

 

Thanks for having us again, Sydney. You’re alright. Here’s a picture of Erin being a rock star at your airport. You’re welcome.

Peace out, Sydney

Peace out, Sydney

Stayed tuned for an Adelaide update, and a self-review of our show at The Exeter. (Spoiler: We were great.)

 

Elm Crew xx