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.


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.


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.

Hybrid Tour Entry One: Home-Town Hybrid

The home-town show is always pretty nerve-wracking. It’s a different kind of pressure from the interstate shows. People you know will probably be there (well, they had damn well better be), and you’re more likely to have spent the day at work, only to fly frantically to the gig venue, smashing down a snack and trying to make yourself look less “4pm meeting” and more “godly rockstar”.

I think we did OK.

I think we did OK.

We spent the day of the show exchanging last-minute texts, and posting goofy pre-gig photos to AAA Backstage’s Instagram as part of their ‘A Day in the Life…’ project. (Hint: If you want pictures of shoes and hotdogs, you want us running your Instagram.)

If you play a good show, you deserve a hotdog

If you play a good show, you deserve a hotdog

Smooth lads Dane Adamo and the Hunted were first to grace the kick-ass big stage (as opposed to the modest-ass foyer stage) at the New Globe Theatre. We listened thoughtfully, sipping sophisticated drinks (probably beer), and pretending like it was no big deal that it was our turn next. The crowd swelled, the set finished, and then we were up.

Game view: Rockstar

Game view: Rockstar


Vintage Jimmy


This gig marked the official launch of our Hybrid EP, and its first hard-copy appearance in public. In fact, we have such a limited number of this EP that we are selling them exclusively at shows until the end of our tour. So, you won’t be able to nab a sneaky copy from your favourite band member until the end of October (if there are even any left). I guess what I’m saying is: get your buns to a show!


The Elm collection

Mmm, buns. But I digress…

The Brisbane show was exciting and important for another reason, too. Our good friends (and the other band in our bitter custody dispute for Jimmy and Lordy), The Ride, came out of musical hibernation to headline the show and totally blow everyone’s freaking minds. Although they refused my request to play a certain song whose themes centre around a dalliance with a male parent, I have to admit that their set was tighter than your mum’s skirt. (Boom!)

You’ll hear from us (well, two of us—the pretty ones) again after our Sydney show tonight. If you’re in town, you should absolutely come to the Petersham Bowling Club from 7pm for Porch Light Sessions with The Button Collective, us, and Direwolf. We play at 8:30pm. I hear there is booze and pizza.

If you can’t make it to the show, you should grab a digital copy of Hybrid here 😉


Elm Crew xx