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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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 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

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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!

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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

Crystal Ball Tour Entry Three: The final countdown

After some puzzlement over why Erin was telling us that she’d “see [us] on Wednesday”, we remembered that the tour was not all the way over. How could we forget our local shows?! (Sleep deprivation, the sweet relief of being out of a car, possible hangovers. All likely suspects.)

 

Brisbane

Playing at the (New) Globe kind of brings Miss Elm full circle. The very first gig that Erin and Lucy ever did as a ‘band’ (with the delightful Ainsley Wynne) was in that very venue, albeit on a different stage. Technically speaking, we weren’t Miss Elm then anyway, but shhhhh, nostalgia. Despite our lack of research into the date—it was only STATE OF ORIGIN—we pulled a decent little crowd to our only Brisbane show of the tour (with many thanks to Matthew Graham and Josh McCartney for their crowd-magnet skills). When you’re up to your sixth show in a week and a half, stage fright becomes a distant, stupid memory. “This performing thing? In my damn sleep.” It was great to be home and more rested, and even better not to have spent the entire day together pre-gig (no offence, you guys). To be honest, I missed the giddiness that comes of sub-optimal levels of sleep and long hours of car. Heading to a gig after work isn’t quite the same as hauling ass there from another city. Alas, the rock star life must be funded, and so the Brisbane show proceeded post-adult-obligations.

Squeezing lots of music onto the stage at the New Globe Theatre

Squeezing lots of music onto the stage at the New Globe Theatre

Meeeeemoriessss

Meeeeemoriessss

Gold Coast

Sometimes the thought of driving for an hour can be daunting. Luckily for us, a week of much more than an hour of driving prepared us well. In fact, I was surprised when we pulled up to our destination so quickly. “Surely I have to spend more time in this metal tomb before I’m allowed out, right?” Not so, dear reader. We were on the Gold Coast in a (non-literal) jiffy, and ready to smash out our last show of the tour. If show number six was a piece of cake, then show number seven was a three-tiered torte (if that even works). It was a damn good show, is what I’m saying. We kicked back to listen to Maple (musically gifted in both English and Chinese), Holly Terrens (fresh from a tour to Japan), and Alexandra (back to rocking the gigging scene after a hiatus). We were privileged to play our final tour show to a thoroughly warmed-up audience, and ended our month of musical madness with a bang (and an encore).

Elms are always welcome at the Loft ;)

Elms are always welcome at the Loft 😉

Erin getting spiritual

Erin getting spiritual

Lucy contemplates life/the melodica

Lucy contemplates life/the melodica

Don't be sad, Erin! It's our last show, but we'll be back soon :D

Don’t be sad, Erin! It’s our last show, but we’ll be back soon 😀

Holly Terrens (and her merry band) lighting up the stage -- I didn't get pics of anyone else (too busy enjoying their music, no doubt)

Holly Terrens (and her merry band) lighting up the stage — Sadly, I didn’t get pics of anyone else (too busy enjoying their music, no doubt)

Did you miss us during this tour? Kicking yourself that you couldn’t make it to a show? Wishing you’d known that Queensland was going to lose so you could have skipped the game to come and see us? Fret not. We will be back with a special early evening appearance at the Seed Project, Friday July 18 at QPAC (Brisbane). Look out for the Facebook event, coming soon.

Plus, the fruit of our hard studio labour is coming together into a shiny release for you. I’m talking, of course, about our next EP. Details, including the title and release date of the EP, are also coming very soon. All good things take time, as they say (whoever ‘they’ are).

 

Elm Crew xx

EP Recording at Love Hz: Day Four

Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.

Well, our studio lives.

Unfortunately this hourglass is way low on sand, and we’re as tired as this analogy.

But our final day at Love Hz was by no means less banging than the three preceding days. Friday was all about polishing what we’d done, and laying down our final (bonus) track for the EP. It’s safe to say that we’re pretty sick of the sight, sound, and smell of one another, but we’ve loved our time together. Plus, we only get six days at home before we jump in Peggy-Sue the Land Cruiser and mosey on down the east coast. It’s band love month.

All five of our tracks are sounding even better than we knew they could, thanks to the genius of Michael Carpenter. Now it’s on to mixing, pouring into a CD case, and baking at 180C for 25 minutes. (Note: Miss Elm are not responsible for any damage caused by following this method.) The hardest part now is waiting to release these new songs on the unsuspecting public. We’ll be a little quiet on the music-release front for the next few months, but rest assured that we will not be piping down in general.

It’s on to tour, mass promotion, and hype building. Can you feel the hype?

E + MC = super sick vocal tracks

E + MC = super sick vocal tracks

Erin getting happy in the booth of love

Erin getting happy in the booth of love

Lordy practising his Pensive Musician face

Lordy practising his Pensive Musician face

Jimmy P on the kit

Jimmy P on the kit

The famous Wall o' Tambourines

The famous Wall o’ Tambourines

Post-studio celebratory Thai-namic dinner

Post-studio celebratory Thai-namic dinner

Until next time, Love Hz...

Until next time, Love Hz…

That’s it for this round of studio diaries. We’ll see you, faithful reader, during our tour. Check out the tour poster below for all the dates. Get your body to a show for the only chance to get a sneaky peek at our new music. Can you dig it? CAN YOU?

Miss Elm Crystal Ball Tour PORTRAIT

Elm Crew x

EP Recording at Love Hz: Day Three

Well, the boys pulled us a solid, and stayed late on Wednesday night to lay down some drums for our next track. After a big breakfast (well, two), we headed into our adopted home feeling a little pleased with ourselves. We were right on schedule, and ready to rock and/or roll. We were more pleased with the fierce determination of demi-god Michael Carpenter, who rolled up with an extra couple of hours’ work under his belt, having stayed in the studio until 1am after the lads left. When you’re in the zone, you’re in the zone.

The keyboard-centric tracks are done and (somewhat) dusted, and the ukulele is finally having its moment. Things mellowed out in the evening, with sweet ukey twangs and mass harmonies. We’re starting to see the shape of this EP, and it’s looking curvaceous and sexy. If this EP were a person, you’d want them in your room, possibly whispering into your ear and feeding you Cheetos.

Tomorrow is our last day here, and we’re all a little sad to be leaving. Saying goodbye to Slurp, horg, FUGRO, and new friend, MurF, is enough to make the most stoic person weep bitter tears. But, dear reader, things are not over yet.

Watching it all come together

Watching it all come together

Wut

Wut

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Ol’ Sydney town

WE ARE LIKE SO EXCITED OMG YOU GUYZ

WE ARE LIKE SO EXCITED OMG YOU GUYZ

Playing the big-girl melodica (Hammond 44)

Playing the big-girl melodica (Hammond 44)

Sammich time is serious business

Sammich time is serious business

Bopf in the booth

Bopf in the booth 

All melodica, all the time

All melodica, all the time 

Nothing like a four-way... Wii battle

Nothing like a four-way… Wii battle

Keep your eye out for one more day, and one more (excellently written) blog entry. It’ll be all shenanigans, all the time. No pants; extra groove.

Elm Crew x

EP Recording at Love Hz: Day Two

“Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise.”
– Coolio

The Love Hz studios are quickly becoming home to us. Bags of food litter the floor, and, between takes, high-stakes Wii Sports tournaments are fought in the common area (Slurp vs Horg: The Ultimate Showdown). The smell of microwave meals fills the air, and we’ve lost count of how many cups of tea have been brewed. We’re also creating some excellent music. We spent the morning of day two finishing up our first track (which has already been positively reviewed by Michael’s daughter – you read it here first), and jumped straight into track numero dos.

The overarching theme of the trip seems to be drums, and lots of them. If you’re used to a nice bright Elm sound, though, fear not: all the sweet melodies you love have just been mashed together with some serious beats.  After months of perfecting these songs, it feels good to finally give our music over to someone else. What we’re hearing so far is pretty exciting. (We’re really not up ourselves, we swear, but this shiz is the business.)

A little bit of MC magic

A little bit of MC magic

Everybody Hz

Everybody Hz

Settling in on the comfy couch

Settling in on the comfy couch

Nothing like a bass face

Nothing like a bass face

Welcome to day two

Welcome to day two

Pub dinner, NOT watching the Origin

Pub dinner, NOT watching the Origin

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Erin laying down the vocal sleaze

Slurp vs Horg: The Ultimate Showdown

Slurp vs Horg: The Ultimate Showdown

Two down; two to go.

Elm Crew x