Elvis Depressedly Share “Bruises (Amethyst)”

March 11, 2015


Elvis Depressedly share new single “Bruises (Amethyst)” via Stereogum Q+A

New Alhambra due out May 2015 via Run For Cover Records

SXSW dates announced + tour with Alex G


Late last year it was announced that Elvis Depressedly, the much beloved lo-fi bedroom recording project of Mat Cothran and Delaney Mills were joining Run For Cover Records in anticipation of their upcoming full length, New Alhambra. Set for release in May, the band are sharing the album’s second single, “Bruises (Amethyst)” via Stereogum together with an in depth interview about the recording process, their new label, and the future. Sharing their thoughts on the new single, Stereogum offered, “Encompassing every intricate instrumental element that makes New Alhambra so enchanting, the song’s lyrical edges are a bit scuffed, but it’s by-and-large an optimistic pop song”.

Cothran expanded on New Alhambra in the interview:

“Sonically, the album’s songs gel a lot better than anything we’ve done. There are lots of transitions with little snippets of things that inspired us during the writing: things from my childhood, pro-wrestling clips, and televangelists. We wanted each “side” of the album to kind of be a different story; it’s not entirely conceptual, but there are themes and we wanted each song to be a different perspective.”

Stream Elvis Depressedly’s “Bruises (Amethyst)” single via Stereogum:

Elvis Depressedly are hitting the road this month for a quick set of dates with Alex G on their way down to SXSW. Complete dates can be found below.

03/12 – Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium *
03/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery *
03/14 – New Orleans, LA @ Satern Bar 5 *
03/15 – Houston, TX @ The Summit *
03/16 – McAllen, TX @ GALAX Z FAIR *
03/18 – Austin, TX @ House of Eden (KSPC Radio showcase) (1910 Rio Grande) – 5:45 PM
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Pearl St Cooperative (2000 Pearl St)
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 (Brooklyn Vegan showcase) (611 E 7th St) – 12:00 PM
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Converse Space (Converse showcase) (1101 E. 5th Street) – 4:00 PM
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Longbranch Inn (Impose showcase) (1133 E 11th S) – 10:30 PM
03/20 – Austin, TX @ Hole in The Wall (Stereogum/EIS showcase) (2538 Guadalupe St) – 3:30 PM
03/21 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain (Run For Cover showcase) (617 E 7th St) – 12:00 AM

03/22 – Dallas, TX @ Spillover Music Fest *
03/24 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox w/ Rozwell Kid *

* w/ Alex G


Elvis Depressedly stares straight into the void and airs their own blunt perceptions about it through their music, but it’s never been the band’s intentions to bring you down even if it says so right there in their name. Mathew Lee Cothran (also of Coma Cinema) and Delaney Mills — alongside a revolving cast of friends and collaborators — have been taking the monoculture’s obsession with a dystopian world and turning it into their own wry joke in their homespun quarters of South Carolina from the very beginning. Since 2011, EPs and singles built with a bare necessity of instruments and production tools have recorded a memory box of self-healing guitar-pop laced with an Ambien trance, but with Cothran quitting his day job and resettling in Asheville, NC with Mills after the release of 2013’s Holo Pleasures to focus his efforts on their latest full-length New Alhambra, an increased currency in time has resulted in Elvis Depressedly’s most definitive listen yet.

In many ways, New Alhambra is an auditory homage to what has shaped lead singer Mathew Lee Cothran’s life. Its title, as any hardcore pro-wrestling fan will recognize, credits the Philadelphia arena that birthed its most legendary and extreme version of it, and the use of samples from wrestling shows serve as a reference to his upbringing. The album was characteristically made with outdated equipment and limited by only one microphone, with Mike “Dr. Vink” Roberts playing an essential role on bass that enrichens the rockier resonations in comparison to Elvis Depressedly’s previous releases. Cothran and Delaney were constantly on the move during the recording process thanks to their new found career freedom, but none of it takes away from New Alhambra’s fully texturized shift toward brightly melancholic noise-pop inspired by Cothran’s favorite unsung heroes such as Waterboys, Prefab Sprout and Emperor X, and in more conventional instances, Elliott Smith and Mac DeMarco.

“There was a lot of uncertainty and I quit a job that I had had for 3 years but hated, and really kind of put it all on the line to make a record I really wanted to make.  It was all a big risk,” says Cothran. That much is evident in the album’s centerpiece “Rock ‘N Roll” where his tongue quips at creativity’s value in the face of a greater stability. Elvis Depressedly may have gone for broke with their lives to make New Alhambra the album it is, but their decision to do so proves to be well worth the end result, self-deprecatory pains and all.

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