ELLE MARY & THE BAD MEN
SHARE BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘UNDEAD‘
Manchester’s Elle Mary & The Bad Men shares brand new single ‘Undead’ which is available on all digital platforms on 15th June via Sideways Saloon/Kartel Music Group. The song, which was written about her late father is a song about seeming fine on the surface and then eventually coming to terms with your grief. Her haunting vocals are set against beautifully atmospheric guitars.
Elle says on the song: “This is actually about my late father. I lost him to cancer in 2014. I appeared to be ok on the outside,for a while. I got to this point though in my grief where I realised that I had been behaving as though I was going to see him soon, that his death was just this phase that would be over eventually and I’d see him and then I realised I wouldn’t. And then it hit me.”
About Elle Mary & The Bad Men:
A Welsh singer made in Manchester, Elle Mary is an artist that finds inspiration through balancing conflicting instincts. This is what lies beneath the subtle tension that slightly tugs at the heart of her and The Bad Men’s acoustically-webbed slowcore minimalism.
Elle Mary was birthed after a breakup. The end of her relationship arrived abruptly, leaving her hurt and yearning for a change. Using the pain to reinvent herself, and switching her acoustic guitar for electric, she left folk music behind.
As Elle Mary began to evolve and was no longer needed to cope with grief, she began to use songwriting as a way to face the bigger things in life. Elle says on her music, ‘I find that although I write the songs, they seem to come from some other part of me and I look back on them and find that I’m usually just trying to give myself some advice or understand what is going on around me. A song is never about one particular thing, though there may be an overarching theme. I think when I started I was very emotionally charged and poured all this into the songs. I’ve learnt to control my emotions somewhat now and write in a more reflective sense.’
Moving from folk to ‘heavy noir’, one thing that remains is Elle’s use of space when she creates; the silence between the notes as important as the melodies. She is drawn to the communicative and bonding qualities of plainsong but hooked on the exploration beyond its stylistic connotations.
Elle Mary has performed with La Luz, Jenny Hval, Daniel Knox, Dan Michaelson,Smoke Fairies, Jo Rose, Tara Jane O’Neil and performed a house concert tour of Europe as well as playing Stockholm, San Francisco, Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Cardiff.
12th July – Eagle Inn, Salford w/ Siobhan Wilson
27th July – Kendall Calling Festival
28th September – 1st October – Indy Man Beer Con, Manchester