ELLE MARY & THE BAD MEN
SHARES EMPOWERING NEW SINGLE ‘BEHAVE’
Elle says on the song: “I have spent a long time being quiet and suppressing any anger even when it’s justified. I probably still don’t have the gall to tell anyone where to go, but this semi-passive approach was a good release. It’s tongue-in-cheek though , its what you’d love to say but wouldn’t. It’s meant to make you laugh at your own outrage but simultaneously give you strength.”
Constant Unfailing Night is the debut 9 track album from Elle Mary & The Bad Men. Written over the course of 3 years, the project started in response to a break up which caused a shift and a necessity to carry on which then morphed into a beautiful journey through the process of grief, from the heart-wrenching ‘Undead’; a song about the loss of her father to the empowering ‘Behave’; a standout track about the things you’d love to say in situations that make you angry as well as a satirical look into flings in the dreamy ‘Pretend’. Elle says: “As I wrote and filtered out songs the focus of the songs started to change and became about tapping into some part of sub-consciousness, looking for the part of me that knows better that I seem to ignore. The Bad Men, Michael Dubec and Pete Sitch have joined me on this journey and probably know me too well as a result of it. The weight they add to the songs is incredible and I really couldn’t ask for a better band.”
The record also marked a move and change in sound, on this she says: “I’ve moved from folk to this ‘heavy noir’ or whatever you want to call it, the one consistent thing that has remained is use of space. Space and a minimal approach has always been the most important part of the music to me, to do more with less. It’s this that draws me in the most about the artists I love (Low, Julie Doiron, Bill Callahan etc.). This allows for my voice to sit on top and the words seep in.”
Constant Unfailing Night is due on the 20th October via Sideways Saloon/Kartel Music Group.
Constant Unfailing Night Tracklisting:
2. No Baby
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.
28th September – 1st October – Indy Man Beer Con, Manchester