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March 10, 2019


Bristol’s wych elm have released their second single ‘1983’ from their debut EP ‘rat blanket’. The single comes after the first taste of the EP on the double single and video for ‘monkey jaw’ and ‘help me’ which we previously praised.

Clocking in at only 1 minute 40 seconds, this track is a rapid journey that will ensnare the eager listener. 1983 is a carefully crafted courageous statement, the single release cements the urgency of this band.

1983 has everything you need packed into this short outburst; Pixies-like attributes are found within it’s fierce and wild deliverance. This fused with delectable vocals, a bold beat, imaginative lyrics and at its core, engaging orchestration. wych elm have once again effortlessly captured their creative ingenuity and showcased their efforts in a perfect progressive punk masterpiece.

The track is the reaction to singer Caitlin Elliman’s relationship with men who said about the song,
1983 is about my personal experience with trusting men. It’s about how quickly my relationship changed with someone. You never know what men’s true intentions are with you.”

The intensity of that message is relayed skill-fully into this explosive composition.

Following the single release it’s clear that the forthcoming EP has everything in the making to be one of the most promising and intelligent releases of the year.

The whole EP, including this single, was recorded and mixed by Dom Mitchison (Spectres, The Naturals, Heavy Lungs, Lice) at The Malthouse Recording Studios, Bristol and mastered by Pete Maher (Pixies, Lana Del Rey).

rat blanket’ is the first release from brand new Bristol label, Post Mortem Records.

Each Post Mortem release comes in two vinyl editions, the first as a limited ‘Body bag’ variant, sealed in a hand sewn authentic heavyweight black cadaver pouch with deathnotes and a memento mori. The second as a standard slab of death-wax.

‘rat blanket’ Tracklist

1. monkey jaw

2. help me

3. greasy fringe

4. 1983

5. woman

6. school shooter

7. susan smith

‘rat blanket’ is available for pre-order from:

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