Share New Video For New Single “Scold’s Bridle” Due 30th July
New EP out 24th September
Bristol’s wych elm play scrappy, menacing and contemplative grungy indie rock with a touch of the macabre. The band’s obsession with dark, haunting tales works its way into every facet of their music, with howled vocals telling the stories of a murderous mother and issues around their own mental health.
wych elm have released the brand new video for ‘Scold’s Bridle’. The first single from their upcoming new EP ‘Rabbit Wench’, the eagerly anticipated follow up to 2019’s ‘Rat Blanket’. The EP will be self released through their own label, Black Dog and will be available to pre-order from www.wych elm.band.
That infectious energy well known to wych elm presents immediately on their new release. This brooding, intense ambiance allures the audience into their unpredictable and gritty journey where the audience remains fixated and present in each note, riff, and lyrics. wych elm fuse this heavyweight drum beat, entwining guitar riffs, bold bass notes, and ferocious vocal notes all of which collide to form this wild and ardent arrangement. This moody, ominous aspect adds such a compelling affection to their latest creation whilst the lyrics bring this unruly and raw honesty into the mix, weaving through the abrasive soundscape. Dark yet utterly desirable.
“scolds bridle” showcases this phenomenal return to form from one of the most enthralling acts around right now. wych elm develops these powerful ensembles with this mighty force, the outfit perfects the complex atmosphere each of their releases conveys, all of which provide ample range for this band. wych elm have once again effortlessly captured their creative ingenuity and showcased their efforts in a perfect progressive punk masterpiece.
“scolds bridle” discusses women’s suppression at the hands of men, which is a common theme across the EP. A scold’s bridle was an instrument of punishment as a form of torture and public humiliation. It was used overwhelmingly on female victims to silence them from speaking entirely. The victims were punished due to their speech being deemed “riotous” or “troublesome”.
Vocalist Caitlin Elliman wrote the song about her own experiences of being silenced by men and how bad that made her feel. The imagery of the scold’s bridle is reflected in the way women are still silenced everyday in modern society. She said “It’s alarming how little has changed in such a long amount of time. When women talk about the truth, you tend to be villainised because people don’t like that.”
Pre-save Scold’s Bridle: https://ditto.fm/scolds-bridle
The band formed to play a Halloween show in 2017 before releasing their debut EP two years later. The release was a concise, considered and impactful collection of songs and earned them slots at Green Man, Truck and 2000trees festivals as well as shows with the likes of Hotel Lux, Black Honey, Lice and Snail Mail.
Working hard behind the scenes towards their follow up release, the band were handpicked by IDLES to support them on one of their sold out dates at O2 Brixton Academy in January 2022.
Full live dates:
30/7 – Farmfest, Somerset
6/8 – Night and Day Cafe, Manchester w/Document
7/8 – Exchange, Bristol – Sunder Festival
8/9 – Peckham Audio, London w/Krush Puppies
18/9 – Wide Eyed Festival, Leicester
25/9 – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol
26/9 – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham
1/12 – The Victoria, Dalston, London – Headline show, free entry
18/12 – The Louisiana, Bristol – Headline show
16/1 – Brixton Academy, London w/IDLES
Tickets available from www.wychelm.band
Rabbit Wench Tracklist
- Scold’s Bridle
- Bear Trap
- Feed Me