Italian noise rock unit ELM is pleased to unveil the visual accompaniment to the track “Swampland.” The tune comes by way of the band’s Dog full-length, released last year via Italy’s Bronson Recordings.
Issues the band of the clip, “‘Swampland’ is about the swamps that surround the fake serenity of the suburbs, like the ones in the American Bible Belt and in Northern Italy. It’s about the darkness hidden in uncontaminated landscapes, around villages, and suburbs where all human deceptions live. We are not judging, we just acknowledge what is happening: ‘Swampland’s all I know, Swampland’s all I own.’”
View “Swampland” below:
Dog was captured live at the band’s rehearsal studio in April 2017 and includes a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Holed up in their den, they used no outside producers or studio trickery, Dog is dirty, sharp, crushing, no-frills rock ’n’ roll, constantly overloaded but never underestimated.
Dog is available on CD LP, and digitally. For CD orders visit THIS LOCATION, for black vinyl go HERE, for marble vinyl go HERE, and for digital orders, go HERE, where the record can be streamed in its entirety.
Small towns in the countryside are all obstinately the same wherever you go: loneliness, abjection, rage. From a godforsaken place, the volume abusers in ELM tell their tales with languages and images of the American Bible Belt; a land of obsessed preachers and sleazy moralism; cradle of inveterate losers and alienation.
On Dog, ELM wanders places lost somewhere between reality and imagination; swamps and deserts where God is just a mere memory that leaves only a pale reflection, a dark and distorted echo that fosters the need for the absolute of irredeemable sinners who live under the burden of their stories. They are stories from the darkest places of our society that nobody wants to tell; stories that need no judgement, where the outcasts end up unsurprisingly all in the same way; stories told through killer riffs and nasty plots by four respectable members of the community, who live the honest and relaxed small-town life.