ELLE MARY & THE BAD MEN

SHARES EMPOWERING NEW SINGLE ‘BEHAVE’

 

Manchester’s Elle Mary & The Bad Men share brand new single ‘Behave’ and announce debut album ‘Constant Unfailing Night’ due 20th October via Sideways Saloon/Kartel Music Group. The track sees Elle Mary switch the acoustic guitar for electric as she finds strength in saying what she really wants to say to an ex-lover. A song about empowerment and suppressed rage, listen below...

 

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.”

ELLE MARY & THE BAD MEN

UNVEILS BEAUTIFUL VIDEO FOR 'UNDEAD'

Manchester’s Elle Mary & The Bad Men have unveiled the brand new video for new single ‘Undead’ which is available on all digital platforms via Sideways Saloon/Kartel Music Group now. The video which was shot in the Peak District is a simple yet beautiful concept that accompanies the track, which was written about her late father. The track is 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 video: "It was filmed by DefineReel in Edale, Peak District.  I wanted a video that reflected the atmosphere and space of the song and this location is perfect. it's also one of my favourite spots in the UK. We didn't need to do much, the environment lends itself to the song with subtle changing colours of the landscape and then that curious black cube.  The song is very important to me and I didn't want to detract from it. I didn't want it to be about me, so I'm not the focus, the song is."

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.”

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Share striking video for brand new single 'Pretend'

 

Manchester’s Elle Mary & The Bad Men share striking visuals for brand new single ‘Pretend’, which is available on all digital platforms on 18th May via Sideways Saloon /Kartel Music Group. The song, which Elle describes as a satire of her love life, is a dreamy track set against Elle’s haunting vocals and is accompanied by beautiful black and white visuals, in which Elle shaves her hair off to symbolise the end of a relationship and the need to begin again.

Watch the transfixing video below…

 

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.

 

Live:

31st May - Soup Kitchen, Manchester (with Molly Burch) 

27th July - Kendall Calling Festival

 

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