Introducing: Wych Elm

Wych ElmMacabre storytelling underpins the music of Wych Elm, who weave vivid imagery into silky smooth, rhythmic melodies.

The band hails from Bristol and comprises Caitlin Elliman, Jack Hitchens, James Brocklesby and Joe Frost. They're certainly avant-garde, combining fragile elements with haunting tones. Each member adds a unique flavour to the Wych Elm cauldron, creating an effervescent genre that's self-described as 'slacker rock'.

The band's single "School Shooter" has delicate, airy vocals that contradict the eeriness of the instrumentation, with twangy guitar adding to the unsettling, catchy and beautiful chorus. Dark lyrics and storytelling create a not-so-pretty picture, as Elliman gracefully croons, "It's wrong to point at people and make fun, ask how they feel, you can blame my computer games but you know it's just the human race," leading to the uneasy story in the chorus, "That boy's dressed like a school shooter."

Dark spirited and anarchist in nature, Wych Elm has a seemingly uncompromised sound. While they are absolutely sludgy and slightly scary, the band's tracks are also ethereal. Reminiscent of Pixies and Detroit-based band Sweat, The quartet are in the middle of a flurry of UK festival dates. Their debut 2019 EP release Rat Blanket is out now.

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One Response to “Introducing: Wych Elm”

  1. Junie & TheHutFriends 27/09/2019 at 4:32 am #

    I’m so glad I found this post! I was hooked from the first second of “Monkey Jaw.” The unique combination of dark imagery and storytelling on their tracks is fantastic! I’m looking forward to hearing more from them!

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