- 20 Oct 17
A year-long hiatus led to the renaissance of ELM, one of the freshest talents on the Irish music scene. The band lay their cards on the table as they talk about recent adventures, excursions in the States, and “killing each other to get the songs right”.
The Hot Press gang were among the most saddened when Elm decided to go on hiatus last September, following their 2016 performance at Hard Working Class Heroes. Having chosen them as one of our Hot For 2016 acts because of their “understated, furrowed-brow brand of heartache which build to stormy crescendos”, we had dizzying aspirations for this most unique of Irish acts. And, as One Direction heartthrobs know too well, hiatuses have a habit of going on longer than originally intended.
Thankfully, however, this wasn’t to be the case for Elm.
“We played all the festivals in 2016,” says frontman Dylan Walsh. “Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Knockanstockan. We wore ourselves out. Then we finished with the festival season and there was an urge inside to start experimenting again. We were angsty teens when we wrote our old material. Having done all that, we want to explore and actually have a bit of craic from our music. So yeah, we just trapped ourselves in a little room and started going to town with Ableton equipment, giving ourselves a bit more range with our ideas and trying to put some cool sounds together.”