The Elms are breaking up

So I signed on to Facebook today only to see a post from The Elms’ guitarist Thom Daugherty (PS, that guitar he’s holding in his profile is actually mine!  I let him borrow it for a radio promotion in NYC the last time they were here – sick brag):

If you don’t know who the Elms are, stop reading this post right now and go here and listen to the song “Back to Indiana”.  If you like Americana rock n’ roll music in the style of Bruce Springsteen, John “Cougar” Mellencamp or Neil Young, you’ll understand what this band is all about.

My friend Kate turned me onto the Elms a few years ago. She sent me an unreleased track from The Great American Midrange demo sessions called “A Miracle” that I couldn’t stop listening to for months.  I was introduced to Thom who sent me The Chess Hotel and a few other new tracks that were up for consideration on the upcoming album.

As the band entered the recording studio to record the final mixes for The Great American Midrange, I frequented Thom’s blog to read about all the vintage gear and recording techniques they had been utilizing.  See, there’s not many bands (at least that run in my circle) that share the same affinity (…obsession?) for finding the perfect guitar tone – and I guess I felt that the Elms were a sort of kindred spirit band.  A band of analog purists in an age where everything can be spliced and cleaned up in not so much as a mouse click.  There might not be a touring band around today that I respect as much as the Elms in that sense.

And today that band is planning to hang it up.

But the good news is that this isn’t some sort of implosion or tension-induced breakup.  A lengthy post on the band’s website this morning explains that the band simply wishes to end things on a high note.  You can’t fault a band for knowing when to call it quits – no matter how incredibly talented they are.

As a bonus for fans, the band has decided to release a 40-track digital bundle (including some unreleased demos, live tracks, rarities and more for only $16.99!) and a 58-page digi-book chronologing the Elm’s 10 year run.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Elms tracks.  It’s a song that didn’t make it onto The Great American Midrange, but that the band is offering in the digital bundle I just described – it’s called “Bring a Little Love to My Door”:

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