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Drunk Elk - Under Neon Lights lp (Wormwood Grasshopper)


"Drunk Elk is an experience of a forgotten place. Each track a cracked sermon for those spoilt by a lifetime of drums. The lesson we can't have it all. 'Pieces of People We Have Known' was unhinged, 'Under Neon Lights' fills out; has more rage, more range, and focuses to describe the madness as something clearer, louder and more felt.  Picture Father Yod, disrobed, and dispatched to a very different island, landing in the hands of a mischievous Current 93.  Drunk Elk have the driving stare of the Pin Group, the sideways hit of early Terminals and sound like they've only heard Joy Division described." - Paul Garcia.

"Much anticipated full length LP from VT faves Drunk Elk who come out of Hobart, Tasmania. The trio use vocals, organs, bass and guitars – no drums – to navigate the kind of beautiful edge-of-the-world tuneage of NZ/OZ faves like This Kind Of Punishment, The Garbage And The Flowers, Builders et al. Vocalist Dave Askew is as distinctive a stylist as Richard Youngs, Pip Proud or Alastair Galbraith while sounding like approximately none of them. Tracks vary from slow-motion organ-led heartbreak to crude DIY avant-folk in a way that is as staggering as anything by The Scrotum Poles but the overall atmosphere is of late 80s/early 90s underground moves cut with a time-lag/lost in translation vibe that is hard to put your finger on. Drunk Elk somehow combine earnest, sad, heart on your sleeve songwriting with a ton of avant smarts and a crude underground aesthetic that is just totally beguiling. Heart-stoppingly beautiful, peerlessly inventive to the point that you keep throwing names at em – Kiwi Animal?! – but none of em stick. Only wish we could’ve caught these guys live when we were in Tasmania ourselves. Edition of only 300 copies. Very highly recommended" -David Keenan/Volcanic Tongue

"DRUNK ELK "Under Neon Lights" 12" (Wormwood Grasshopper)
Morose hilltop hymns from these men of Hobart, tappings into the sounds of melancholic, guitar driven post-punk and drawing from an antipodean slant, from Christchurch clutter to the more electrified loner moments on Chris Bailey's drunk-tastic 'Casablanca' LP. Yes, while 'Under Neon Lights' seems to exist in a vacuum of time and space, it is ineed a great gash from a mysterious unit of the now, capturing a sparse dissonance that is compelling and truly timeless. The songs are driven by the melodious strum of back shed guitar and blood barked vocals sharing stranded Island visions of mountain watching and telephone relations. If such minutia seems like your bag, this'll be the record to nurture you into many moody nights, and if you just can't get it into then that could be chalked up as a negligible missight, but what can one do? Not all folk should ride the same wagon. 300 copies on a new Oz label that should be monitored w/ peeled eyes. That Drunk Elk have been able to immortalise their wares into vinyl a full two times this year is encouraging, particularly when such 'down under' bands have found a hotspot among another land's cognecenti. Perhaps next time they will bring a drum kit, & truly hone themselves as the Pin Group of this generation. -b.a."
Brendon Annesley/Negative Guest List

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 05 December, 2011.

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