SongVault Artist Profile
New York, United States
Adult Alternative / Indie Rock
Some say that ELM TREASON's brand ought to be "new music with a vintage vibe." People like labels, but Elm Treason doesn't. Really, Elm Treason’s music is just .... well, theirs.
Okay, it's rock and roll.
But it's also acoustic. And soulful. And heavy. And smooth.
Complex, manic, foreboding and smooth are just a small sampling of adjectives that could be used to describe the sound resonating from this Staten Island duo. They have created a delicious, euphonious delight that feels like you just arrived home after being lost at sea.
They have gutted the new classic rock archetype with a collection of songs that blends together influences stretching the collective soundscape past the horizon and around the moon (or, at least, the closest mountain range).
They're kind of alternative, sort of. Some songs are a bit progressive. Some are funky and fluffy. Some are based in roots music, some are garnished in paisley. Some rock, some glide. Some float, others roll. It's maybe a little indie-ish ... and yet, overall strangely familiar.
Bouncy bass lines, infectious guitar riffing, smooth as silk harmonies, amazing falsettos, varying moods and styles (and even some horns) - all infused with supreme musicianship - show that today's new "classic rock" (for the want of a better label) can be more than just a collection of hackneyed Zeppelin and Stones doppelgangers. They sound like you SHOULD know them. They are comforting as warm water on your fingertips and as fulfilling as that cookie fresh out of the oven ... or one or three bottles of beer.
"Who do we sound like?" asks Andy Roman, one of the Elms, "I guess it depends on the song."
Influenced by classic artists like The Who, Pink Floyd, Rush, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Greatful Dead, Genesis and War - and modern bands like Shinedown, Queens of the Stone Age, Theory of a Dead Man and Jet - they have created a beautiful familiarity that will grab your ear, tickle it a little, smooch up your soul for a while (without drooling too badly), and lead you to the inevitable question: "Where have I heard this before? And how the hell did I miss this?"
Bob Steel, the other Elm, says, "For everyone, Elm Treason will taste a little different. It may intoxicate gradually or slam you immediately ... but one things is (almost) for sure: this might just become your guilty pleasure, your drink of choice, your desert island, your rainy day traveling companion."