The new single from The Elephant Trees has been dubbed music for a nation in self isolation; the title tells us all we need to know about the lyrical themes.
Written over six months ago in retaliation to the press and their representation of the climate change crisis in December 2019, this aptly named single terrifyingly gets more relevant every day.
Lead singer and songwriter Martha says, “Last summer I was on the train home and I saw an article online attacking Extinction Rebellion. I started scribbling words that turned to lyrics; I was angry, the planet’s going to shit, and I was frustrated that an entity like XR was getting so much negative press, when they are trying to do something about it.
Regardless if you agree with their actions, their intentions are correct. I got home
and Sam had been working on this baseline that had an alertness to it, coupled with thrashy guitars, it sounded how I felt. The song came together really quick, I think we were both in the same headspace. We recorded it in December, not long after we’d found out about the election. We were all devastated and it kind of gave the track a new meaning, now it’s come to releasing and it’s even more poignant. Worryingly, it keeps getting more and more relevant and real, survival is all we cling to, but none of us are fit enough.”
’The Elephant Trees’ themselves have become a symbol of remembering your roots whilst exploring exactly who you are and embracing every aspect of that individuality.
They’ve been told it’s not a great band name but ‘The Elephant Trees’ ethos isn’t about being the coolest or trendiest band on social media. They care about creating a community and safe space for everyone that has ever felt out of place or lost. Mental health, sexuality and ‘growing up’ to discover the world’s complexities form the basis of the songs Martha writes. She pours out her findings on stage as Sam and Tom (“resident drummer until he inevitably becomes Prime Minister”) chaotically create a sonic backdrop.
The outspoken, passionate group can only further harness their energy, and write more much-needed honestly into their music. Make sure to check out their social media and roaring tracks.