Blending rock, folk, soul and jazz, NYC outfit Elk City have garnered something of a cult following that started back in the early 1990s and hasn’t used its safe word yet. From humble, noisy beginnings to a sonically rich sound that is full of depth and detail, Elk City’s soundscapes encompass galaxies while retaining intimate and introspective thoughts and feelings, like epic adventures under the skin. The group’s fifth album, Everybody’s Insecure, was released by Bar/None Records in 2018. The group will release a new 5-song EP, Souls In Space, adding to the strengths of Everybody’s Insecure, via Bar/None on October 11th.
The veteran NY/NJ art pop band features an impressive pedigree of members ranging from Luna’s Sean Eden on guitar, Richard Baluyut of legendary NYC indie band, Versus on bass, former Psychedelic Furs guitarist, Chris Robertson, and Gramercy Arms keyboardist Carl Baggaley. Elk City’s founding members remain, vocalist/songwriter, Renée LoBue and drummer/producer Ray Ketchem.
Today Glide is offering an exclusive early viewing of the band’s video for their blistering opening cut, “Dream On Tip Toe”. With a rocking dance groove, the song is reminiscent of The Clash and Blondie with a touch of New Wave and a touch of artsy garage rock. The bass on the song is actually singer Renee LoBue’s voice dropped multiple octaves to sound like a bass guitar. The hypnotic guitar outro showcases Eden at the height of his powers. The video was shot at The Meatlocker in Montclair, NJ by cinematographer Jon Reino. The video features LoBue and guitarist Sean Eden moving throughout the punk club and taking on different personas. Ice cream and on-screen fighting create a perfect ratio of northern New Jersey-Fellini inspired confusion. There’s even a taste of Blair Witch Project thrown in for giggles and grins. LoBue and Ketchem directed and edited the colorful, retro-inspired clip. With hints of communicating with other realms and a secret order, you’ll be left wondering what Elk City’s really up to.
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Photo credit: Ray Ketchem