Striking folk ensemble Elle Mary & The Bad Men get ready to release their debut album Constant Unfailing Night on 9 March.
Welsh-born, Manchester-residing songstress Elle Mary joined forces with The Bad Men, aka Michael Dubec and Pete Sitch, as part of her transition from folk to a ‘heavy noir’ sound.
Initially starting out as an acoustic folk singer-songwriter, the debut album sees her taking up an electric guitar and morphing into a more haunting, sultry Elle Mary & the Bad Men.
Constant Unfailing Night sees Elle wear her heart on her sleeve, and her raw post-break-up emotion is channeled into her tense and thought-provoking repertoire.
Elle’s striking, velvety voice is beautifully haunting and complemented by her band’s dreamlike minimalist accompaniment.
The band’s new single Falling is set for release on 16 March and is the final installation of a narrative trilogy, portrayed already in the music videos for Pretend and Behave.
The band mark the album release with a special show at London’s Servant’s Jazz Quarters on 15 March.
Here, Elle Mary discusses musical inspiration and her favourite places to play live…
What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
Rose For My Rose by Marv Johnson. I had a Motown cassette that I would play over and over.
What’s the first gig you went to?
Apart from my brother’s band Candy Fan, I think it was Hal. Remember them?
What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
What is your worst musical habit?
Putting the capo on the wrong fret.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
Just play. No sounds are wrong, everything you do and hear is part of the piece.
Where do you discover new music?
I like to go Bandcamping. Pick a genre then listen to everything that it throws up.
What’s your favourite venue?
Unsuspecting places. Galleries, garages, living rooms, caves.
Who is your current favourite band/artist?
What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
What track of yours best represents your sound?
We try to pull something different to each track so no one track is representative. My favourite is probably Later.
What’s next for you?
Our album comes out on 9 March and we’ll be touring the UK! We’re very excited.
15 March – Servant’s Jazz Quarters, London
24 March – The White Hotel, Manchester