Elephant Memoirs have blessed us with yet another banger with their latest single, Biodegradable. The three-piece alternative rock band from Gateshead, UK,
released their debut EP in 2015 and are well on their way to cementing their place in the UK music scene, already a firm favourite in local circles. Elephant Memoirs have gathered a lot of praise from various music press, both nationally and internationally, and it’s no surprise that they are becoming recognised for their signature sound.
The trio describe their sound as ‘explosive’ with ‘thunderous’ rhythms, and whilst this is the case for Biodegradable in some respect, compared to their previous releases, this latest offering has a softer edge and a melancholy undertone. A bombastic beginning gives way to a jarring slash of the guitar before lead singer John Aspinall begins. There have been comparisons made to The Manic Street Preachers for Elephant Memoirs. Biodegradable does give off some 90s garage vibes, the vocals have the regional sound of the North East - some might say that is Northern Grit. But you might also hear similar complex riffs to someone like Catfish and The Bottlemen here too.
Lyrically, we are taken on a thematic journey. Aspinall, like in the band’s previous release, Fairytales, seems to unfurl the lyrics like a stream of consciousness, the chorus flows out before you notice it has even begun.
“Cause kindness topples the meanest children, when anyone else precedes to be bitter.”
Photo: John Aspinall
Aspinall rattles off his words quickly, lurching from topics of jealousy, greed, hunger and kindness - not quite the seven deadly sins, but enough mystique to have you listening intently. A meticulous skill for songwriting is evident here, and further props must be given to the musical and technical prowess of all members of the band. Despite giving off a DIY, grassroots sort of vibe, there is clearly a high level of talent and skill, and a lot of work has been put into making this track the success it is.
I look forward to hearing more from Elephant Memoirs.
'Biodegradable' is out now on all major streaming platforms.