The Elk Collective have made our return with their new EP, ‘Big Trouble’. Known in the local scene as an “all-bullshit” post-hardcore four piece, these Sydney boys have brought more than enough talent to the table with this new collection of songs, enough to place them on the radar of music aficionados looking for a brand new sound to sink their teeth into. Armed with a sense of humor and overflowing musical skills, The Elk Collective have carved and shaped their identity into one that is unique and eye-catching in every way, allowing them to stand out from the crowd.
The opening track of the EP, Baps, carries the listener right into the heart of the essence of Big Trouble, showcasing a track that represents the post-hardcore style with the heavy drums and weighty dirty vocals while introducing an element of pop-punk that is present in the guitar riffs and pace of the song. The two elements blend effortlessly into one song, allowing the introductory track to throw the listener into a melodic deep end of sound.
The following tracks, Chokkas and Moshpittin On Your Toenails, both maintain the high energy that the EP started off with, delivering their fair share of exhilarating screams and head-banging moments that will definitely not allow any listener to sit still. Although a little more melodic than the opening track and the inclusion of longer clean vocal sections, the sound of band continues growing as a discrete and identifiable characteristic that successfully accompanies Big Trouble until the very end.
White and Green makes for a great middle track, beginning with a soft guitar rift and carrying that through in the form of a build up for majority of the song until the vocals are introduced. Remaining instrumental for half its playing time, this track creates a perfect contrast between calm and chaos, letting them both coexist harmoniously in one song and once again solidifying the distinctive sound the band has created for themselves.
Exceptional guitar riffs accompany the two final songs, and while Muscle Up Buttercup is particularly heavier than The Forest Moon of Endor, both songs contain more head-banging instants and moshing moments that successfully close the EP on a high and energetic note. The beginning of The Forest Moon of Endor is remarkable enough as like White and Green, it begins with a soft and melodic guitar rift that eventually builds up to a satisfactory finale that seamlessly closes off the entire EP.
The Elk Collective successfully bring essence to the scene with this new EP, as well as their laid back attitudes and “terrible jokes”. This band is truly something different and refreshing, as they easily stand out from the typical seriousness of the post-hardcore panorama. For those avid listeners of heavy music in the hunt for a new perspective, getting your hands on these guy’s new EP is certainly a place to start.
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