Exclusive: Elks Premiere “White Fang Learns to Hate”
Sludge rockers Elks are releasing their debut, Destined for the Sun (Tee Pee), on September 13. But you can get your first taste of the band right there, by listening to their song “White Fang Learns to Hate.” Bassist Don Stewart fills us in on the song below. Let us know what you think in the comments!
REVOLVER What’s this song about?
DON STEWART Some backstory: The EP is about the peaceful inhabitants of a planet colonized by an expanding empire who are imprisoned in a golden space hulk, then sent hurtling towards the nearest sun. Without food or water they are forced to eat the flesh of their kin while the heat from the approaching sun slowly cooks them alive. Eventually they’re knocked off course and the ship crash lands on an inhabitable planet, where the unlucky survivors begin to rebuild their society. This song in particular is about the moment when they launch their redemption ship, the White Fang, to extract revenge.
Which part of it did you come up with first?
The first piece written was the second riff of the song, by an old guitar player of ours, Jon James. It was heavy and kinetic so we built the song from there. Lyrically it chronicles the experiences and intentions of the crew of the White Fang and sets the stage for the rest of the EP.
Was this an easy song to record?
It was a cinch. We’d been playing it for a while in different variations, so by the time we hit the studio we pretty much knew what we wanted to do with it.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
We open shows with it a lot. It’s focused and gets the point across about who we are and what we’re trying to do. Live, people know in those first two minutes whether they’ll like or hate us, and we all prefer that approach. No bullshit!