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"The Goo Goo Dolls at The Palace Theatre."

"Speaking of massive, explosive sounds, Seymour, Ind.-based quartet The Elms opened the night with 40 minutes of elemental guitar rock that may have been the loudest 40 minutes of music anyone has heard since the 1970s. Nimble ain't in it for these fellows. Instead, they mixed boyish charm, brute force and blues-rock riffs to build walls of sound big enough to cause (or cure) climate change."

-- Louisville Courier Journal - Louisville Courier Journal


"Terrifically entertaining... One of the best surprises of 2006."

"Rare power and guts... THE CHESS HOTEL shines."
--Amplifier Magazine

"Incendiary... 13 anthemic, inspired chest-thumpers."
--South Florida Sun

"Stomping roadhouse rock... It speaks to anyone with a soul."

"Spine-tingling... THE CHESS HOTEL works wonders."
--The Indianapolis Star

"Energetic, unadorned rock & roll. Grade: A-."
--Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

"Stirring, visceral observations of blue-collar life..."
--Hybrid Magazine

"Completely energized... Bold, swaggering rock anthems."
--Courier Press

"A defining musical statement. 5 stars."
--Phantom Tollbooth

"Buzz-saw, straight-ahead rock & roll."
--Lafayette Journal & Courier - (various)


"THE CHESS HOTEL" - released May 2006 on Universal Records South, co-produced by The Elms and David Bianco (Tom Petty, The Posies, Black Crowes, Rage Against the Machine.)



THE ELMS: Selected Accomplishments.


--September 20, 2008 performance at Farm Aid 2008, Comcast Center, Boston (alongside Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, The Pretenders, and more).

--September 14, 2008 performance at Monolith Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver (alongside Vampire Weekend, Silversun Pickups, Band Of Horses, TV On The Radio, many more.)

--Major 2008 Olympic promotional campaign with NBC affiliate WTHR 13 Indianapolis, using THE ELMS' new track, "This Is How The World Will End."

--Appearance on the Bob & Tom Radio Show, October 6, 2008. Interview and live performance of "This Is How The World Will End."

--Universal South album "The Chess Hotel" released in Europe, April 2008.

--Inaugural European tour performed in August, 2008, to an estimated audience of 15,000 at various festivals.

--New track, "The Shake" used on EA Sports' "NHL '08" video game, all major gaming platforms, and in promotion for release.

--New digital maxi-single, "This Is How The World Will End", released September 16, 2008 exclusively at, with B-side track "The Shake."

--Brand new interactive and informational website design at launched May 2, 2008.

--Featured artist for new MSN/Fox Sports Online website launch, 2007.

--One of NUVO magazine's "Breakout Acts Of 2007" in Indianapolis.


--Over 700 concerts performed to date since 2001 in 45 continental U.S. states, Canada, and Europe to a combined audience of over one million people.

--Touring and/or exclusive support sets performed with Goo Goo Dolls, Band Of Horses, Shooter Jennings, Switchfoot, Cracker, Will Hoge, Peter Frampton, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Gin Blossoms, Jars Of Clay, Johnny Lang, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and many others.

--Music used at major NBA, NFL, MLB, and USTA sporting events, including the U.S. Open, MLB Playoffs, and in numerous stadiums and arenas nationwide.

--Music used on national network and cable television shows, on stations including NBC, CBS, ABC, MTV, VH1, ESPN, WB, FOX, and others.

--Music videos aired on MTV2, FUSE, and MuchMusic Canada.

--Universal Records South debut album, "The Chess Hotel," released May 2, 2006.

--Successful online presence at and MySpace profile now boasts 20,000 friends and over 430,000 plays.

--Music used in national retail in-store and ad campaigns for American Eagle, Martin & Osa, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Anchor Blue, Old Navy, and others.

--Press coverage in Billboard, Newsweek, Guitar Player, People, HARP, Amplifier, and hundreds of other weeklies and prominent daily newspapers.

--Publishing arrangement with Warner/Chappell Music Nashville.

THE ELMS: Selected Press Coverage, 2008.

"A stellar group." --The Tennessean

"Stunning." --The San Antonio Express-News

"Fabulous." --The Chicago Sun-Times

"Clever and brooding..." --Dayton Daily News

"Terrifically entertaining." --Billboard

"Rare power and guts." --Amplifier Magazine

"Incendiary, anthemic, inspired." --South Florida Sun

"Stomping roadhouse rock." --HARP

"Spine-tingling." --The Indianapolis Star

"Energetic, unadorned rock & roll." --Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

"Stirring, visceral observations of blue-collar life." --Hybrid Magazine

"Bold, swaggering rock anthems." --Courier Press

"Buzz-saw, straight-ahead rock & roll." --Lafayette Journal & Courier

Visit & Listen:

THE ELMS: A self-penned biography by Owen Thomas, Summer 2008.

Well, I suppose that somewhere in the rock and roll biography, accomplishments must be lauded. A band's critical mass, if it exists, must be made evident. Suitors must be impressed, critics appeased, supporters emboldened.

But I think, should you happen to meet one of the members of THE ELMS, we'll be less inclined to tell you what you might expect to hear.

Before we would ever tell you about any accomplishments we've been able to accrue in the last five years, we would inform you that the relationships in our band run thicker than blood, and that our brotherhood began in grade school, far before music ever came calling. We'd let you know how proud we are to have each other, and how important it has been for us to endeavor together in a noble way, the only way we've known how: making music that first inspires us before it ever leaves our care for the scrutiny and criticism of others. It has been important to us to remain firmly united to the convictions about music that we were born with. If it gets us off, it passes the test.

But, this is a rock & roll bio. I suppose it's my responsibility to tell a bit about what our band has been up to, and where we came from. All four members of THE ELMS were born in blue-collar, rustbuckle towns, and have lived in towns like these our