Published Sep 17, 2008I found this over at Jay Reatard's blog, a site where he gives away quite a few MP3s from his vault, as well as demos and seven-inches from new bands he champions. At first I just figured they lifted their name from the Pavement song "Box Elder" but after hearing the trio from Cornhusker country, I imagine it has more to do with a fondness for the tree, or whatever...
From Omaha, a city that they say "has been an overlooked outpost of rock'n'roll music for way too long," Box Elders make gritty yet pretty garage rock that mixes muddy production with sparkling, almost surf riffs and dreamy melodies.
Their debut single, "Hole in My Head," is as much the product of Phil Spector's Gold Star Studios as anything you'd hear from Little Steven's Underground Garage. In fact, there's a heavy surf influence in the bending of the guitar and I can't help but think there's some End of the Century-era Ramones in there, most likely the vocals, which sound eerily like Joey.
You can buy the seven-inch at Grotto Records, that is if they have any left.
Box Elders "Hole in My Head"