Elder are tough to put in context. They’re a heavy band, but not necessarily a metal band. They’re progressive, with constantly shifting, epic songs, but it doesn’t feel right to call them prog rock. And they’re psychedelic, but the music they create doesn’t sound much like the archetypal heavy-psych bands of the ’60s and ’70s, such as Blue Cheer or Blue Öyster Cult. Yet, perhaps because of guitarist Nick DiSalvo, bassist Jack Donovan and drummer Matthew Couto’s unique fusion of heavy riffs, sprawling compositions and accessible melodies, the release of their 2015 album, Lore, proved to be a turning point for the Massachusetts-based band. An increase in media attention followed, as well as festival appearances at Psycho Las Vegas and Roadburn, and after a decade of D.I.Y. work ethic and heavy touring schedules, Elder found themselves in front of the biggest audiences of their careers.
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