Originally Posted at PsmythSongs.com December 4, 2009
So I murdered over three hours this morning scanning the web for notable French musicians to write about. Problem was, the only unsigned bands I uncovered sort of, well, sucked.
So I gave up on my Parisian pipe dream and returned to a land much closer to home yet in many ways just as foreign: That’s right, the San Fernando Valley, home to both the (straight) porn industry and a frightening band of noise-makers who call themselves Nightmare of the Elf. I can’t really tell you much about them you won’t learn yourself by clicking on the link above. Suffice it to say this band is really different… from anything - at least that I’ve ever heard. They describe themselves as “The Greatest Pose Punk / Dork Wave band EVER!” I’d definitely have to agree - if only I knew what that meant.
When I listened to the first of three songs posted to their site, “Fat Ass Gonna Buy You a Donkey,” all I could think was “what the hell is this shit?” But after multiple listenings I’ve decided it’s either one of the strangest, funniest, most disturbing and most brilliant pieces of horrifying a-cappella codswallop I’ve ever listened to or, well, I guess that’s exactly what it is. I love it so much I’m afraid of it. And now I can’t stop humming its haunting, yet trite melody… fat ass…gonna buy you a donkey-ee-ee, gonna buy you a donkey-ee-ee, gona buy you a donkey...
I’m sorry I wasted so much time searching for the French indie scene today but thrilled that that experience left me too weak and exhausted to hit the pause button once I’d begun listening to Elf. In any other state of mind I’m sure I would have fled after the first note or two. So thank you, France, you’re the best!