Elephant Rifle Premiere “I’m Bad at Driving” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 7th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Reno’s Elephant Rifle aren’t three songs into their 2018 album, Hunk, before they’re advocating punching nazis, so yeah, I’m down. Rooted in punk, but thick in tone and groove, the four-piece keep both a political edge and a hellraising post-hardcore aspect to the 12-tracker, but there’s room among cuts like “Fuck My Name” and “Mass Strangling” and “Current Wars” and opener “Hunk’s America” with the drunkard’s-poetics lyricism of “Frat Poison,” “Big Milk” and “I’m Bad at Driving,” all of which offer no shortage of instrumental shenanigans to coincide. Intensity varies but tension is largely universal, and left, right or center, everyone seems to wind up taking a hit by the time the album is done. “Frat Poison” and “Sorority Row” would seem to cover both bases, for example, and likewise, the jangly West Coast noise rock of “Broomrider” complements the crashing and percussive drive of “Cowboy Poetry” earlier. They push, they pummel, and indeed, the punch, but the frenetic energy they bring to bear isn’t without consideration behind it — there are adults in the room.

Fair enough. The band — Brad Bynum, Mike MayhallClint Neuerburg and Mike Young — tracked with Tim Green (The Fucking Champs) — and Hunk carries the raw clarity of his work, but personality abounds on the band’s part, to put it mildly, and though by the time they engage Dr. Seuss on “Hit the Showers,” the onslaught of commentary seems to be somewhat less pointed than it was at the outset, there’s little arguing with the fact that the American age of media saturation, information saturation, and a willfully blurred line between truth and fiction accommodates all of the above and still has space in its infinite data servers for a song like “I’m Bad at Driving,” which, in terms of subject matter, is pretty much what the title would have you believe. There’s a video for the track premiering below — that’s why we’re here; keep up — and in addition to highlighting the song itself, it’s a good look at the persona driving the band throughout Hunk. Chicanery abounds. I hope their next album has a song about incels, because fuck that shit too.

I’ve included an embed of the full album from Elephant Rifle‘s Bandcamp, because in my imaginary world in which I have any grasp of how media works, you’re more likely to check out the record if I do that. Anyway, it’s there, so dig in as you will, but have some fun with the video first. It’s like every Uber driver’s worst nightmare come to life.

For those in the area or who can head that way, Elephant Rifle play Off Beat Music Festival in Reno this weekend with Big BusinessEaldor BealuDeath Valley Girls and others. Info is here.


Elephant Rifle, “I’m Bad at Driving” official video premiere

The video for “I’m Bad at Driving,” a song from Elephant Rifle’s new album Hunk, features a hard-partying women’s softball team, joint-rolling heshers, magical black metal priests, and … goats?

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Elephant Rifle is from Reno, Nevada. The band’s music is a mix of ’90s noise rock, ’80s hardcore, and ’70s classic rock, with strains of metal, psychedelia, post-punk, and more. The band has earned a solid rep for its sweaty, visceral live shows. This new LP, Hunk, is the band’s third full-length album.

“I’m Bad at Driving” is about behind-the-wheel anxiety. The song sounds a bit like the Jesus Lizard covering the Knack or something. In the video, ER vocalist Brad Bynum drives around at night, shuttling the aforementioned colourful cast of characters to who know where. Things start strange and get stranger.

Hunk features 12 slabs of savory sonic meat recorded with the great Tim Green at Louder Studios. (He was a member of Nation of Ulysses and the Fucking Champs, and he’s recorded a bunch of great albums by people like the Melvins, Comets on Fire, and other bands you probably already love.)

The “I’m Bad at Driving” video was directed by artist, illustrator, musician, and filmmaker Jeff Rogers, a.k.a. “Metal Jeff.” He also directed the 2014 Elephant Rifle video “I Can’t Believe You’re Still Alive.”

Elephant Rifle, Hunk (2018)

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