Track Of The Day #697: Ellekaye - Bichon Frise

Track Of The Day #697: Ellekaye – Bichon Frise


“Could sexual healing be an option / When your personality’s so rotten?” runs the key line of today’s memorable, brutal track of the day.

A wide-open stadium intro gives way to a strutting, ‘90s vibing guitar line from Thomas Hazel and a rumbling bassline from Anthony Bullinger which form the foundations for vocalist/guitarist Lewis Kane’s PiL– like vocalising; all arrogance, accusation and anger. He switches it up to surprising, picture pretty falsetto and the sparse refrain “I’ll never need you”. Benjamin Gibbs’ metronomic drum part carries the whole thing to bold, brazen gold medal status.

Thematically could be one of those great “what-was-I-thinking?” hate-fuck songs – or hey, it could be a song about having sex with a poodle – who can say for sure?

Certainly not ElleKaye themselves who bill themselves simply as a “band of feral outsiders raised on a diet of scraps. Aggressively well-mannered paranois schizophrenics, ready to infect all.”

A little more digging reveals a Brighton-based 4-piece who’ve played recent gigs at the Roundhouse and Great Escape festival with a strong musical background at Sussex University. But the feral outsiders thing definitely fits in a lot more uniformly with this beast of a tune.

‘Bichon Frise’ is the only song on their soundcloud; there’s next to nothing about them online and they appear to have zero gigs booked for the near future. So just enjoy the tune and remember the name – one suspects there’ll be more to come – when Ellekaye are good and ready to let the dogs out once more.

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