Last Wednesday, Elim Bolt and ET Anderson ushered in the second show of the Hearts & Plugs Redux Residency, one of five shows as part of a concert series highlighting 10 bands on the Hearts & Plugs music label. Elim Bolt features a Southern-rock edge with dark undertones and sludgy guitars that coordinates with ET Anderson's blend of garage vibes and experimental R&B tunes. Both bands represent the rawer, more alternative side of the spectrum the label has to offer. From Elim Bolt's sordid-yet-honest lyrics to the madness behind ET Anderson's genre-bending setlist, these guys put on one hell of a sophomore show.
Johnnie Matthews of Elim Bolt
Gritty rockers Elim Bolt opened with Johnnie Matthews III on vocals/guitar, Jess Oliver wailing on drums, Brett Nash on bass, and Joe Chang on guitar and keys. Johnnie began his music career as one of the founding members of Florence's pop-rock group Sequoyah Prep School in the early 2000s and played bass for local indie rock band Company shortly after moving to Charleston. He formulated Elim Bolt in 2011 after realizing his talent for songwriting and debuted Nude South in 2012 under the Hearts & Plugs label. The Dingy, Slimy, Scummy! EP followed a year later in 2013 with the addition of Jess, originally of Columbia-based Can't Kids and People Person, as well as feminist-punk quartet HAUSWERK. "I'm constantly trying to expand and change the sound of the band," Johnnie says about Elim Bolt's progression over the past four years. He acknowledges how important it is to revel in the process of creating an album: "Currently I'm recording our third release and have been experimenting with some different sounds. Some of the tracks I've recorded with Wolfgang Zimmerman [at The Space] and others I've been doing in my home studio. It's been nice to be able to spend all the time I want in the studio and let the songs kind of work themselves out. I'm excited for [the album] to be done, but I'm definitely not rushing [the process]."
Mr. Bonetangles during his intermission performance