Elizabeth Colour Wheel recently rampaged their way into our consciousnesses through the single '23', the first song to be shared from their debut album Nocebo, which is coming out through The Flenser on March 15th.

Since then we've been whipping and winding our minds through their untameable rock storm time and again, never tiring of the unpredictable twists and drops they provide. Today have the thrill of bringing you 'Pink Palm', the opening track from Nocebo. 'Pink Palm' is a song that doesn't hold back on any of the facets of Elizabeth Colour Wheel's emphatic approach to rock. It starts coyly, luring you in with a creeping guitar and beckoning vocals, only to then whisk you off in a torrent of unheeding momentum, before delivering you to a cavernous breakdown. It's best you just listen to the song below to get a true idea of the sheer adventurousness of Elizabeth Colour Wheel.

Beneath the track you'll find an interview with the band about their sound, their debut album and their live shows.

How has living in/around Boston nurtured and affected your sound?

Boston is a really unique place, not in a necessarily good or bad way, it’s just very different than most cities. Most locals you wind up playing music with are from outside of the city or an entirely different state and, for the most part, everyone is still pretty young. As an artist here you’re constantly exposed to people doing new and old things in their own way and trying to figure out how to make it work. We really like that. We find a lot people, including ourselves, really enjoy the curiosity and personal exploration of early work from artists, Boston has an abundance of this happening and it can be really inspiring, sadly it also can be the opposite, a lot of people will start re-hash a lot of things and rely on their name to get them gigs and other opportunities.

Also a lot of touring acts will skip Boston, especially ones coming up from the south or over from the west coast. It can be out of the way, but in return we have a lot of artists coming down from Canada and newer acts from the northeast coming through on smaller tours, providing us with a variety of artists you don’t get in a lot of cities. All of us not being from here originally and coming from Texas, New Jersey, Utah, and China, it has definitely given us a different outlook on how we perform.

The album title Nocebo means “a detrimental effect on health produced by psychological or psychosomatic factors such as negative expectations of treatment or prognosis.” How does that pertain to the music on the album?

The music on the album can be painful to perform, and sometimes to listen to. This music is almost a soundtrack to our collective mental states, so really we feel the term Nocebo just best represents what’s going on when you’re listening to the record. We’ve all experienced how difficult our minds can make things, sometimes to the point of having to put your life on hold. We look for words and names to label things going on with us mentally and that can set you back a lot, often physically. The lyrics on the album don’t follow this concept all the times, but we feel the overall tone of the album does.

Nocebo feels like a carefully constructed journey, featuring some ambient passages between bigger songs, was it your intention to create a singular listening experience?

Definitely. We draw this from our peers and the people who have inspired us. Also this being our first release to be on a physical LP, we really wanted to embrace that. We aimed to have a well balanced A and B side that will add up to being a whole piece. In terms of the quiet moments and “ambient passages,” these ideas have always been apart of our music. It has always been one extreme to another, whether we build to it or just jump on it. Our own indecisiveness has become our strength we chose to embrace making almost like puzzle for us to put together at the end. A few of these songs were actually written before our last EP was even written, some the summer right before we recorded it. It wasn’t until we started getting closer to the product being finished did we see how it would all fall into place.

How was writing an album a different challenge to your previous EPs?

The way we’ve approached our EPs was definitely different. They were definitely a very straightforward process: write, rehearse, record live, mix, master, then release. This time we really sat on some things, did some things outside of the studio, got out of comfort zone a little bit, and can not stress enough, we waited. So many times songs evolved for months after they’ve been written, naturally. We really gave our songs the time to do so and we feel it paid off.

There’s an inherent drama to your songs, is that something you’ve worked together to build up over the years?

Sadly, there’s an inherent drama to our lives. It’s what comes with surrounding yourself with artists and other creative types. Everyone is just feeling a lot of things and talking to each other about it all the time. It’s a good thing most of the time. The only you can be honest with your work is if you’re honest with yourself while creating it, doing so a lot of how you feel and a lot of how you are is going to make its way into your work. That being said, it just happened naturally and we never tried to put stop to it, or force it in there. If it’s there it’s because it’s supposed to be.

Your label The Flenser seems like the perfect place for your genre-blending rock, how did you end up working with them? Are you fans of their other artists?

Thom [Planning for Burial]. We owe a lot to him, not only did his music influence us massively, but he’s big reason we’re even still a band today. We were supposed to play a gig together in 2016 and the promoter wound up not having a space for it, tried to get us to essentially run the thing with less than 24 hours notice, we couldn’t make it happen. We kept in contact and eventually made it happen a year later, and thanks to him; it was Have a Nice Life’s first gig in like 9 years. It sold out and we all got along really well and had a great time, so they decided to invite us down to New York to do it again and from there it all just kind of happened.

When The Flenser expressed interest in us, there was no question; we wanted to be on this roster. The Flenser has such an incredible amount of talent, we are all huge fans of the music happening here. Having such a wide variety of some of our favorites like Planning for Burial, Have a Nice Life, Drowse, Street Sects, Bosse-de-Nage, Sannhet, Bell Witch, to artists we never thought we’d be associated with like White Suns and Loss of Self, there isn’t a bad artist on this label, unless we blow it.

You’ve built a reputation around your live performances, but for those of us who are yet to see you perform, what can we expect from an Elizabeth Colour Wheel show?

That’s honestly a really difficult one to answer; they feel pretty different to us every time. We will definitely upset and loud, then throw you off by being goofy or really shy after we play. As strange of an experience performing is for us, we love doing it, we just never know what’s going to happen or how we’re going to feel about ourselves when it’s happening. It’s unpredictable in that sense.

What are your current touring plans and will you be coming to the UK/Europe in the near future?

We can’t wait for this March tour, it’s going to be our first formal tour and we intend on making the most of it and can’t wait to see what it has in store for us. We also have a lot exciting things planned for the summer, which will bring us even more new experiences. In terms of UK/EU, that’s a goal for 2020, we have a lot of work to do before we get there, but we are working towards it. We can’t wait to meet our friends overseas, make new ones, and just see more of this world.


Elizabeth Colour Wheel's debut album Nocebo is out March 15th (pre-order). They have these forthcoming live dates:

03.16.19 Brooklyn, NY @ Bazar
03.17.19 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
03.18.19 Montclair, NJ @ Meat Locker
03.19.19 Falls Church, VA @ VFW 9278
03.20.19 Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
03.21.19 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
03.22.19 Boston,MA @ O'Brien's
03.23.19 Portland Maine @ Geno's
03.24.19 Rollinsford, NH @ Sue's
03.25.19 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine