This past weekend, the first annual Uninvited Festival took over Brooklyn’s Nihil Gallery for a full 4 days of metal, motorcycles, and more. While the entire lineup was stacked full of prominent doom, stoner, and sludge bands (Weedeater, The Shrine, Mothership, The Skull, Orchid, etc.), I was most excited to attend on Sunday, the final day, to see one of my favorite heavy bands, Elder. I became a big Elder fan shortly after the release of their 2011 sophomore full-length, Dead Roots Stirring, which presented Elder’s own brand of doom metal as one laced with hazy psychedelia, soaring and virtuosic guitar solos, and an unwavering commitment to the almighty, pummeling riff. So you can imagine my delight upon not only hearing that they’d be in Brooklyn, but they’d agree to take a few minutes to meet for an interview.
So I was able to catch up with frontman Nick DiSalvo, whose vocals, guitar work, and songwriting largely define Elder’s sound, to speak for a bit before they took the stage and, umm, blew me the fuck away. It was a distinct pleasure to talk about their upcoming full-length, inspirations for their development, and plans for the future. Check out the full interview below: