Oliver Elf Army to celebrate album release

Oliver Elf Army at Fishermans Village Music Festival 2021 (Photo by Christine Mitchell)

I published a review of Oliver Elf Army is sending thoughts and prayers on March 20, 2020. At that point in time, the band’s album release show had already been canceled due to the burgeoning virus crisis that has been riding on our backs ever since. I re-read my words, and after a good solid year and a half of listening, I still love this record as much as I did then, if not more. Oliver Elf Army is finally throwing themselves the bash that they deserve, a reward for a job well done, and you really ought to come on out and celebrate with them. The show takes place this Saturday at the Everett VFW Post 2100 at 7PM (masks and proof of vax or negative test required).

Not content to just celebrate their LP, OEA is also releasing a cassingle via Palmer House Tapes, a spanking new boutique cassette label helmed by Bryan Bradley of I Will Keep Your Ghost, who are also playing the release show. New tracks “Heavy Metal Attack” and “Hussey” further serve to illustrate Oliver Elf Army’s innate talents, which include sneaky humor, hot thrash mixed with sweet interludes, and a storytelling ability that few bands can match.

And with two Palmer House Tapes bands on the bill, it only makes sense to add a third in the shape of FUNERALHOMES, and it makes even more sense for this to be the release show for the HAUNTS EP, Palmer House’s tape #1 (OEA’s is #2). The first single, “Big Sur,” indicates a sound soaked in the 80’s, the Pacific Ocean and regret (our review drops tomorrow).

If all of this wasn’t enough, there will be a taco truck outside the VFW hall. Everett’s favorite El Mariachi Birria and Tacos (formerly Los Tamahhles) will be there to satisfy your cravings. A night full of joy and full tummies? I’m in.

Palmer House Presents:

Oliver Elf Army (album and cassingle release)
I Will Keep Your Ghost
FUNERALHOMES (cassette EP release)

$10, 7PM, all ages, bar with ID
Everett VFW Post 2100 at 2711 Oakes Avenue
masks and proof of vax or negative test required

Christine Mitchell has been poring over album liner notes pretty much since she acquired the skill of reading, and figured out the basic structure of rock songs at an early age. Whether it’s the needle popping into the first groove of the record, the beeps that signal the beginning (or end) of a cassette tape, or digital numbers ticking off the seconds from zero, music brings Christine happiness, ponderous thought, opportunities for almost scientific study, and sometimes a few tears. When she started attending live shows two decades ago, a whole new piece of the puzzle clicked in and she has been hooked ever since.