Young Elk: Distant, somber, and often times, crushingly bleak—Young Elk’s songs are painfully deliberate. In fact, everything is done on purpose. The songs, often penned by frontman and guitar player Ezekiel J Rudick, weave a tapestry of complicated stories that delve into the depths of faith, doubt, abuse, death, and divorce. Though, led by a songwriter, Young Elk is not content to merely be labeled “a man and his band.” The music itself serves as the framework to plow the depths of such darkness. Subtly straddling the blurred lines between post punk, 90s-era Northwestern indie rock, and alt country, Young Elk has developed a one-of-a-kind sound pulling from influences like Pedro the Lion, Nick Cave, Low, and Bedhead. Young Elk’s forthcoming debut LP The Dark Side of the Holy Ghost tells the story of a young man grappling with questions of faith and existentialism with a very precise sense of brutalism—all packaged in a dimly lit package of dark indie rock and post punk, not unlike earlier releases by The National and The Black Heart Procession.