The Elms Call it Quits After 10 Years

What started as a small rock band from the cornfields of Seymour, Indiana rose to become one of the most prominent members of the Indianapolis music scene, soon taking the national stage by storm. Today, that same band announced that, after ten years of concerts, critically acclaimed albums, Indianapolis media appearances, and chart topping singles, the time has come to call it quits. Hometown Hoosier favorites The Elms announced today on their website that the dream is over; it’s a sad day for Indianapolis music fans.

Video of The Elms performing live on Channel 59 WXIN in Indianapolis; The Elms announced their breakup today


From The Elms’ homepage: “It is with equal parts gratitude and humility with which I write you today to say that this July, after ten extraordinary years of life lived closely together, the members of The Elms will very amicably part ways and end our tenure as a rock and roll band. There are no salacious discrepancies between band members to report to you, and no dramatic elements to run through the rumor mill! Simply stated, the time has come to move on.”

Video of The Elms performing their hit single, “Back to Indiana,” live at The Music Mill in Indianapolis


The news comes as somewhat of a shock, seeing as their latest album, 2009’s The Great American Midrange, outsold all their previous efforts to date. The single from that album, “Back to Indiana,” saw its debut at the televised broadcast of 2009’s Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, and the band just played at the 500 Festival a few weeks ago. But sometimes bands run their course; they run out of ideas, they run out of energy for the constant touring, constant creative output, and constant time away from friends and family. And, as the old rock and roll adage says, it’s better to burn out than to fade away. The Elms had a good run: over their four records, they have evolved from a straightforward roots rock band to an intelligent, driven musical quartet. Why not stop at the very pinnacle of achievement?

Music video for “Nothin’ to Do With Love” by Indianapolis band The Elms; The Elms announced their breakup today


The Elms were somewhat of a fixture here on our weekly Indianapolis music events show calendar. They’ve performed at tons of Indianapolis music venues, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Vogue Theater, Spin Nightclub, The Music Mill, Butler University, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and tons more. They were a tight band that never failed to bring energy and vibrant showmanship to the stage; a concert with The Elms was always an Indianapolis event. The Indianapolis band will be holding a final, acoustic concert on July 30 at Radio Radio.

Music video for “Back to Indiana,” the hit single by Indianapolis band The Elms


The breakup news doesn’t come without some sort of consolation. As a nod to the legion of Indianapolis people that call themselves fans, The Elms are also releasing a box set of live and rare tracks. The set, called Stoppin’ on a Dime: Live and Rare 2000-2010, will include 40 tracks, most of it previously unreleased or previously unheard material. Bootlegs, studio recordings, official live recordings, and alternate versions of popular songs will all be on the album. It’s a fitting tribute to the demise of a great Indiana rock band.

For more information on The Elms and their recent breakup, visit The Elms homepage.