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Weaving melodic but downbeat soundscapes with guitars and keyboards accompanied by manipulated sounds and found audio fragments, Elvis Depressedly was formed in Columbia, South Carolina in 2011 by Mat Cothran, who had previously performed and recorded under the banner Coma Cinema.
The debut Elvis Depressedly release was a lo-fi digital EP, Save the Planet Kill Yourself, which appeared in August 2011 and featured Cothran handling most of the instruments himself. A fistful of Elvis Depressedly releases appeared over the next year, including several singles and EPs Cothran released digitally, as well as two cassette albums from Orchid Tapes, Mickey's Dead (July 2012) and Hotter Sadness (October 2012). In time, Elvis Depressedly evolved into a full band with the addition of multi-instrumentalists Mike Roberts (aka Dr. Vink) and Delaney Mills (who was also Cothran's significant other). The year 2013 brought Holo Pleasures, a six-song EP that boosted the group's profile and helped bring the band to the attention of Run for Cover Records. The label struck a deal with Elvis Depressedly (based in Asheville, North Carolina) to release the album New Alhambra, which appeared in May 2015. In the meantime, Cothran also recorded solo material as Mathew Lee Cothan, and with additional side project Gremlins. In 2016, Run for Cover released Elvis Depressedly's Holo Pleasures/California Dreamin', which combined the 2013 EP with a previously unreleased six-track EP recorded during the same sessions. ~ Mark Deming
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