The Beach Boys – sounding like Beached Whales

We’ve just had a right royal belly laugh at this video, courtesy of Niall. Sounds a lot like the bands some of us were in many years ago – and a good reminder to stick with the day job. Enjoy.


Take a gander at the new Elm House Creative website

Some of us have been busy recently getting the new-look website up and running. It has a lot of new work that we’ve done recently – as well as weird pics of staff with snakes around their necks, smoking pipes, celebrating birthdays, etc. And that’s just Michael.

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A blast from the past

Our Brian got a gunk the other day when he started spotting one of his billboard ads popping up all over Belfast. Not that that’s unusual in itself – it’s what we do after all. But this was a campaign CREATED TEN YEARS AGO!!

It turns out it’s a 10th Anniversary rerun for the ad that kicked off  the launch of the Northern Ireland organ donor campaign. Just goes to show – great advertising never dies.

All Brian needs to do now is figure out how to get repeat fees 🙂

Our Jonny launches new career in album design

STFU Hello Cold Cover

Well, we knew all along he was a multi-talented, many-faceted and uber-creative chap. But now our Jonny is making a name for himself as an album designer – and getting praise for it too.

Take a look at Southern Tenant Folk Union’s new album and you’ll see what we mean. While the album is getting terrific reviews, so too is the cover:

The sci-fi imaginings are also present on the cover art design by Belfast based Jonny McClean, the design sits well alongside the J.G. Ballard inspired ‘Crash‘ with it’s rhythmic banjo backdrop that was muted to mimic electronic arpeggios of early analogue sequencers conjuring the relentless vehicles that crash and continue on…metaphorical bankers that head on into oblivion blind to consequences taking us all with them.

‘Hello Cold Goodbye Sun’ is the fifth album from the Edinburgh-based band who offer a modern and slightly twisted take on a rootsy, bluegrass Americana vibe. As Scotland on Sunday puts it, the band is:

Going to inordinate lengths to emulate Krautrock gods such as Can, the five-string banjo of Pat McGarvey is harnessed to a tea towel to recreate the arpeggios of the analogue sequencers pioneered by Tangerine Dream, and it sounds fantastically dreamy.

And from Scotland on Sunday:

Southern Tenant Folk Union find themselves attracted to the horror realm on this atmospheric album – to horror film soundtracks and to the horrors of modern society…which makes a bright, Beatlesy response to shadowy authority figures, or to both in the case of Crash, which recreates the creepy synth arpeggios used in 1970s horror scores on a five-string banjo.

Give it a listen.

Shooting in Northern Ireland. Talking about Iceland.


So there we were – out on the first of a series of shoots that we’re doing at present. And during a lull in the proceedings there was a chance to check messages, send emails, go to the loo – or hear sound man Gerard tell Brian all about shooting Game of Thrones in Iceland, Morocco and various other exotic climes. Oh to be a sought-after sound man!

Acting the goat at a client meeting


Just a quick post to let you know that there’s absolutely nothing we won’t do to impress a client. The question is, though – WHO is that man dressed up as a goat? Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

The Red Arrows flew right over us today.

The Red Arrows zoomed over our office at lunch time today. The eagle-eyed among us saw them. The slow-coaches didn’t. There’s a metaphor for life in there somewhere 😉

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Music we’re working to… sometimes

Ben Kweller
Patti Smith
Alabama Shakes
Okkervil River
Little Barrie
Loney Dear
John Vanderslice
The Who
Tame Impala
The Tallest Man on Earth
Real Estate
The Rapture
Plants and Animals
The Walkmen
Panda Bear
Monsters of Folk

and gallons of others...

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