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Over the last five years, they have gone from standing as one of heavy riffing’s most potential-filled practitioners to adopting a progressive scope entirely their own. After playing the pre-show in 2013 and taking part in the fest proper in 2014 and 2016, Elder will return to Desertfest in 2018 on the heels of their greatest accomplishment yet: 2017’s Reflections of a Floating World.

No question that the trio of guitarist/vocalist Nick DiSalvo, bassist Jack Donovan and drummer Matthew Couto had their work cut out for them in following-up 2015’s epic Lore, but as they expanded to a four-piece with the inclusion of guitarist/keyboardist Mike Risberg, the reach of their craft moved likewise outward, and in songs like ‘Sanctuary,’ ‘The Falling Veil’ and ‘Thousand Hands,’ Elder’s material offers more sonic textures than ever before. True to their roots, they’re still very much a heavy band, but the clarity they bring to the studio and the stage has become nothing less than shimmering, and as they return to Camden Town in 2018, it is with an influence cast in all directions and only continuing to grow.

“Desertfest London is one of our absolute favorite festivals and we're thrilled to have been invited back for a third time!” enthuses DiSalvo. “We have nothing but love for the audience, crew and organizers, who have gone from acquaintances to good friends over our many visits to Camden Town. It's great to see a festival flourishing year after year and we're stoked to check another box on our lives' fantasy bucket list by sharing the bill with Monster Magnet, Eyehategod and Nebula, just to name a few!”

Now based in Germany as well as their native Massachusetts, Elder have never presented so vast a perspective, and we can’t wait to welcome them back to the Desertfest as veterans returning, as one of the most unique bands on the planet, and as one of the underground’s most crucial and vital acts taking a stage where we know they’ll feel right at home.

Words: JJ Koczan