According to their Facebook page, the show will be filmed in HD, using multiple cameras. Singer Owen Thomas writes on his blog that "we’re kicking around several ideas for the footage, which range from a complete concert film to a documentary about the cumulative 10-year experience of The Elms."
There is a terrific blog by Dan Ficker at inreview.net where Thomas addresses questions surrounding the group breaking up. In the interview, The Elms' lead singer said it was just a feeling that things should stop.
"Don't know ultimately why that is. It just feels like when something runs it's course, you hope you have the cognizance to understand it and know it," Thomas said. "I think that, musically and personally, we were in a very pure place for the last record, and in my mind I don't know that it can be that pure ever again...that's not because we have feelings of animosity toward each other".
He also speaks about the band moving from Christian music to the rock world, and how their The Great American Midrange - an independent release - sold better than The Chess Hotel, recorded for the Universal South label.
Thomas said doesn't really know what the next project will be.
"I've really committed myself personally to not even thinking about what the my next move in life might be until after July 30th," he told Ficker. "But, you know, I mean. It will be something musical, I'm sure."
Meanwhile, Elms guitarist Thom Daugherty jumps in and plays a showcase gig with country rocker Chris Janson Tuesday night (July 27) at 12th & Porter in Nashville.
"Every good spirit needs someplace to run, so I need to find me a place in the sun"
The Elms - "A Place in the Sun" (the final track from their final album)
Why didn't they stay together? Why weren't they more well-known? More roundly appreciated? Is that the way it has to be in the music business circca 2010?
Shit, bands have been breaking up since the beginning rock and roll. Nothing new. Just move along.
Ten years will go by. Maybe they will play together again. The guys will all find success. And I will ask my music friends if they remember The Elms, and some will say yes.
Maybe that sound, going four different directions after Friday, will allow them to reach out to more musicians and people than if they had stayed together. That's what I would like to think is the happy ending to this story.
And maybe it is.
"Back to Indiana" - The Elms