Video Premiere: The Cle Elum – ‘Old Folks’

Indie rock outfit originally hailing from Chicago (now out of Chattanooga, TN) The Cle Elum like to say “The band was formed in the total wrong order.”

The pairing of now-husband/wife couple Sarah Sargent Pepper and Ian Lee first met in 2011 when both had been touring extensively as drummers with Lee having been a member of Bad Oskar, Woolworthy, Not Rebecca, Tom Daily, Electric Airlines, and more. Falling in love, the couple found a way to stay together on the road by founding their company, Affordable Tour Solutions, which provides tour support for bands like Nada Surf, Manchester Orchestra, The Get Up Kids, Bright Eyes, and more.

With so much inspiration surrounding them, as well as things slowing down during the pandemic, the couple managed to get their new indie rock project, The Cle Elum, off the ground. Now their debut album It’s Ok If It Falls Apart is slated to drop on August 16 on Winston Sounds and features guest vocals from Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes.

Today, the group are debuting the video for their track “Old Folks” off of the upcoming album. A rich and exhilarating indie anthem with notes of classic rock melodies, the track is a wry look at the world through the eyes of experience.

“We relate to concepts like nonbinary or open source (in tech), and feel these concepts are important in art,” explains Lee. “We identify as a rock band who think like punk rock people, but we might want to write a country song. We want to be both DIY, and we want to be part of many communities. We believe in the power of music to bring people together.”

Check out the video below.

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Photo courtesy of Sandlin Gaither

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