Year of Release: 1978
This is another case of me being led up the garden path - the record store selling this record labelled it as "obscure new wave", and I took a random punt on it in the hope that I'd be buying something if not good, then at least slightly unusual. A fair assumption, after all - Rox were a Liverpool based independent label who did have punk bands on their roster. But as soon as the needle hit the grooves at home, I realised something was up. This is pretty much old school rock and roll given a tiny bit of seventies attitude and spittle.
The A-side "You're Gone" is, though, quite an energetic and commanding pub rock performance, and if it isn't quite new wave it is certainly rough and ready. If Dutch Elm had been plying this particular kind of old school sound a mere four or five years earlier, they'd have probably been respected lights in the pub rock movement, but by 1978 this probably seemed slightly old hat and only likely to appeal to the faithful rock and rollers. But even so, the seventies (and early eighties) still had those in spades, and it's easy to imagine them doing well within their niche.
The flip side tracks "Donna" and "Poetry In Motion" are straight covers and add very little to the originals. I can only guess that they were included to showcase some elements of Dutch Elm's live set.
As for who they were, search me. This appears to have been their only release, but if you do have more information, let me know.