May 10, 2014

hmv.com reviews… Eliza and the Bear @ The Great Escape
by James
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hmv.com reviews… Eliza and the Bear @ The Great Escape

Who?

Eliza and the Bear – rousing folk-pop collective from London, tipped for big things.

Where?

The Green Door Store - off Trafalgar Street, Brighton @ The Great Escape

Was it full? And how were the crowd?

There were long queues to see these boys and the venue was rammed, but we squeezed in and the atmosphere was great. Not much room for dancing though…

So what was the set like? What did they play?

Eliza and the Bear write songs with big, euphoric choruses and they really have a way with a melody. Straight away there’s a really good vibe in the room and they pounded and strummed their way through a brisk 30 minutes of their best tunes, including ‘It Gets Cold’ and a belting rendition of ‘Upon The North’.

Any good between song banter?

Singer James Kellegher was chatty throughout, doing his best to persuade the trumpet player that crowd surfing would be a good idea. He didn’t look so sure, in fact after some pretty enthusiastic encouragement from the crowd he looked downright terrified.

Did they put on much of a show?

They smashed it. Their music has a rousing, uplifting folk-influenced vibe and even though the stage was so smallthey were still bouncing around the place and really got the crowd into it.

What was the highlight of the set?

Their song ‘Friends’was a blinder, with the whole place rocking and the poor trumpetplayergetting sucked into the audience, all the while still bashing away on a tambourine.

Where can I catch them next?

They’ll be at Awolnation at the Trinity Centre in Bristol on May 26th, then at Barn on the Farm in Gloucester from June 4th.

Eliza and the Bear - Brother's Boat

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