“It’s very dark lyrics against very happy music” - hmv.com talks to Eliza And The Bear
Essex heartswelling rockers Eliza And The Bear unveil self-titled debut album today (you can preview and purchase it on the right-hand side of the page) and we got guitarist Martin Dukelow to tell us all about making it...
How long have you had the album ready for?
“We’ve had it done for a year now. We finished it in December 2014. It’s been tough to sit on it, because we’re really proud of it, but I’m glad we held on because we’re in a much, much stronger position now.”
Some of the songs must be a few years old now...
“Some of the early ones are older, but that’s why we’ve self-titled it, it’s the story of this band from where we begin up until now.”
You recorded in Nashville, why did you choose to go there?
“It was down to where Jacquire (King, producer) wanted to be. It’s the capital of music and the studio was incredible. He really brought our songs to life, we’d tried a few producers and we couldn’t get the sound we get live, we really feel that’s where we’re at our best. Getting the right person was hard, but he’d done Kings Of Leon and James Bay, very live sounding albums, so he was perfect for us."
How did you find Nashville? It’s a real music town…
“We’d go to bars and we’d see all these incredible musicians, it was wicked, so much great music and food, it definitely put us in a really creative zone.”
Can you sum up the album lyrically? Or is that more James (Kellegher, frontman)’s department?
“We go through them together. He has this book of words that he writes in all the time and we pick stuff out, I’ll listen back for sense and move stuff around. Every song comes from a very different place. It’s very dark lyrics against very happy music. If you listen to the music the darkness of the words is definitely not what you’d expect, if we had really happy shiny lyrics it might be a bit too much, the dark edge sits well with us, makes things a little bit deeper.”
If you’ve had the album ready for so long, you must have written a few new ones too...
“We’ve got about 35 songs ready now. We’ve kept grafting and we’ve got a real head start with what we do next. We’ve liked it, a lot of bands record and get thrown into touring, but we’ve had time to get ready.”
Finally, what are your plans to take the album out live?
“We’ve got a big promotional tour for the album and then a festival run and then we’ll be doing another UK headline tour, probably October time. We’ve still got to wait until the album comes and find out how it does before we can play too much, but we are looking ahead.”