Dawn of Elysium are a gothic rock band based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK.
Inspired by a long-standing love for traditional and contemporary gothic rock music, Alec Marlow and Emma Hedley conceived the idea of forming a band at the back end of 2011, after watching bands at Leeds and Bradford goth nights.
Rehearsals commenced in earnest in 2012 and in the March, the name “Dawn of Elysium” was chosen.
They were joined by keyboard player Charles Shelley in the September just in time for their first gig, after which they immediately entered the studio.
The results came in the shape of the “Sense of Belonging” EP, which was recorded and produced at Bradford’s Voltage Studios by Tim Walker from seminal 80’s gothic rock band “Harlequyn”. Having grown up through the halcyon days of the original gothic rock movement, Tim managed to recapture the essence of the era whilst maintaining a contemporary edge to the sound.
In February 2013, the line-up was reduced to a 3-piece as the drummer decided to leave. This resulted in the sound changing fairly radically as the decision was made to move forward with synthetic drums as well as adding some atmospheric vocal effects.
Since then, the band have been honing their sound and establishing themselves as a live unit to critical acclaim.
Dawn Of Elysium have shared a bill with:
2 Sick Monkeys, Abrasive Wheels, Action Directe, Alice Moving Under Skies, AMereKat, Andy Carrington, Anti-System, Arcane Winter, Army of Walking Corpses, Astral Trip, Johnny B, Bad Pollyanna, Berlin Black, Black Falcon, Black Horse Fairy, Black Riders Cult, Camel of Doom, Paul Carter, Chutzpah!, Crawlform, Crazy Legs, The Danse Society, Dark Valentine, Dave McKinley, Dead Eyes Opened, Do Miss America, Dolomites, Josh Doyle, Eagle Spits, DWB13X, Eastfield, Katie Ellie, Every Black Day, The Expelaires, FANS, Flirting With Corpses, The Fugitives, Galores, The Glass House Museum, Grassby & Walker (Rhombus), Green Owl, Guttersluts, Hands of Industry, Headsticks, Hollow Earth, Hospital Food, Idiotbox, In Evil Hour, Ironrat, It’s A Trap, Jan Doyle Band, Matt Kula, Last July, Liberty Slaves, Lizard Tongue, The Lost Souls, Lupine, Machine Gun Etiquette, Maplerun, The Marching Men, Mikey May, May Moon, Luke Mayo, Me Rex, Monolith Cult, Murderpuss, The Negatives UK, No Decorum, Old School Enemy, Perpetua, Pigwitch, Primitive Echo, Psydoll, Quasimodo, Rhombus, Salvation, Skeletal Family, Snuff Rock, Spekulus, Suicide By Cop, Sweet Exile, Thee Distractions, Three Chord Wonder, Tokyo Witch Hunt, TV Smith, Viet Bong, Void Ship Captains, When Idols Fall, Cayn White, Wild Trash, Elyse Willett, Withered Ways, Yo El Ray, Zeitgeist Zero
And played at the following venues:
1in12 Club (Bradford), Bentley’s Live Lounge (Bradford), The Black Swan (Bradford), Bradford University (Bradford), The Exchange Arts Centre (Keighley), The Fenton (Leeds), The Fox and Newt (Leeds), The Fulford Arms (York), The Greyhound (Beeston, Notts), Leeds University (Leeds), The Library (Leeds), The Love Apple (Bradford), The Mill (Bradford), The New Beehive (Bradford), The Northern (Low Moor, Bradford), The Packhorse (Woodhouse Lane, Leeds), The Polish Club (Barnsley), The Snooty Fox (Wakefield), The Star and Garter (Burton-on-Trent), Tavern In The Town (Bradford), The Underground (Barnsley), The Underground (Bradford), Vampire (Bradford), Wharf Chambers (Leeds)