NEW RELEASE: Driftwood EP – 13/11/20

We are very pleased to announce the release of our latest EP “Driftwood”.

Somewhat of an excursion for Dawn of Elysium in a couple of ways, the idea for releasing Driftwood was born from the acoustic performance we did for Alastair Appleby as covered in our previous article. Of the four tracks performed on that day, we took those versions of “Why Now? Why Me?” and “Lost And Found” into the studio and developed them further, adding orchestration and piano to each.

Sandwiched between the two is a song from our forthcoming album “The Mandela Effect”. More news of which later.

Somewhat of an oddity in itself, “Ghost in the Machine” was started off with the intentions of becoming a bridging piece on the album but it evolved into something more substantial. We are very pleased to announce that the song has been adopted for inclusion in a forthcoming film called “Scarred Evolution” and we thought it would be a good opportunity to release it in its current form, hence the title “Ghost in the Machine (Scarred Evolution)”. The track’s journey has not yet finished and the version on the album will likely be different but it gives a taste of the kind of vibe to expect. In contrast to the acoustic/orchestral vibe of the other two songs, “Ghost in the Machine” explores our more progressive influences to a greater degree than previous work.

The EP releases on Friday 13th November and will be available from all good digital outlets. A physical CD release will follow, more news on that later.

Driftwood is dedicated to Alastair and was recorded as a thank you for all of the support he has given us throughout the years.

By Alec Posted in Blog

Appy ever after

It has been a very sombre weekend for us in DOE. Our most loyal fan and beloved friend Alastair Appleby is approaching his final days. Some friends rallied round and put together a private gig for him and we were invited to take part. In these difficult times the band has been out of action for some months so assembling the full unit was not possible. The idea of us performing a stripped down acoustic set was mentioned. This was not something we were in the habit of doing and I had not played my acoustic guitar for years. Nevertheless, not participating was not an option so Kaz and I quickly set about putting a short set together and after a period of intense practice, we had something we considered befitting of Alastair. Stalwart of the scene and general all round diamond geezer Martin Aylward did an amazing job of putting the event together which Alastair referred to as his living wake. It was an honour and a privilege to take part and playing for him this last time was a special memory we shall cherish forever. When gigs get back to normal we will miss seeing him from our vantage point.

To have someone who truly loves and appreciates the music you make is a very special and humbling thing and something we will always treasure. We love you Alastair, you will always be in our hearts and a huge part of the Dawn of Elysium story.

Appy ever after xxx

By Alec Posted in Blog

NEW RELEASE: First Light single

We are very excited to announce the release of our brand new single “First Light” This is the very first recording to feature the full post-2019 line-up.

Track 2 is a remix of No More by the goth legend that is Lee Meadows. He is now going under the moniker of Batboy Slim. Many thanks to Lee for his excellent remixing skills.

The First Light single will be available from all good digital outlets (Bandcamp, Apple music, Amazon, Spotify, Google play and many more)

2019 – The year of the Raven

This year has seen a paradigm shift in the band as we turned the page to a new and exciting chapter.

Towards the end of last year, we were feeling somewhat despondent, myself more than anyone probably and we were on the verge of asking ourselves some difficult questions about the future of the band. We’d spent 5 years as a 3-piece, having completed our first album with a few recorded works in progress. Attempts at new material were becoming laboured and uninspiring. We had done a decent number of gigs that year but mainly very locally. With the exception of our York debut, they had been primarily in Bradford and Leeds. There was a general feeling of treading water. Although we were tight as a live unit and we were happy with what we delivered, I guess you could say we were feeling a bit sorry for ourselves. It was time for a reassessment.

It all started in the November of 2018. Emma and I came up with the idea and concept for what was to be our second album with the title “Raven”. Most of the content was already recorded if unfinished, it just needed turning into a coherent work. Howard had already given us the proverbial kick up the arse by booking us in for the album launch gig at Carpe Noctum. It was to happen in the February of 2019 and would be a co-headliner with our friends and rising stars “Sometime The Wolf”. Our friend Tim Furze had been a long time supporter and friend of the band and after a gig one night, we got chatting about guitar playing. I floated the idea of inviting him to join the band and it was met with unanimous approval. Tim excitedly accepted and we began planning his introduction to the band. We had one more gig that year in the calendar which was to become our last as a 3-piece. Tim spent the rest of the year attending rehearsals as an observer. He was unable to attend the gig due to previous commitments.

The final gig of 2018 was at The Duchess of Kent in Bradford. It was to be performed by the 3 of us with guest appearances from Paul Gooding and Kaz Buxton. We had not long since recorded and released “Divide and Conquer”, which was an old Suicide By Cop song and one which Kaz had performed many times. Since it was a Christmas gig, I asked her if she fancied doing it as a one off and she jumped at the chance. Paul had previously performed Matchstick Men with us and so I asked him if he fancied doing both that and Divide and Conquer with us. It was a fairly quiet but very enjoyable night and yet more seeds had been sown.

2019 saw us begin in earnest as a 4-piece. Tim had worked very hard to learn our set and also contributed to the album just in time for its completion. The Carpe Noctum gig took place in the February and saw Tim joining us onstage for the first time. Kaz also made another appearance singing Divide and Conquer. As a band we felt galvanised with a new found energy and enthusiasm.

Spring bank saw us begin to spread our wings as we played 3 consecutive dates in 3 cities, namely Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. It was quite an exciting mini-tour and saw us playing in front of people who had never seen us before at venues which we had never played before. Two of the dates were supporting Christian Death. There was a real sense of us branching out more and the desire to build on that and play different places came into focus.

In the summer, I had a conversation with Kaz and she was feeling somewhat despondent herself at not being musically active enough. I suggested that she could join the band on a more significant basis rather than the odd ad-hoc guest appearance. I was curious to hear what it would sound like with her singing some of the older material. I put it to the rest of the band and again it was a unanimous approval with the caveat that I still performed some lead vocals and retained the writing responsibilities. This suited me perfectly. Changing what would essentially be the face of the band was a much bigger step than adding an extra musician. It was all immediately “signed off” and Kaz became a full time member of the band in July.

Our first gig as a 5-piece proper was at the Shadow of the Castle festival in Scarborough on 17th August. We played to a packed house and it was a roaring success. We had some excellent feedback and the new line-up went down a storm. Kaz’s voice suited a lot of the older material perfectly and we introduced a brand new song to the set “First Light”, which was the first one written as a 5-piece.

Since then, we have played a number of gigs, culminating in our final one of the year last Saturday at The Underground, all of which have been well attended and well received. Although we had made a conscious decision to not book any Bradford dates in 2019, we could not turn down the opportunity to play in support of “The Bradford Food Bank”. It is a very important cause, organised by a team and hosted at a place all of which are very close to our collective heart and it seemed fitting to round off the year in our home town.

So we leave the year a very different and more energised band. We have some gigs already in the calendar for 2020 which will see us venturing further out than before. There are studio works in progress too, which we hope to unleash in the early part of next year, all of which will feature the full line-up.

A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the year. We’re looking forward to seeing what 2020 has in store for us.

Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Alec, Emma, Kaz, Tim and Charles.

By Alec Posted in Blog

Four becomes five

Just a few months after recruiting new guitarist Tim Furze, we are delighted to announce that we have expanded our numbers further.

On 16th July, Kaz Buxton joined the fold as additional lead vocalist.

Kaz had previously joined us on stage a couple of times to sing “Divide and Conquer”, which is a song she originally sang in our old band Suicide By Cop. A desire for her to be more musically active, coupled with us wondering what she might sound like singing some of our other material led us to getting together to see what happens.

It’s very early days as yet but so far it’s sounding great. We are really looking forward to giving a taster of things to come at the Shadow of the Castle festival this coming Saturday.

Going forward, I still intend to perform some lead vocal duties as well as write the lyrics, so hopefully we won’t be changing beyond all recognition, although we will continue to experiment as is the ethos of the band.

Depending on availability, future gigs may or may not feature all five of us, especially during this transitional period.

We are already working on our next recordings, which will feature the full line-up. More on this in due course.

Spring bank holiday mini-tour

We are excited to announce a mini tour over the spring bank holiday weekend. Three cities over three days, taking in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester and all at venues which we have never played before.

On Friday 24th May, we play at Temple of Boom as support to US Death Rock legends Christian Death. Although we play Leeds reasonably regularly, this is a new venue for us and we have heard nothing but good things about it. Massive thanks to Lecky for the opportunity. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday 25th May sees us travelling to Sheffield to play as an absolute belter of a line-up hosted by Night Shift promotions. It’s at The Mulberry and features Lesbian Bed Death, Syd.31, Jan Doyle Band and Black Riders Cult. Cheers to Derek for thinking of us. We are very much looking forward to it. Have a look at the Facebook event page for ticket, times and up to date line-up details.

On Sunday 26th May we cross the Pennines over to Manchester to play at Rebellion for another date on the Christian Death Beyond The Veil tour. It’s an action packed and varied bill featuring Vukovar Vukovar, Lesbian Bed Death, Petrichor and Pallas Athena. Many thanks to the guys at Rebellion for including us. The Facebook event page gives up to date information on the line-up, times and tickets.

We’re looking forward to getting out and about, making some new friends and playing to some new faces at some new places. See you down the front!

By Alec Posted in Blog

NEW RELEASE: Raven album + launch party and new guitarist

We are delighted to announce that we have completed the second album. Entitled “Raven”, it’s a follow-up to 2016’s Time and Tide. Although a much shorter work in comparison, Raven explores more sonic territory, showcasing some of our hardest hitting and also some of our most ambient/atmospheric material yet. We have been working on this piecemeal over the last 2 years, with lots of ideas being tried, tested and scrapped in the process. The album told us when it was finished and so we recently brought it up to standard and completed it.

Raven will be available from all good digital outlets (Bandcamp, Apple music, Amazon, Spotify, Google play and many more) and released on CD digipack on 2nd February to coincide with our first headline appearance at Carpe Noctum, the flagship northern goth/alternative night. We have played this event a handful of times over the past few years. It has been our favourite venue and club night and it would seem that we have “earned our stripes” sufficiently to play the headline slot. Howard is a very trusted curator and has very high standards and so we can’t see this as anything other than an accolade. We feel very humbled indeed. The event is at The Library, Leeds and we’re honoured to be sharing the bill with the formidable co-headliners Sometime The Wolf and newcomers The Seventh Victim who are opening proceedings.

The gig will also welcome our brand new addition Tim Furze, who joins us on guitar. We initially advertised for an additional guitarist some 5 years ago but never really actively pursued it as there has always been a great chemistry between the 3 of us. Any addition to the mix would always have had to have been exactly the right person both musically and personally. Tim has been a friend and fan of the band for quite some time and after actually only recently learning that he plays guitar, we began the conversation. Beginning with the band just this year, he has very quickly found his place and contributed massively to the sound. Tim also features on the album.

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Tim Furze – rehearsal 15/01/19

We are all very much looking forward to releasing the album and progressing on as a 4-piece. It has given us a fresh resolve and started an exciting new chapter in the band.

Carpe Noctum: Dawn of Elysium + Sometime The Wolf + Seventh Victim – Facebook event page

NEW RELEASE: Divide and Conquer EP

 

 

We are extremely pleased to announce the release of this three track EP for your delight.

Divide and Conquer is a song I wrote almost ten years ago for my old project Suicide By Cop. The original version we recorded back then was a slow and powerful epic, co-written with SBC’s keyboardist Mick Dunn. After Mick left the band, we tried to rework it without keys. Its original tempo didn’t work too well, so we sped it up and gave the drums a more tribal feel. Even though we had some fun with it in the few years to follow, I always felt it was unfinished but by that time it was that ingrained, we struggled to add to it. It desperately needed a mid-section.

With the song being left alone for a number of years and the niggling feeling that there was something unfinished about it, I thought it might benefit from the Elysium treatment. I then set about re-recording it from scratch. When I wrote the lyrics back in 2009, I imagined something more up-tempo, something a bit VNV Nation. Therefore I had that in mind as well as cues from the later SBC live version. It also gave me the opportunity to record the vocals with the original phrasing. Kaz did a brilliant job on the SBC recording but she had changed a couple of things, mainly to assist her in delivering the lines comfortably. The differences are few and subtle but one especially is fundamental to my ears. The chord structure has been retained for the main part of the song and as such is recognisable. Full credit goes to Mick for that. I also added that much needed mid-section and a fitting intro. Emma and Charles added their own bass and keyboard parts respectively to the song, thus completing its “Elysification”. This recording is somewhat of an anomaly as it’s kind of an imagining of the original song which was in my head when I was writing it, before we put it together in SBC but also kind of a cover of the song it eventually turned into.

Sadly, the song seems to be lyrically more relevant with each passing year. Since writing it almost a decade ago, there have been countless divisive devices deployed in the media to keep us all arguing with each other and the proliferation of social media has only exacerbated this.

Riding The Cloud was the first track to appear on the Time and Tide album, yet it was the last one we wrote for it. Consequently, I have since felt it was recorded somewhat prematurely. It has been a live favourite for some time and I had been wanting to re-record the vocals in particular for a long while. So I took the decision to rework it. I thought that the main body of the song would lend itself well to being a “single” version in its own right. We also took the opportunity to touch up some other parts before remixing it from the ground up. This is more than just a “snipped” down version, each track has been carefully readdressed. It’s a lyrically a favourite of mine and addresses the social anxiety which plagues me from time to time.

The Last Time (Bad Disciple) is another re-imagining of one of our songs by Phil Sibson (Bad Disciple). After his fantastic rework of This Rising Sun, which we published as a “b-side” of “Drown”, he got his teeth into The Last Time. This is much more than just a remix or cover. As he did for This Rising Sun, he pretty much stripped everything away apart from the vocals, reworking and restructuring the whole piece as very much a synth based affair. Phil has a very unique ear and has worked on our material a few times. He hears certain essences and echoes within the song and brings them to the fore, resulting in something which is more a complement piece to the original, as opposed to a “different version”.

This EP will be available to buy and stream from all good digital outlets. It’s up on Bandcamp now and the others will follow shortly.

Hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it!

By Alec Posted in Blog

Rock Off Fibro – CD compilation

We are extremely honoured to announce that our track “Drown” has been selected for inclusion on the forthcoming “Rock Off Fibro” double CD. There’s a total of 36 artists on it. It also includes other great bands like Spear of Destiny, Spizzenergi, Sex Gang Children, The Main Grains, The Membranes, 1919, Evil Blizzard, Ferocious Dog & many more. Details on how & where to get this very soon!

All the profit goes to Rock off Fibro, which has now set a goal off raising enough funds to open the UKs first Fibromyalgia and chronic pain centre,working with local GPs and Medical professionals along with Welsh Assembly members, community groups.

What is Fibromyalgia?

There are over 130 Symptoms related to Pain, Neurological, Equilibrium, Sleep, Vision, Congenitive difficulties. Very little is known about the illness and the chemical imbalance between the Spinal cord and the Brain. Because of this, signals are sent to nerve receptors all over the body to open to their maximum state, which in turn leads to excruciating pain all over the body along with many other symptoms.

Well done to Martin Aylward and everyone involved with putting this together and it goes without saying that we offer our fullest support to this cause.

Save The Black Swan

Our single “Drown” has been included on a very worthwhile fundraiser album entitled “Save The Swan”.

The Black Swan is a music pub close to the student area of Bradford which has been instrumental in the story of Dawn of Elysium. We have played some 11 gigs there, including our very first appearance some 5 years ago in September 2012. The first incarnation of the band was formed in the Black Swan and it has been a welcome home for us ever since. We were saddened therefore to learn of its recent struggles to make ends meet, a sadly all too familiar story in these turbulent times.

Local musician Johnny Bedford mobilised himself to help organise a number of events and also compiled this fundraiser album in order to try and save the pub from closure.

We are honoured to be a part of it and fully support the cause. If you can find the time and spare a little cash, then please head on over to savetheswan.bandcamp.com and buy the album. It’s extremely good value at just £9 for 20 tracks. Information as written by Johnny can be found below. Please help to spread the word.

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Available Now “Save The Swan – Fundraiser Album”

A compilation of tracks from Local artists looking to save one of the best Bradford Music venues The Black Swan on Thornton Road from closure

The album is priced at £7.50 + VAT (so overall it works out at about £9.00) For an album full of kick ass music by some of the best musicians ive ever met it has 20 Tracks and is worth every penny

1. The Fight Within by Johnny B
2. Chasing Rainbows by David McKinley
3. Foggy Dew by Ste Leech
4. One Shot by Deadlock Saints
5. In The Rain by Temporal Storm
6. War Boy Torn For Toy by Benjamin Horrendous
7. Standing Tall by Johnny B ft Wilson
8. We’ve Only Just Begun by Deadlock Saints
9. Medusa by The Yalla Yallas
10. Drown by Dawn of Elysium
11. God’s Gunna by Ste Leech
12. Cursing My Name by Wilson
13. Houses by Sarah Carey
14. Dear You by Charlie Something and Thomas Hill
15. Broken Promises by Regan
16. What by CPSD
17. Any Spare Change by Sleepy Jake and The Duvets
18. Rise Above by Black Falcon
19. Four Fingers by Regan
20. Hole In My Pocket by Sleepy Jake and The Duvets

Artwork by the Awesomeness that is Ciaran Cummins

Support an honourable cause support a local business and your local musicians!!
Hours of love, skill and practice have gone in to all these recordings and I’m sure i speak for all my fellow artists when i say that this album makes a massive difference not just to the venue but to us too and I’m very privileged and extremely honoured to be a part of something like this!!

Please like, share and support this little movement and help build up our music scene!!
http://www.savetheswan.bandcamp.com

A massive massive thank you to all involved in the making of this awesome album!