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!

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Samhain blessings

A very happy Halloween/Samhain from all of us at Elysium Towers.

It has been some months since we posted. 2017 has been a very quiet year for the band musically but extremely busy personally and so rehearsals and writing sessions have not been plentiful. Unfortunately there really isn’t anything new to report at this time apart from we are very much still here 🙂

We’ve played just 3 gigs this year. More were planned but got cancelled (by the organisers) and we have also unfortunately had to turn a couple down, which ordinarily is not like us at all but as we said, there has been a lot going on in other areas of our lives. Hopefully we can rectify this in 2018. There is nothing in the calendar for the rest of this year.

We managed to release the single “Drown” in the spring, along with the “b-side” (for want of a better expression), which was The Bad Disciple reworking of “This Rising Sun”. Both songs have been available from all good digital outlets for some months (no physical release as yet but it’s on our “to-do” list). Watch out for more Bad Disciple collaborations.

Work on the second album has continued piecemeal and slow but steady progress is being made. We are aiming to release an EP in the interim, with which we intend to follow a similar format to “Trust”.

Hope you all enjoy the home stretch of 2017.

Love from Alec, Emma and Charles.

Day of the Goths – 08/07/17, Wharf Chambers, Leeds

A very happy summer solstice to everybody, hope you’re all having a great summer and enjoying the weather. We are busy preparing for our next live appearance at “Day of the Goths” – an all dayer, which is a fundraiser for this year’s Goth City Festival. The event also features some fantastic bands, namely Zeitgeist Zero, Quasimodo, The Lost Souls, Jan Doyle Band and The Black Riders Cult as well as DJ’s to follow well into the night. Door price is £10 and doors open at 5pm. We’re really looking forward to returning to this cracking venue. It’s currently the only date we have in our calendar so if you want to catch us any time soon, we’ll see you there 😉

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Spring 2017 gig updates!

Following on from our previous announcement of our spring/summer gig programme, we are saddened to announce that the Gene Loves Jezebel tour has been cancelled. Therefore, our York appearance is not happening unfortunately. Hopefully we can re-arrange something at The Fulford for a later date since we were looking forward to playing there.

However, we will still be playing on Thursday 27th April a bit closer to home at The Packhorse, Leeds. We have been kindly invited to headline Goth City’s “Black Mass Against The Cuts III” event. Also on the bill are Viet-Bong, Jan Doyle Band and DWB13X which will make for a fun and varied bill. Entry is £5 and as is usually the case for Goth City events, all proceeds go to PAFRAS, which is a cause we fully endorse.

The 29th April gig at The Underground, Bradford still stands and we will be bringing you a full headlining set, containing some of our new material as well as old favourites from the album. Support comes from Bradford newcomers Crawlform. DJ Mark (Songs of Preys) will be finishing off the evening with a goth/alternative set until the small hours. Entry for this one is FREE and the venue is open late, so get down for a bank holiday weekend party with us.

Regarding the 8th July gig at Wharf Chambers in Leeds, we can now confirm that the event will be Goth City’s “Day Of The Goths”. This is an all day event, which is a fundraiser for this year’s Goth City Festival. We were honoured to appear at last year’s festival as well as enjoy many of the other bands and bills. It’s a cracking line-up, which also features scene favourites Zeitgeist Zero, Quasimodo, The Lost Souls, Jan Doyle Band and The Black Riders Cult as well as DJ’s to follow well into the night. Door price is £10 and doors open at 5pm. We are really looking forward to this and are hoping to have something brand new to release on this date. More news on that later.

Details of these and all other dates can be seen on our gig list so please do keep checking back.

2017 and the next chapter

2016 has been another good year for us, which saw us playing a fair few gigs and finally completing and releasing our first album. Goth City Festival on 26th November will be our final live appearance of 2016 and presently there is nothing in the calendar looking forward. This has not been completely by design but we are welcoming a period where commitments are kept to a minimum, in order for us to progress with writing and recording our next batch of material.

“Time and Tide” essentially comprised all of the material which was written from the band’s beginnings up until its recording (2012-2015) and whilst we’re very proud of it, we’re keen to progress and move onto the next chapter. We already have three new songs in the works, two of which we’ve introduced into our live set in the last couple of months.

Our plan is to release an EP in the first half of 2017 which will loosely follow the same format as “Trust”, featuring a brand new single, a remix/alternate version of an existing song or two and something else. This will coincide with a period of writing and working towards a second album, the release date of which is very much unknown. It is very early days but the album has the working title of “The Perfect Storm”.

Of course, we’re not intending on calling time on all live activities in 2017 and as always, we’re open to any opportunities. So if you would like us to come and play then please do feel free to get in touch.

Time and Tide – complete!

“Time and Tide”, our debut album is finally finished. We received the CDs earlier this week and although our official release date is 1st October, we’ve started selling them in passing. Also, it is available for download and streaming from Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and a whole host of other online outlets. Prices vary between sites.

To mark it’s release, we are playing at the next Carpe Noctum night, which is held at The Library in Leeds. We’re on with two fantastic bands in the shape of The Danse Society and Berlin Black.

“Time and Tide” represents a culmination of the first three years of the band’s life, comprising all of the songs we had written and refined between our conception and the recording of the album. It contains all four songs from the Sense of Belonging EP and the track Smoke and Mirrors, which we previously released as a standalone track. However, these are all brand new recordings with each song meticulously reworked and produced by Martin Hawthorn.

We would like to thank everybody who has helped and supported us over the last 4 years. We really hope you enjoy the album and here’s to many more!

Love,

Alec, Emma and Charles.

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It’s an Elysian summer – gigs and releases 2016

Summer 2016 is shaping up to be a good one for us with a single release last week and some great gigs coming up.

As we reported a few days ago, we released a second single from the forthcoming album “Time and Tide”. “This Rising Sun” is a song which we’ve been playing live for a couple of years or so and one which has been very well received. We initially released it via Bandcamp and shortly afterwards, it was made available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and a host of other online outlets. This was shortly followed by our previous EP “Trust” being added to the same outlets. So, give us a spin on Spotify. If you like what you hear, show us some love and buy the songs. If you are a DJ who is interested in giving us some airtime, either live or on the radio, then please get in touch and we will provide you with free promo copies. This Rising Sun is an online release only until the album comes out and we have limited copies of “Trust” left on CD which will be available at the gigs whilst stocks last.

Saturday, 9th July sees us return to The Exchange, Keighley for the first time since 2013. The Exchange is a great little place, tucked away in the back streets of Keighley town centre. The team who are behind it are some of the nicest people you could hope to meet and the main guy Michael “Mouse” Watmough has been a good friend of mine for about 20 years now. He does a fantastic job. We are lucky enough to once again be playing with the fantastic The Danse Society, whom we were fortunate enough to support back in January at our last visit to Carpe Noctum. Also on the bill are the fantastic Haworth band Black Horse Fairy with their spellbinding mix of steampunk folk rock. This will be a night of great music. We’re on first so try and get there early doors. Tickets are £5, which is very much worth the price of admission for The Danse Society alone.

Saturday, 23rd July, we are introduced to great new Bradford venue called The Underground. Situated on Duke Street, the building itself has in the past been no stranger to live music. However, after being left in a severely dilapidated state for many years by the previous tenants, it was recently taken over by brothers Nigel and Matthew Booth and given a brand new lease of life and some much needed TLC. We are very much looking forward to playing and checking out the venue. We are playing with up and coming band F.A.N.S. who have been wooing a few key music industry bods over the last couple of years including 6Music’s Steve Lamacq. Their style is modern dark indie with shades of post-punk very reminiscent of Joy Division.

Saturday 30th July we return to The Fenton in Leeds. We love The Fenton as a favourite Leeds drinking destination and great small venue. The event has been put together by Goth City Promotions, whom we are very much in support of due to not only their grassroots support for bands but also their work for PAFRAS, which is a charity very much close to our hearts. Also on the bill are Leeds goth trio Quasimodo and Staffordshire’s The Glass House Museum.

Saturday, 20th August sees us back at our regular stomping ground, The Black Swan in Bradford. Also on the bill are Stoke-on-Trent gothic rockers Lupine, who are celebrating 18 years of existence this year. As is often the case at The Swan, it’s an Under The Gun night with DJ Pinkabelle playing a wide selection of goth and alternative tunes until 1am. As always, entry is free.

For up to date information on all of our gigs, please keep checking back. We’re always on the lookout, so if you would like to make a booking enquiry, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

In other news, work on the album continues in the background. It’s now at a reasonably advanced stage and all being well we should be able to get it somewhere near finished over the summer. In addition to this, the follow up release is currently being demo’d as new material continues to develop.

We hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are enjoying ours!

New single release – “This Rising Sun”

Work on the album is at a fairly advanced stage now. However, there is still some work to do. We thought it might be fun in the mean time to release a second track as a single. Since we have been playing it live “This Rising Sun” is the one people have probably asked about the most. It’s up on Bandcamp for now but it will be available on iTunes, Amazon and a plethora of other online outlets in the coming days as will our previous EP “Trust”. We very much hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Goth City Festival (26/11/16)

We are extremely pleased to announce our inclusion on the first Leeds Goth City Festival. This is a project which is being organised by Goth City Promotions whom we have played numerous gigs for around the city of Leeds. There are some fantastic acts on, spanning three weeks in November. We are on the bill for the main event on the 26th at Wharf Chambers. Stage time is still TBC but keep checking back for details.

Trust EP now available on Bandcamp

Last autumn, we aimed to release our debut album but unfortunately external circumstances dictated that this would not be possible. In fact the album still remains unfinished, although more progress has been made in the last few weeks. However, we really wanted to release something on CD at the Carpe Noctum gig on 3rd October of last year so we put this EP together.

Entitled “Trust”, it contains “The Last Time” – a song from the album, the DJ Cruel Brittania remix of Smoke and Mirrors described in our previous post, the original recording of Smoke and Mirrors from 2013 and our version of Status Quo’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men”, which has very quickly established itself as a live favourite.

The CD has been on sale from the band at gigs since October. We’ve uploaded it to Bandcamp for those who wish to download it. We hope you enjoy this little taste of the recordings to come as well as one or two special tracks and alternate mixes.

By Alec Posted in News