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.

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

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.

Coming up in spring / summer 2018 …..

After a personally eventful 2017 with band activities significantly reduced, we resolved this year to change that and get back out playing. After a bit of bad luck with some events being cancelled, we only ended up playing three shows last year, two of which were for our friends at Goth City Promotions. 2018 is already telling quite a different story.

On Saturday 24th February, we played our debut in York at The Fulford Arms supporting Leeds punk legends The Expelaires. Opening proceedings was York/Leeds band Void Ship Captains, who play a very atmospheric and enjoyable mix of post-rock, shoegaze and goth. Pretty original stuff. We are very much looking forward to playing with both bands again. We had a fantastic time at the Fulford, massive thanks to Chris Sherrington for putting us on. We’re really looking forward to coming back sometime.

Our spring/summer programme of gigs kicks on on Saturday 24th March with a welcome return to The Exchange in Keighley. Haworth steampunk/folky-goth band Black Horse Fairy kindly invited us to help celebrate their album launch. Last time we played in Keighley, we played with them and hit it off rather well. They are lovely people who create some fantastic music. Opening this one are our stable mates Echofire who have a great contemporary rock sound. They are very close friends of ours and it’s lovely to be sharing a bill with them.

On Friday 30th March (Good Friday), we’re at Trash in Bradford as part of an all weekend extravaganza called “Easterfest”. It’s our first time at Trash and it looks like we’re on early doors for this one (stage times TBA) but there are some great bands on all weekend from many different genres.

On Friday 13th April, we’re back at our spiritual home of The Black Swan, Bradford for the first time since October 2016. The pub has seen a few changes in the intervening time, with it even closing down for a time but we’re pleased to see it back open again and its legacy continue. Special guests for this one will be our good buddies Shane Pain and his eponymous band who have been making waves in the area over the last few months.

Saturday 5th May sees us return to Bradford’s legendary 1in12 Club, playing as part of what’s set to be a legendary bill as Carpe Noctum returns back to the city for a homecoming special to help celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary. Carpe Noctum began at the 1in12 club some 19 years ago and has since grown from strength to strength, becoming the north’s premier goth and dark alternative night. It’s a five band bill with us
playing alongside 1919, The (Danse) Society, The Expelaires and The Lost Souls as well as the notorious club night until the wee small hours. I am getting excited about this one, just typing this out!

Saturday 16th June we’re playing as part of a very exciting 4 band bill at The Underground. The night is part of a UK tour by Inertia, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary. Also on the bill is US act Android Lustwho is over for her first shows in the UK and London dark electronic band Global Citizen.

Friday 22nd June sees us playing our first and only Leeds date of the year so far and at a venue we haven’t played before. We’re on at The Primrose with our friends The Lost Souls.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the bands and promoters we’ve been working with so far to bring this together and as always, we’re open to offers and suggestions of further gigs. Feel free to get in touch.

Details of all upcoming and past shows can be found on our Gigs page, so please keep checking back for changes.

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!

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 😉

Facebook event

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.