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!

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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!

Seeking gigs from February 2018 onwards

We are on the lookout for gig opportunities from February 2018 onwards. 2017 has been very quiet on the live front for us and we are itching to get back out and play. If you would like to book us, have any slots we could fill or would like to assist us in finding dates then please get in touch via the website, our Facebook page or email us at dawnofelysium@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

 

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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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New single “Drown” released today!

To co-incide with our upcoming gigs and to give you a taste of what’s to come on the forthcoming album, we have decided to release “Drown” as a single. It will be available from all good digital outlets and streaming services initially but we intend on a physical release later in the summer with hopefully a couple of more tracks.

We’re having a blast putting together our next batch of songs and we hope you like what we’ve been up to!

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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.

Upcoming gigs and studio progress – spring 2017

2017 has been a little bit of a quiet year for us so far but we’ve been steadily piecing new music together in the background. We now have five new pieces in the works from this wave of material, two of which we have aired live so far. Demo sessions and writing continue.

Our intention was to curtail live activity for a while. However, every band needs to keep its hand in and not turn great offers down and so therefore, it is our pleasure to be able to announce our little programme of spring/summer dates.

Firstly, we have been kindly invited to open up for Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel for two dates of their UK tour.

“Gene Loves Jezebel (GLJ) are a British rock band formed in the early 1980s by identical twin brothers Jay Aston (born John Aston) and Michael. Gene Loves Jezebel’s best-known songs include “Heartache”, “Desire (Come and Get It)” (1986), “The Motion of Love” (1987), and “Jealous” (1990), as well as their broody dark alternative club hits “Bruises” (1983), “Influenza (Relapse)” (1984), and “The Cow” (1985). “Desire” (1985) was GLJ’s most successful single in the UK.”

Almost four decades and many line-up changes resulted in there being two versions of the band, each being fronted by one of the respective brothers, one being UK based and one US based. Michael’s version is the US based version of the band, who are over the pond for a rare UK tour.

On Thursday 27th April, we’re at The Fulford Arms in York. It’ll be our first time both at The Fulford and in York and both which have been on our “to do” list for a while.

Saturday 29th April sees us on home turf at our new favourite Bradford venue The Underground. This show will be followed by a full alternative club night until the wee small hours.

For both dates (and indeed all of the tour dates), the rather excellent Grooving in Green are also on the bill whose live shows are a sight to behold. Ticket prices vary depending on venue and watch out for more bands being added to the bill.

On 8th July, we return to Wharf Chambers in Leeds. Details for this show are yet to be announced but we can tell you that it’s going to be a fantastic event and to keep all day free for it. We will let you know more details when the event has been announced but for now, keep an eye on announcements from the team over at Goth City.

26th August sees us venturing to Manchester’s Star and Garter for the first time as special guests of London rockers Terminal Gods. This will be our first time in Manchester and we’re very much looking forward to bringing our music across the hills. More details on this show to be announced.

We’re hoping to air some of our new material at most of these dates and hope to have plenty of merchandise to peddle. We also hope to have an EP out over the summer as previously announced and work on the album continues steadily. We hope to see you at the shows. Have a great spring!

Keep an eye on our gig page for up to date news of these and any other dates.

By Alec Posted in Blog