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
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)
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.
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.
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!
Written and performed by Dawn of Elysium
Video footage filmed and edited by Martin Aylward of Slim Chance Productions at the launch night of our Raven album, Carpe Noctum, 2nd February, 2019.
Audio recorded and produced by Alec Marlow at Idle Hands Studio.