Debut Album out now!
Eliza and the Bear’s first full length album is out today (Friday 8th April 2016) on Capitol Records. The self titled album features their popular track ‘Friends’ which has received a weighty amount air time on BBC’s Radio One and Radio X in the UK. The band will be signing copies of their brand new self-titled debut album in selected HMV and Fopp stores across the UK.
Their first album has been 5 years in the making and during that time; Eliza and the Bear have gone from strength to strength with personal highlights including support performances with Paramore and Twin Atlantic, a slot at Reading and Leeds festival in 2015 and just last week the Eliza and the Bear guys made their debut appearance on BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge.
We first met up with bass player Chris Brand and lead vocalist/guitarist James Kellegher when they made the trip to Ashdown HQ to check out some new gear earlier this year. Blown away by the sound, Chris was quick to become the proud owner of an Ashdown ABM EVO IV 600 RC Head and RM-610T Cab – a head and cab combination proving to be hugely popular with Ashdown. Stunned with the sound and rock-solid reliability; Chris, his tech and band mates all agree: “this is the best we have heard from Chris’ bass sound”.
We made the short trip in to London to see Chris and his Bear brothers at the Islington Assembly Hall, last night (Thursday 7th April) - #spothtevu. Support acts Rocky NTI and Model Aeroplanes warmed up the crowd nicely and even made a point of telling us just how much they loved Chris’ new Ashdown sound… *business cards exchanged*.
We stood with the 800-person crowd as Eliza and the Bear ripped into their set. Spirits were high with the anticipation of the release of their album occurring the very next day. The boys even tested their new song ‘Kids in Love’, which was written for the movie ‘Kids in Love’ which is out later this year. The song doesn’t feature on their debut album, but suspicions tell us they may have found their first track of their second album. Crowd energy levels hit maximum when the band played album track anthems ‘It gets Cold’ and ‘Friends’.