Interview: Eliza and the Bear

Eliza and the BearThe curiously named London based quintet that is Eliza and the Bear got in touch recently to promote their new song “It Gets Cold”, current UK tour and the fact that they recently appeared playing in the background of an Eastenders episode. Bright lights, eh?

After hearing lots of the good stuff by the chaps, we were all ears when it came to learning their views, inspirations and interests. DrunkenWerewolf’s Jay Dee meets up with front man James Kellegher to chat about the British music scene, playing the Great Escape and Issue 14 front cover stars Bombay Bicycle Club. Read the results below!

Eliza and the Bear is the title of a collection of poems by Eleanor Rees, what significance does she have for you?

The first few songs that we had written had very similar themes as Eleanor Rees' poems. We dropped her an email and asked if we could use the name and she said yes!

The Guardian newspaper has described you as making ‘euphoric folk pop’, do you see your music any differently?

I think that is a great description, as long as people smile when they hear us.


What cherished albums have inspired your sound?

The new Bombay Bicycle Club album has been on repeat since it was released last week. I think that album is golden. We all have differing influences so I find that helps with the writing process

Has your taste in music changed over the years?

As a kid I used to love bands like slip knot so my taste has definitely changed quite a bit. I still think it changes year on year.

How do you feel about the current state of the British music industry generally?

Feels like its in a good place at the moment recent #1 albums for 1975 and Bombay Bicycle Club show that British music is still getting attention.

Your videos are all very stylishly put together, how involved do you get with the whole process?

We normally have a very basic idea in our heads that we then pass on to directors, they then improve on that idea.

Congratulations on your co-headline show at St Stephens Church in London, do you have any pre-match nerves?

I always seem to get really sleepy before playing shows, which is pretty annoying when you are trying to get pumped up but you're yawning every 5 seconds!

You’ve got a busy few months ahead of you touring, is there anywhere in particular you’re especially looking forward to playing?

London will be special. I'm also looking forward to Brighton, The Great Escape was a highlight for us last year

Is song writing something that comes naturally, or do you have to work at it?

We now have a default process that seems to work for us right now, we try not to force anything when writing.

What bands should we be listening to right now? 

Bombay Bicycle Club and James Vincent McMorrow

Eliza and the Bear are primed and ready to perform at the Communion Music New Faces Tour, while their lovely new single "It Gets Cold" is available on iTunes right now.


One Response to “Interview: Eliza and the Bear”

  1. Jenn 04/03/2015 at 3:26 am #

    If you’re a fan of Eliza and the Bear, definitely give the new EP from COIN a listen –

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