Martin Dukelow (Eliza and the Bear)
Following a run of dates with Twin Atlantic earlier this year including a 10,000 capacity sold out show at Glasgow's SSE Hydro, Brixton Academy and Manchester Albert Hall, Eliza and the Bear have announced their own UK headline tour for January and February 2016. Already establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with live, the band will kick off the tour at Colchester’s Art Centre on January 19th. Edition Online caught up with guitarist Martin Dukelow.
You released several singles in 2015 most recently, 'It Gets Cold', which received lots of radio play. Is it still exciting to hear your songs being played?
I personally turn it down when it gets played because i get really nervous for some reason. I almost feel like were going to make a mistake or something! At the same time there is a big excitement that our music is getting the platform to be listened to by lots of people.
You played some incredible shows in 2015, any special highlights?
It would have to be our KoKo show in London. The London shows are always special to us due to the fact that were all based here and all our family/friends come. This show was our biggest headline show to date and it really did not disappoint.
You start 2016 with a huge UK headline tour including a show at the Waterfront. Will this be your first time in Norwich?
It will not be our first time actually. We played the Waterfront last time we were in Norwich supporting AWOLNATION. I remember it being a really hot day and we walked along a river to get some lovely food. Looking forward to coming back!
What can we expect from the show?
We're going to be playing some songs from the album that people won't have heard yet, which is exciting for us. Other than that it will be us playing songs and enjoying ourselves like usual!
2016 will see you release of your debut album. Are you excited or nervous for the release?
Bit of both really. Naturally there are some nerves about how it will be received, but at the same time we are all really excited to get the material out to people. We feel like its been a long time coming.
What made you decide to record the album in Nashville? Are you big country music fans?
The producer that we ended up selecting was a guy called Jacquire King who had recorded a lot of bands that we were big fans of. He works out of a studio called Black Bird, which is located in Nashville. It made sense to travel to him and lose all the home distractions. Im personally not a massive country fan but we did manage to catch the Country Music Awards while we was out there, which actually was a lot of fun.
What music inspired you while you were writing the album?
Its hard to sum up because we wrote this album over three years. We feel like we progressed as writers and musicians during this time but the one thing that didn't change was just being honest and writing music that you enjoy playing.
Aside from the album, what other plans do you have for 2016?
Were heading out on tour during Jan/Feb. We've got more shows booked and ready to be announced including some festivals during the summer.
January 19th - Colchester - Arts Centre
January 20th - Cambridge - Portland Arms
January 21st - Norwich - Waterfront
January 22nd - Northampton - Roadmenders
January 23rd - St Albans - The Horn
January 25th - Guilford - Boileroom
January 26th - Tunbridge Wells - Forum
January 28th - Southampton - Joiners
January 29th - Bath - Moles
January 30th - Oxford - The Bullingdon
February 1st - Falmouth - Mono
February 2nd - Exeter - Cavern
February 3rd - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach
February 4th - Gloucester - Guildhall
February 5th - Stoke - Sugarmill
February 6th - Chester - The Live Rooms
February 8th - Nottingham - Bodega
February 9th - Liverpool - EVAC Loft
February 10th - Aberdeen - Lemon Tree
February 11th - Edinburgh - Electric Circus
February 12th - Stockton - The Georgian Theatre
February 13th - Hull - Fruit
February 15th - York - Duchess
February 16th - Sheffield - Plug
February 18th - Leicester - Scholar Bar
February 19th - Banbury - Also Known As