EP: Lesson Learnt
Release Date: 17 March 2017
Hailing from Berkshire, the alternative rock quintet Elasea delivered their debut EP “Where I Belong” in 2015. After the debut release, the band reshaped their line-up and added keyboard and synths to a potent sound with originality.
Now Elasea are braced to strike out, and released their long-awaited second EP “Lesson Learnt“ this month. It greatly surpasses expectations with a pack of layered vocals, colossal riffs and chic arrangements. “Lesson Learnt” is most definitely the one you need to check out. I expect that they keep growing and continue to progress.
Just before Elasea released the EP “Lesson Learnt”, we had a chance to interview the band as they kindly took some time out of their busy schedule for us. Here it is;
Hello, Elasea! Very excited to talk to you today! First of all, could you introduce yourselves?
So you’re talking to Ash (drums) & Liv (bass).
Who are your influences? Does everyone listen to similar music or musicians?
Ash: Although we all seem to have similar backgrounds and influences in music, each of us have unique influences of our own for sure, a range from classical to hip-hop to bubblegum pop, the playlists can get pretty interesting on tour! The most important thing I think though, is that we seek music that evokes an emotion within you, that can make the soul sing, etc. I think that is the biggest influence for all of us.
That’s awesome! Could you tell us how you all met up and became a band?
Ash: The band started with Liv and Calum back when they were at school, sort of like how most people start out playing rock music I guess. Calum met Andy when they were in sixth form and eventually drafted him in as they were looking for a vocalist. Fast forward a few years, my brother Braydie and I had known Liv, Calum, and Andy socially. I was asked to give the open position of drummer a shot, which in turn led to Braydie completing the line-up after he started adding keys and synth to our music.
Oh~ great! How did you decide on Elasea as your band name?
Liv: We used to have another name ‘Highly Personal’ which we all kind of grew out of, we then played a local battle of the bands where the judges didn’t think the band name represented the music which we totally understood. We spent a few hours brainstorming ideas in Calum’s bedroom and we just made up the word!
Well done! Elasea sounds more original! How do you normally go about writing your songs?
Liv: It starts with me having an idea, getting as much done on it as possible then passing it over to the boys to sprinkle the goods onto! We try to write all together but I think we’re best in small groups, five people shouting out ideas gets a bit overwhelming!
That’s understandable. You have just released the single “Breathe // Lesson Learnt”. Could you tell us about this song?
Ash: This song was one of the first we worked on once I had joined the band. The song talks about the idea that no matter our shortcomings or trials, even something that’s initially perceived to be a failure can always be a lesson we can learn something from.
I see. I like that. This song is included in your EP “Lesson Learnt”. How would you describe this EP?
Ash: I would describe this EP as having contrasting dynamics throughout while having a flow that keeps the sound consistent, with a climax at the end of the record. I think the keys and synth have given us a sonic gel that really works as a floor for the sound to build upon. Plus it’s mega fun to play live, so that’s always a treat.
Nice. Your EP is going to be released very soon! How are you feeling about it right now?
Liv: Excited! It feels like we’ve been working on this EP for well over a year now, we’re all extremely proud of every track so I’m excited to see what everyone’s favourite is.
I’m excited too! Are you planning to do a special EP launch show?
Liv: Yes! At the one & only Basingstoke Sanctuary Friday March 17th, loads of other bands on the bill too so it’s going to be a crack!
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Liv: Thank you sooooo much, may the force be with you!
Thank you for your time. Good luck!
For fans of: Bring Me The Horizon, You Me At Six, Biffy Clyro
Andy Bradford – Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Liv Jones – Bass and Vocals
Calum Radmore – Lead Guitar
Ashley Haskell – Drums
Braydie Haskell – Keys, Synth and Samples
*Photo by Parker video/photo
To find out more about Elasea, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: www.elasea.com