Having stood out in 2013 as a promising new London-based indie rock band, Eliza and the Bear are back in 2014 with a new single on the back of their tour with Paramore and Imagine Dragons, their sell-out gig at Highbury Garage and thier knock-out single ‘It Gets Cold’. Whilst the name suggests a female counterpart, it may come as a surprise that Eliza and the Bear are in fact a close-knit group of male friends (unless you guessed from the photograph) and that the name was actually taken from the title of Eleanor Rees’ collection of poems.
Whilst ‘Brother’s Boat’ speaks lyrics of loss and mortality, the track’s uplifting musical flourishes offers a delicious contrast to the more subdued underlying meaning. In the words of lead singer James Kellegher: “Brother’s Boat is about growing old too quickly, and feeling that your body and life are getting away from you.” Beginning with a gentle thumping drum, the track soon gives way to electrifying horns building to a climatic final – it’s a summer festival anthem in the making.
Having already firmly established themselves as a live favourite with their energetic and exuberant sets, it will come as joy for fans to hear that they have a set of live dates lined up for May, including one in London. So, Eliza and the Bear will be sure to continue their reputation as one of the most captivating live acts on the circuit. But for now you can listen to them on Soundcloud.
Words: Brooke McCord