Nottingham’s Eyre Llew have released their stunning debut album ‘Atelo’
In around April 2015, I received a message through The Great Escape Delegate portal from a band from Nottingham called Eyre Llew inviting me along to their set. They said they were influenced by bands such as Sigur Ros & Bon Iver so I was instantly interested. I had a listen to the music they had sent me and I loved it. The live show at The Great Escape was my highlight of the festival that year.
Fast forward a year and a half and the 3 piece have released their debut album. I don’t do reviews but this album deserves a good mention on this blog. Yeah, they definitely are influenced by Sigur Ros & Bon Iver but there is also elements of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross and a few of the song on ‘Atelo’ would not be out of place on one of their film scores.
We caught up with Eyre Llew to talk about the album, influences and future plans:
A&A – For those who don’t know Eyre Llew, tell us a bit about the band?
Eyre Llew – We’re a three piece band from Nottingham that writes ambient rock. We’ve just released our debut album ‘Atelo’ on the 19th October which took us two and a half years to record. We’ve toured the UK, South Korea and are about to embark on a European tour and we have many dates and tours in the pipeline for the UK, Europe and Asia for 2018.
A&A – Your debut album ‘Atelo’ is out now. It has been 2 years in the making. How does it feel to now have it out there?
EL – It’s really overwhelming, to be honest. As you mentioned its been over two years in the making and having spent so long on it we kind of forgot that people would eventually hear it. Now they can and their reaction has been incredible, we honestly thought it was something only us and a small group of people would like but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It’s a very exciting time.
A&A – What are the influences behind the album?
EL – We could name a list of musical influences as long as your arm, namely Sigur Ros, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Caspian, Bon Iver and The National. There are many more but if you like any of these you’re probably more likely to get something out of our music too.
A&A – The songs are all pretty epic. What is the songwriting and recording process?
EL – he writing process can start in many different ways but chiefly it all starts with someone coming in with a chord progression or a melody or even an effect on the guitar and then we just jam out the idea until something starts to take shape. But honestly, the only thing we think when we’re writing is “does this piece of music make us feel something”. The songs on ‘Atelo’ all passed that test for us and that’s how we made the album.
A&A – You are playing a massive album launch show at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. How excited are you about this?
EL – The album launch is a really big deal for us, we’ve never played a headline show in our own hometown and this will be a chance for us to do something really special. Its the culmination of years of work and it all comes down to one evening, I guess when we think about it like that its a bit daunting.
A&A – You recently toured in South Korea. How did this come about and how were the shows?
EL – Touring South Korea was surreal, its one of those things you assume you’ll only ever do in years (if at all) so when we were asked to go it was a no-brainer. The shows were fantastic and the people we amazing, its such a lovely, friendly place filled with people who genuinely get excited by live music. We’re hoping to go back someday soon.
A&A – Do you have tour plans for the rest of the UK?
EL – We’re currently booking shows for the UK and will hopefully be touring sometime early next year.
A&A – What are the plans for the rest of 2017 & 2018?
We’ll be touring Europe for four weeks from November to December then finalising plans for the UK tour early-mid 2017 then hopefully more stuff in Europe and Asia, all with a few festivals thrown in there too.
You can buy the album on vinyl or CD, as well as get your hands on a load more merch on Eyre Llew’s website —> www.eyrellew.com