Meet The Band: Eliza And The Bear

‘It Gets Cold, in the night, I’m on my way, I’m on my way back home’ sings Eliza and the Bear front-man James Kellegher with a hopeful urgency on the band’s latest single. It Gets Cold.

Already a fan-favourite at the band’s jubilant live shows, It Gets Cold is a rousing demonstration of what they do best. The instantly recognisable guitar melody sets the scene before erupting into beautifully optimistic homecoming anthem.

It Gets Cold is taken from the bands forthcoming debut album, due for release on April 1 on Capitol Records. The album also includes the broody string-laden I’m On Your Side and the commanding force of Oxygen, plus fan favourites that have long been part of the band’s live set, among them Brother’s Boat, album opener Friends and Upon The North. Andy Howells recently put questions to James

How did you come together as a band?
We are all friends, all of our old bands used to play together at a local youth hall!

Where does the bands name come from?
When we first started out we had no intention of “Making it” so we just needed a name, Eliza and The Bear stood out to us when Paul found the book somewhere.

How would you describe your music?
We like to create music that is made to be enjoyed live, so its quite energetic and sing along heavy! We love a good sing along

Who are your musical inspirations?
We all differ, we come from different backgrounds and different styles of music. I believe that this makes our music what it is today, its the push and pull of punk and pop, metal and acoustic love songs.

Can you tell us about your forthcoming album?
We wanted to showcase what we can do on this album, this is our one chance to prove ourselves as more than a one trick pony. There are many tracks on the album that will surprise you. Its our lives work and we are incredibly proud of it.

Whats been your live show highlight so far?
Headlining Koko for me is the stand out point in our career, the night was perfect, I wish I could live it over again.

What can we expect from your forthcoming Cardiff Gig?
One big sweaty party with plenty of sing alongs!

What can we expect from you in the future?
Bigger shows, bigger music, bigger egos? Maybe not.

  • Catch Eliza and The Bear  live at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on February 3. Check out more information about the band on their website
  • Andy Howells is a freelance entertainment writer. a version of this Q&A was published in The Guide entertainment section of The South Wales Argus on January 15, 2015

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