Currently on an extensive UK tour, Eliza and the Bear have released First Aid, a track taken from their forthcoming second album – Group Therapy – due on 5 October.
“First Aid is about asking for help. When you’re down and out, It’s about who’s there at the end of it,” says frontman James Kellegher.
It’s been an up-and-down couple of years for the London-based band. Tipped for success on their emergence in 2013/14 by many corners of the music press. A sold-out UK arena tour with Paramore followed, along with main stage appearances at the Reading
& Leeds Festivals, Boardmasters, V Festival and their eponymous debut album reached The Official UK Top 40 in 2016.
The major label life then caught up with them and a parting with Universal lend them to a crossroads and a difficult time. Kellegher said: “This record was written during some tumultuous times for Eliza. After breaking from the haze of a major label whirlwind where one day you’re the man, the next they can’t remember your name, we
didn’t know if anyone still gave a shit about us or about what we had to say.
“Some people face life’s problems head on, some find a way around. I’m in the company of people who prefer to ignore it, and hope it somehow gets better. Talking, for me, was never the easy route, so I never took it. But now a conversation has been started, too many times we wake up to news of another suicide, and it’s becoming more frequent in the entertainment industry.
“Dealing with anxiety/depression/whatever your mind does to fuck up your day, shouldn’t be a solo effort. It became clear that we were all suffering in different ways, with different things. These different things, became songs, and those songs became Group Therapy. I’m hoping the album means as much to you as it does to us. Don’t suffer in silence.”
Catch Eliza and the Bear at one of the dates on their extensive UK tour which runs throughout the rest of this month. Full list and ticket details here.
Eliza and the Bear – First Aid