Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Eight questions with Little Brother Eli


1. Who are Little Brother Eli and where did the name come from? (a short introduction)

Little Brother Eli was formed in 2013 by lead vocalist Alex Grew & bass player Josh Rigal. The pair were joined by guitarist Adam Stowe and drummer Benji Page who began sharing their eclectic mix of musical influences along with lap steel slide guitar specialist Tom Williams. They create their own blend of bluesy garage rock by combining powerful, soulful vocals with growling guitars and bring the sound together with an infectious, rock solid hip-hop back beat. The name refers to a character in the 2008 movie 'There Will Be Blood'.

2. When did you form, and what have the highlights been for the band since then?

2016 has been a great year for us so far with lots of exciting gigs. Playing Common People was awesome but the highlight for me was packing out The Bullingdon in Oxford for our album launch party in June. It was so much fun and great to see all that support from the guys in our home city.

3. We love your recent debut album ‘Cold Tales’, when was it recorded, and where? If there is an interesting story behind how you and any producers & session plays met and started playing together, please do share!

Thanks! I quite like it too! It was recorded last year in London at The Animal Farm. We work with them as our management so we already had a close relationship with everybody involved which makes things a lot easier and fun! It's a great feeling to work on something you love with people that are equally as passionate as you are.

4. Who is your audience and how do you connect with your fans? Any crazy, fun, exciting stories are very welcome.

We seem to appeal to a variety of people which is pretty cool. We're very active on all the regular social media sites/apps but personally I really enjoy just chatting to people after the shows. I do have a couple of stories but none I can share I'm afraid...

5. You play a lot of Sofar Sounds shows - how do you find that the experience differs in these stripped back acoustic shows with intimate crowds to the more typical venues?

Sofar shows are always great! The audience is always so attentive and you never know what kind of venue you'll play next. We've played halls, on a boat and in someone's front room once. Seriously!

6. We can’t wait for your huge headline show upstairs at the O2 Oxford in October, especially after your superb support set for us there almost a year ago for Neverlnd (Ocelot’s gig of the year!) How are the excitement levels, and are you planning any surprises for the show?

Yeah we're all a bit excited about that too! Playing in Oxford is always fun for us but this one has a really special feel about it. There may be a surprise or two but I'm not going to spoil anything! We have been working on some new material lately. Maybe that'll get into the set..

7. What does your dream gig look like? Any bands that you’d love to play alongside?

Ooh difficult question! To be honest, any gig where people are into the music and enjoying themselves is a dream for me. Doesn't matter if it's to fifty or a thousand people, if you can connect with the audience then the rush is the same. For me anyway. Although, we haven't sold out Wembley stadium yet.. I imagine that'd feel pretty cool.

8. What does the rest of the year (and even looking towards 2017…. it’s not that far away!) hold for you guys?

Well work on album number two has already begun which I expect will keep us busy for the rest of the year. Then if all goes to plan then that will be out in 2017. In the mean time we are off on tour around Germany and Holland in September.

Little Brother Eli play O2 Academy Oxford 2 on 14th October and Bleach Brighton on 16th October - tickets for both here!

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