January 2012 – present
Since I was a teenager, I have been a fan of the goth rock of the 80’s and early 90’s and a lot of the music I have created and played over the years has been influenced by that sound. However, it wasn’t until recent years that I had become aware of the more contemporary bands on the scene and how very much still alive it was. After watching a gig in late 2011 with some great bands on the bill, I decided that I’d like to form a new band of my own along with bassist Emma Hedley who had been playing for Leeds bands Action Directe and Quasimodo.
We recruited some other musicians and the project commenced in January 2012. Initially, it was a 5-piece consisting of Paul Brannan (vocals), Paul Stefan-Gill (guitar) and Phil Holroyd (drums) as well as myself and Emma on guitar and bass respectively. We’d decided on the name The Wraith and got cracking.
Initially, it was all very new and exciting and we quickly got a small handful of songs together. However, there was a major clash in personalities and the situation very quickly descended into madness. This resulted in Paul Brannan leaving in the March, shortly followed by Paul Stefan-Gill. The two Pauls later worked together briefly under the moniker The Wraith Within but aside from some snippets of demos posted online, the project disappeared into obscurity. Paul Brannan later launched his own page with some more complete versions.
The remaining 3 of us regrouped and gave the band a reboot with myself taking up vocal duties. In an effort to distance ourselves from the stresses of the preceding period, we decided to give the band the new name Dawn of Elysium.
Over the next 6 months, we created a short set of songs in time to play at a friend’s birthday party.
Just after this gig, we were joined by ex-Legion keyboard player Charles Shelley.
We continued for the next 3-4 months, playing a couple of gigs and recording an EP called Sense of Belonging. 2013 looked set to be a good year for the 4 of us. However, in the February, Phil decided to leave the band due to external commitments.
In the weeks leading up to our first gig of 2013, we took the decision to continue without live drums as a 3-piece.
Since then, we have been developing our sound and playing gigs in West Yorkshire and beyond.
See the website for more information.