The Elison story should start with a fulfilled desire to play the saxophone at school, but instead starts with a short-lived stint as the chief and only bassoon player in the school orchestra. This led to a lengthy hiatus from music until school was left behind once and for all, although the faintly happy memories of a few lead singing parts in disappointing school shows had a career as a bed and bath crooner almost all but guaranteed. The necessary four guitar chords were learnt and the singing began. The lack of any real talent at this point meant it should have remained a private past time, but the surprising volume put out by this once bass blowing chest caught the attention of a few distant neighbours and their anger suggested at least one thing. The voice was strong.
After a few years a four track recorder was bought and some songs were written and some were even good. Good enough it seems to attract the attention of a student record label run out of South Birmingham College called Incubator Records and Elison was born. 2004 saw an EP released and 2005 saw two albums, bought by a handful of people. A lack of promotion due somewhat to a lack of live performances meant some on stage experience was needed and in 2005, Elison found himself playing lead guitar in the Indie band 'Sideways Glance' and doing the bass and vocals in the band 'Hoodoo Fifites'. A lot of writing and recording led to an employment opportunity as a producer for the folk band 'Mr Bones and the Dreamers' and later the invitation to join the band as bassist and backing singer. During this time both 'Sideways Glance' and 'Mr Bones' were signed and in fact Sideways Glance and Elison are still playing together today. This gave the necessary experience in the ways of live music for Elison to take to the stage to promote the first album for many years, 2014's 'A Familiar View'. Some fifteen years on from strumming away to baffled neighbours and people finally had the chance to pay for such treatment.
From the first Elison gig it was known that a band would need to be formed to really tour the material and so the live shows for the next album, 2015's 'A Week Of Aborted Bike Rides And Broken Pac-Man', featured Oli Brown on the piano and after a few shows, Rob Newbury was brought in on drums. The sound was getting close, just the lack of a bottom end meant that finally Tom Coppins joined up to play the bass. This line-up gigged around Birmingham for the whole of 2016 and the guys did a fantastic job of re-arranging the songs to work live.
Here are the most recent Elison releases with the most recent first. Please click on the cover for more information and the buying or listening options.
!! NEW RELEASE !! 21ST CENTURY POLITICS (2020)
PIGS IN BLANKETS (2019)
JAMMY DODGERS (THE BREXIT SONG) (2019)
INFINITE ELISON (2018)
CIGARS & JAM JARS (2017)
A WEEK OF ABORTED BIKE RIDES AND BROKEN PAC-MAN (2015)
A FAMILIAR VIEW (2014)
Pigs In Blankets (2019)
You Ain't Seen The Best Of Me (Infinite Elison) 2018
Cigars & Jam Jars (Infinite Elison) 2017
Infinity (Infinite Elison) 2017
Punchin' (Infinite Elison) 2017
Stop Wasting Time [live] (A Week Of Aborted Bike Rides And Broken Pac-Man) 2016
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover) 2016
Repeating (A Week Of Aborted Bike Rides And Broken Pac-Man) 2015
Feel Something (A Week Of Aborted Bike Rides And Broken Pac-Man) 2015
A Familiar View [live] (A Familiar View) 2014
I'm Building [live] (A Familiar View) 2013