Elstow according to Elstow are a five-piece band from Sydney’s Inner West, founded on songwriters Jared Shaw and Chel Browne’s obsession with the melodic pop and psychedelic sounds of the sixties and seventies, as well as the alternative neo-psychedelia of the nineties.
Jared: We’ve been together since 2012. We formed as a duo to play Peats Ridge Festival, and expanded over the following year to five members before releasing our debut EP As the Sun Falls.
Jared: It’s actually the name of the house we lived in in Sydney. It was an old Victorian home from the late 1800s turned into apartments.. I’m guessing whoever came over and settled there was from Elstow, in England.
It was where the band was born and we just liked the name 🙂
Jared:After our EP and single Evil Dreams, we took a break to make a full length album together. I wrote all the songs and reworked some old demos and we got together and jammed them out and then started recording them. There’s a lot of 70s sounds in there and I found inspiration in John Wyndam’s science fiction writings as far as thematic and lyrical content. And so Planets Away has ended up a quasi-concept album. Its all tied together by cosmic imagery, but underneath it all there’s some very personal stuff, just hiding beneath the surface.
Jared:For So Long developed slowly. I had an earlier demo that sounded quite different and it was cool but it was just missing something. Toby (my brother and our lead guitarist) rewrote the bass line, and I changed the structure, and the it just transformed into what it is now. It was only going to be a 4 minute track but the outro sounded so cool I just didn’t want it to stop, so we embraced that and let it become its own fully fledged section. The song touches on the idea of immortality, but I don’t like explaining the lyrics too much – I think its cool that people can find their own meaning in it.
Jared: Yes, my parents owned a beach house down near Bells Beach so I learned on our summer holidays way back when
Jared: I ride a semi-fish mostly, but my favourite board at the moment is a very fast and loose little twin fish I got off someone down the coast recently. Its super fun – its only 4 foot 9!
To find out more about Jared and Elstow check out these links, and watch the music video below, Joel rides the Space Hawk and Chrystal the Bombora.
Music: by Elstow
Album: Planets Away (due to be released 1st Dec)
Track name: For So Long
Video: Chrystal Dawn and Joel Fitzgerald
Edit: Jared Shaw