Joel Fitz Music Video

Elstow new Music Video featuring Joel Fitzgerald and Chrystal Dawn

Elstow Band
If your following our social media links you may have seen the teaser video we posted for Elstow’s hot new single
Who?
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.
What’s the great news?
This talented band have just released a new single for the upcoming album, on which Joel Fitz and Chrystal Dawn collaborated with, basically Jared did the work we just supplied some video footage which he artfully used to create what we think is an epic music video and even more amazing track.
Joel Fitz Music Video
Chrystal caught up with Jared Shaw- Elstow’s co-founder and here is what he had to say…
How long have Elstow have been together as a band?
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.
And How did you get your name Elstow?

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 🙂

Can you please tell us a bit about your new Album that you have been working on?
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.
And this particular Track ‘For So Long’ how did that come about?
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.
We love your music, it has a very ethereal quality to it and we think surfy vibe, curious are you a surfer?
Jared:
Yes, my parents owned a beach house down near Bells Beach so I learned on our summer holidays way back when
What is your favorite type of board?
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!
Favorite phrase or life motto?
Jared: Let the water do the work.

 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

*top photo of Elstow, interview by Chrystal Dawn for JFS

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Chrystal Dawn in NALU Magazine

Our own lady of the lens and team rider Chrystal Dawn is featured in the latest volume of Nalu Magazine.  Nalu is well established and reputable Japanese longboarding magazine. Dawn is featured in vol. 104 with her JFS quiver accompanying an interview by Hiromi Shibasaki, about Chrystal’s passion driven life.

Photos of Chrystal surfing are by Joel Fitzgerald, and JFS is excited to share this news and congratulate Chrystal on not only being featured as a surfer, but also as a photographer with 21 of her photos printed in the magazine in articles including a feature about the Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017.

Check out Nalu online and comment for questions on Dawn’s quiver, or head over to her website for more on women’s surfing, yoga and natural health.

 

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Liquid Salt

Joel Fitz was recently interviewed by passionate surfer, writer, and visionary Glenn Sakamoto, for his epic online magazine Liquid Salt. For those of you new to this stoked filled community:  ‘Liquid Salt is an online-only magazine that celebrates the culture of surfing. We highlight and give voice to surfers, photographers, shapers, writ­ers, painters, film­mak­ers, and eco-warriors  — the creative individuals who keep surfing vibrant and alive.” (Glenn Sakamoto).

Since its initial beginnings, 4 years ago,  Liquid Salt (LS) has continued to grow into a hub for our collective and creative surfing culture attracting over 28,000 supporters.  With its exponential growth,  LS wanted to continue bringing great content to a community of ocean goers with a more functional approach, this required a new website. For the past few months, LS has been upgrading the site and adding new video features, made possible by their Kickstarter campaign.

This month is the first edition of Liquid Salt’s new site and format, featuring a great new look and epic videos.  We are grateful and honored to be featured in the premier edition of LS V2  alongside some amazing humans whom we respect very much. The edition includes Australian legend Wayne Lynch, ‘Slow is Fast’ Dan Malloy, and surfer/shaper Josh Hall just to name a few. To find out what’s inspiring Joel Fitz right now, who he thinks is shaping epic boards, see some of Chrystal Dawn’s photos, and get more great insights check out LS.  Again we are grateful for this opportunity and forward to hearing your responses and to the new sensations of Liquid Salt and the team there.

Cheers!

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Long Weekend Points

Welcome back from the double dose of long weekends and some pretty fun swell. Besides being in the bay and shaping up new single fin crafts, Joel Fitz and Chrystal enjoyed the festivities in the sea.  Here is a sweet look at what we got up to.

Aloha

Chrystal Dawn

Wave by Chrystal Fitzgerald Wave by Chrystal Fitzgerald Waves by Chrystla Fitzgerald JF 7'10 Midnight Lightning photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald goose over water photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Joel Fitz setting up photo by Chrystal Fitzgerld JF grab rail photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF grab rail2 photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Sets by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF dropping in photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF setting up photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF top turn photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF bottom turn photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF bottom turn2 photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF taking the high line photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF paddling back out photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Birds in Migration photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Joel Fizt photo by Chrystal JF Turning back in Photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Chrystal Fizt and the 7'7 photo by Joel Fitzgerald Chrystal Fizt and the 7'7 photo by Joel FitzgeraldChrystal Fizt and the 7'7 photo by Joel Fitzgerald Open Lineup photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald

*Photos copyrighted by Chrystal Dawn and Joel Fitzgerald, Chrystal wears the Seea San O’ suit and rides 7’7 Single Fin, Joel wears Patagonia and Tiki and rides 7’10 Midnight Lightning all boards pictured are available for custom order.