Forming in Sydney in 2018, it hasn’t been too long since Elision was brought into the industry, but they’ve already managed to make quite the impact within their local scene. They take pride in being a collective of musicians with different tastes and styles that are working to make their own sound and make it their own – which guitarist Oliver Clark confirmed was also how the band got their name.
“I was reading something one day, and I found the word “Elision” used, so I Googled it,” he explains. “When I found out what it meant – the abstract merging of different things and, more specifically, ideas – I felt it was a great representation of what the band sought to be.”
All meeting through different means such as in school or at gigs or even online, the band grew a strong bond and were ready to get out there and make a name for themselves in the scene. They wish to do well, as many bands do what they release their music for the first time, and especially so as Australia seemingly has an “impressive” scene. “The standard that is set is just so high it’s almost daunting at first,” Oliver admits, “but everyone is also super supportive and engaged so it’s great.”
“I’m actually really excited to see how our next release goes over with the scene here.” Excitement is the best attitude!
“When I found out what it meant – the abstract merging of different things and, more specifically, ideas – I felt it was a great representation of what the band sought to be”
It can be daunting when it’s something new and different so to have support in the heavy scene is so important. Oliver said some local bands have played a role in influencing their sound. “Above, Below is definitely one.”
“They’re not only an incredible band – in all facets – but also just a great, talented group of people.” But it’s not just the local scene that have influenced the band: “I’d say our main influences for our next releases are bands like Loathe and Humanity’s Last Breath.”
It was the band’s debut single ‘Distorted’ that brought them to Australia’s – and the world’s – attention, and out of an EP full of fantastic songs, it could be mistaken that choosing one specific track to make the first impression was the hardest decision for Elision to make. Vocalist Lachlan Boundy instead dismissed this assumption, saying it was a “simple” thought process to choose ‘Distorted’.
“We all thought it would be a great way to introduce us into the heavy scene as it shows the band’s variation in sound, from technical riffs to heavy breakdowns and ambient cleans.”
Sometime later, and the band came back to release ‘Human Vessel’, a song that focuses in depth on the philosophical wondering and the deception of reality. According to Oliver, ‘Human Vessel’ is the band’s “in between” track.
“The thing I enjoy the most about playing live is how it washes away all my anxiety and fills up everyone in the room with positive energy.”
“’Human Vessel’ marks a transition for us in a lot of ways,” he says. “It is the sort of ‘in between’ that will hopefully connect our old sound with the new sound that will be established in our next release.”
Speaking about the themes of the single, Oliver showed that the band had some deep thoughts when it came to discussing deception in life: “Lyrically it serves a similar purpose. It focuses on something that will be the main focus of our next release and that is deception.”
“This is the main focus of our next release, it’s a lot more political and explicit in the way it centres around just how far we’ve strayed from what makes us human.”
Outside of the studio, Elision have made a name for themselves with their live shows. They enjoy touring and travelling, and Lachlan feels a personal change when he hits the stage with the others. “The thing I enjoy the most about playing live is how it washes away all my anxiety and fills up everyone in the room with positive energy.”
It’s also all about the fans: “It is also really motivating and gratifying when people come to the merch table to tell us they loved our set, or how excited they were to see us.”
As 2019 comes to its natural end, there’s one question that must be answered, for the sake of all fans in the world: what is Elision planning for 2020?
“We are hard at work in the studio right now,” confirms Oliver. “We will have new music out early next year, for sure, and we’re all very confident this will be by far our best release.”
From studio recording to live performing, it seems that there’s no stopping the group from achieving their dreams and reaching their goals. From the sunny shores of Sydney to all around the planet, Elision are not slowing down – confirmed!