Monday 15th August 2011 will see The Union Choir release their debut single ‘Eleanor’ through Cottage Industries Singles Club.
Hailing mainly from the seaside town of South Shields and surrounding areas, The Union Choir was conceived when songwriter Jon had the idea of setting up a loose collective featuring likeminded musicians. People dropped in and people dropped out but eventually the ensemble evolved into a nine piece in early 2010.
The band gained a large and loyal following with a series of DIY gigs around the region, even hosting their own show in a local cinema. Early demos created a buzz amongst Music Blogs, and stylistic comparisons were drawn with the National, Elbow and Broken Records. Sonic Reverie tipped the band to be huge, going on to write, “with equal measures of majesty and desolation The Union Choir sculpt something a bit special”
An independently released single followed and the band quickly garnered Radio Airplay from Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6, XFM, Amazing Radio and Capital FM. Tom Robinson has been a frequent supporter and the DJ collaborated with the group at Newcastle Sound City last year for a live rendition of his smash hit “2-4-6-8 Motorway”
The Union Choir have just completed their first short UK tour and have shared the stage with artists such as The Phantom Band, Echo & The Bunnymen and David McAlmont.
‘Eleanor’ is three minutes of hopeful and intelligent, chamber pop. The single features three tracks and was recorded at Room3 studio in Sunderland with producer Neil Bassett of Hyde and Beast / The Golden Virgins fame.