How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
The name took some considerable thought. We knew we wanted “Brother” in there somewhere, because we felt like that conveyed a little bit about us as a partnership. The name Eli sprung up from a few different places, there are some biblical references to Eli in the old testament, and also a particularly interesting character in the Cohen brothers’ film “There Will Be Blood”
How would you describe your music?
Everyone in the band brings their own influences to the ‘sound’ of LBE – from serious blues guitar to backbone hip-hop influenced drums. With regards to the songs, Alex and I (Josh) bring in our own personal influences. Alex learnt a lot about melody from listening to my Dad’s ELO records, so Jeff Lynne is a huge influence on me. I brings a great deal of his funk and soul background to the music, so it’s artists like Stevie Wonder and Larry Graham from him. I think you can hear our mutual fondness of Jack White and The Black Keys as well.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
Well we’ve been very active recently. In the run up to our EP release we played at some great venues such as Notting Hill Arts Club and the prestigious Ronnie Scotts. Since our release we’ve been getting a fair amount of internet press coverage and we’ve got some cool venues lined up for the coming month such as The Blues Kitchen (Camden).
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Definitely Jack White! He’s a major influence on our music in general and he’s also the guy we’d want to produce our album (in an ideal world haha).
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Oooo that really is a difficult question. Me and Alex would agree on Consoler Of The Lonely by The Raconteurs. I think mostly because we don’t get bored of that album, it has so many colours and it’s beautifully recorded and produced. A real master piece!