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Biography

The first the world heard of We the Elusive was with the digital release of their debut album Albeit Transitory in February of 2015, accompanied by the music video to The World Until Yesterday.

We the Elusive make soulful, gritty, blues and rock and roll music.

For We the Elusive, the album came first, followed by the band. Lyricist, composer and producer Jaap Badlands spent three years creating the songs and image that would come to form the album Albeit Transitory, with the help of some very talented friends.

The Black Baron, also known as Rough Diamond, was the first to enter the scene. To convey the songs properly, Jaap needed the right voice and he was fortunate enough to find it in one of his best friends. The Baron didn’t know he was a singer but late night revelry always brings out the song in the Maori folk. It was no different for this New Zealand native. It was out on the drinking fields of Melbourne, to the sound of classic hits of the 80’s and 90’s, that the seed was planted.

 

Soon after, Badlands introduced the Black Baron to some songs he was developing, asking him to sing them and was stunned by what he heard. The unassuming small-town boy possessed a voice that could command gods. His singing both charming and masculine. He croons like a man should, but when he flicks that switch and takes his voice up – he soars and you get weak knees. His accomplice, whom is known to some as Moonshadow, soon joined to compliment the Baron with her beautifully rich, velvety and sultry Mezzo Soprano.

Good music needs tough bass lines and Julian Lewis wields the bass axe like a man not afraid to make himself known. Rock and roll is notorious for treating the bass second class. Not here. Having previously worked together on Filthy Earth Creatures, Badlands knew who he wanted for this project. The trouble was getting him. Relatively late to the project, Lewis migrated to Australia several years after production began, before starting work on the bass lines for the record. Pianos for Albeit Transitory were performed by classical connoisseur Sarah Wierzbicka, who contributed amongst a heavy workload at Melbourne university, studying towards her Masters in Music.

Badlands took the duty on drums and guitars for the production of Albeit Transitory, along with harmonica and piano arrangements and a bit of backing vocals. For live performances he assumes a seat at the drums to make way for two talented guitarists in Chloe Lewis and the Freight Train Kevin Wood.

The release of the album marked 3 years of production, and that’s how long it was before anyone that didn’t need to, had heard it. It was released on Badlands’ own Deadly Syntax label and timed to coincide with the formation of the hard-hitting live act. We the Elusive are now taking their songs to stages throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Contact Jaap for press and bookings and general enquiries.

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