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England in 1819

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England in 1819 is the collaborative project of brothers Andrew and Dan Callaway. Their unique ‘grandwave’ sound uses smooth vocals and soaring french horn as ethereal counterparts to thick synths and pounding beats. The electronics give the atmosphere an underlying pulse, forming danceable grooves that drive chilled airy textures.

Born in Athens, GA where their extended family remains firmly rooted, Andrew and Dan Callaway spent their childhood in the English countryside playing in rock bands with their father Liam, who taught overseas Air Force bands (and who was himself the son of a troubadour who performed throughout the post-WWII American South). Their interests and talents led them into the world of classical music, and the family moved back to the U.S. to take advantage of more educational opportunities, with Andrew studying composition and Dan studying french horn, both at conservatories in Ohio. After a few years of travel and exposure to a withering classical scene, the brothers returned to their roots, reuniting in the South and finding new life in the energy and creativity of indie rock.

The pair formed England in 1819 in Baton Rouge, expanded into a sprawling chamber pop ensemble and quickly attracted members until at one point the band numbered nine (including an oboe player and an opera singer). After exploring more orchestral and experimental sounds and recording a pair of albums, the brothers began gravitating toward their more electronic elements and streamlined their membership until they found themselves trimmed to the original pair of fraternal nomads. Sequestered in a North Carolina cabin during the summer of 2013, the brothers wrote and recorded their third full-length, Fireball Electric Tomorrow, a 14-track album featuring smooth vocals and soaring french horn as ethereal counterparts to thick synths and pounding beats, with danceable grooves building into driving rhythmic surges. The band put the finishing touches on the full-length in a studio in Spartanburg, SC, laying vocals and french horn tracks, and releasing the album last September. The Blue Indian called the album “very delicate at times and appropriately overwhelming at others.” Ryan’s Smashing Life praises the band’s “unusual combination of Southern edge and English introspection, with haunting lyrics and…a sweeping, evocative surge of sound…ethereal atmosphere [and] captivating melodies,” and Paste Magazine notes that “the songs are almost chilling in their emotional intensity.” The band explores and deepens this emotional intensity in their music videos, most notably in their video for “Trophy Sixty-One”, which has snowballed to over 100k views.

England in 1819 will be touring throughout the fall to promote their forthcoming follow-up, digital EP Summer Lightning, out in October. Select songs from Fireball Electric Tomorrow were re-tracked and re-mixed for the Summer Lightning EP by Derek Garten (Taylor Swift, Jewel) of Prime Recording in Nashville, who partnered with the band after seeing a live performance in Nashville, and mastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio at The Place…For Mastering, also in Nashville. The first single “Pine,” featured on Fearless Radio, is representative of the Baton Rouge brothers’ love for their city, starring regional symbols of confidence and pride, the LSU Tiger Girls and the drum major and members of Southern University’s marching band. The video was shot on location out on the levee, at Louisiana State University, Southern University, and The Runnels School, where the video’s central actors attended ninth-grade drama class and where Dan Callaway formerly taught music.

They refer to their music as 'grandwave'.

Members: Andrew Callaway Dan Callaway

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