Borrowed from their facebook page; here’s how they describe themselves:
England in 1819 is the collaborative project of Andrew and Dan Callaway and their father Liam. Their grandfather, William Callaway, was a traveling musician throughout Georgia during the golden era of the post-war 1940s and 50s. His only son, Liam, followed in his footsteps, honing his musical talents amidst the burgeoning New Wave Athens scene in the late 70s, before moving the family to England while teaching Air Force bands.
Andrew and Dan grew up in the English countryside, playing in rock bands on the weekends with their father. Their musical talents led them naturally into the world of classical music and the family moved back to the US to take advantage of more educational opportunities. Andrew studied composition and Dan studied French Horn, both at conservatories in Ohio. After a few years of travel and exposure to a withering classical scene, Andrew returned to his roots, both geographically and musically, moving back to the South and finding new life in the energy, accessibility and creativity of indie rock.
England in 1819′s first album, Three Cheers for Bertie, was recorded in their downtown Baton Rouge living room, allowing them to take their time, apparent in the slow-paced, thoughtful songs. Their sophomore album, Alma, recorded professionally at Piety Studios in New Orleans, is a combination of classical emotion, indie perspective and post-rock intensity. It was bigger, louder, and bolder, with haunting lyrics and massive chamber rock unfurling in sweeping, evocative surges of sound.
The band has been touring almost non-stop since the beginning of 2012, spreading their wings across the South, Mid-West and East Coast. When their touring drummer had to leave with 2 weeks to go, what seemed like a mid-tour disaster ended up igniting a fire of fresh influence. Andrew leaned on his previously unused electronic composition degree to lay a foundation of synths and electro beats. Their atmospheric textures floated seamlessly across new wave electronics, with touches of post-rock swells and dream-croon vocals. It was a serendipitous melding that perfectly replicated the energy and excitement of life on the road. The response has been fantastic.