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James Eller is a UK based bass player with decades long recording and touring experience. Moving to London in 1978 he quickly became an in demand recording musician in the burgeoning new wave scene, working with artists and producers such as Clive Langer, Nick Lowe and The Teardrop Explodes.

Joining Julian Cope's band in 1986, he enjoyed a whirlwind two years, with several Top 30 hits, including 'World Shut Your Mouth', 'Trampoline' and the acclaimed 'St Julian' album with extensive tv appearances and tours across the UK, Europe and the US.

Selected by Matt Johnson to join his first permanent band alongside David Palmer and Johnny Marr, James recorded The The's seminal album 'Mind Bomb' before the group embarked on their first tour, 'The The versus The World', in 1989/90, joined by keyboard player DC Collard, and taking in 100 sold out shows across the globe. That band also recorded The The's next album, the stripped down and acclaimed 'Dusk', released in 1993, featuring the singles 'Dogs Of Lust' and 'Slow Emotion Replay'.

A studio call in 2001 led to a long, creative and ongoing alliance with mercurial French new rock iconoclast Damien Saez. Within that artist's rock, punk, acoustic, electronic, orchestral and acoustic music and on several highly acclaimed albums and sold out tours, James has the scope to use all types of modern and classic bass stylings, both electric and acoustic.

At the same time as these more long term commitments, Eller continued to work extensively as a session musician, making records with artists such as Kirsty Maccoll, The Pretenders, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Billy Bragg.


Toby Marks of ambient electronica pioneers Banco De Gaia invited James to join his live band for a series of club and festival dates in 2015 and 16. He played the entire set using an array of electronic and synthesised bass sounds. 

In 2016, Matt Johnson asked him to be the bass player and MD for a worldwide webcast of several artists performing The The songs, which led to the 2017 Record Store Day release of 'We Can't Stop What's Coming', the first new The The record, and first new Matt Johnson song, for 14 years, and which featured Johnny Marr.

Now in 2018, Eller is set to rejoin The The for the upcoming comeback concerts, at London's Royal Albert Hall, Brixton Academy and Troxy theatres, along with several other accompanying shows and festivals across the UK, US and Europe.

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