Andrew Eldritch (born Andrew William Harvey Taylor, 15 May 1959) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the frontman and only remaining original member of the Sisters of Mercy, a band that emerged from the British post-punk scene, transformed into a gothic rock band and, in later years, flirted with hard rock.
Formerly a drummer, Eldritch also programs the tracks for the Sisters of Mercy’s drum machine (known as “Doktor Avalanche”) and plays guitars and keyboards in its studio recordings but uses live shows to focus solely on his vocal performance. He is well known for his deep distinctive bass-baritone voice. He has also established the record label Merciful Release. In addition to the Sisters of Mercy, in 1986 Andrew Eldritch established a side-project the Sisterhood (to keep former band members from using the name) which was quickly abandoned in favour of continuing working under the Sisters of Mercy.
Before the Sisters of Mercy
Andrew Eldritch was born in the small cathedral city of Ely in 1959. Eldritch later wrote a piano song named “1959”, alluding to the year of his birth, starting with the line “Living as an angel in the place that I was born”.
Eldritch studied French and German literature at the University of Oxford before moving to Leeds around 1978 to study Mandarin Chinese at the University of Leeds; he left both courses before graduating.
He speaks fluent French and German and has some knowledge of Dutch, Italian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Latin, but stated that he has forgotten the Chinese he learned. During this period, Eldritch was a freelance drummer in the local Leeds punk scene