Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


Sounds like

Catfish and the Bottlemen, Alex Lahey, Ali Barter


band members

Eliza Klatt Ashley "Tex" Martin Kurt Skuse Ruby Lee


Influences

Catfish and the Bottlemen, Paramore, Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, The Kooks, Sundara Karma


Bio

Eliza & The Delusionals have never been afraid to think big.

“The goal has always been to play huge shows,” says singer-guitarist Eliza Klatt, who founded the Northern New South Wales/Gold Coast band in 2015.

Over the past few years that dream has slowly become a reality as the group’s sweetly snarling, anthemic brand of indie rock has led to supports with artists such as Grinspoon, Nothing But Thieves, Dear Seattle and Killing Heidi, appearances at landmark festivals such as BIGSOUND, Falls Festival and Canadian Music Week, and major radio support both locally and internationally.

After a slew of well-received early singles, the band’s climb was kickstarted in earnest by 2017 debut EP The Deeper End. A potent mix of buzz-saw guitars, ear-worm melodies and Klatt’s undeniable vocal hooks, singles such as “Salt” instantly caught the attention of national broadcaster triple j.

“We’re just writing songs we want to hear ourselves,” says guitarist Kurt Skuse.
“You hear us in our purest form in our writing.”

Skuse and Klatt go back years, living down the street from each other as kids. They reconnected in the Gold Coast’s thriving band scene, with Skuse joining alongside guitarist Ashley Martin, a friend of Klatt’s at university. To kick off 2020, and round out the line-up, the band introduced new bassist Ruby Lee, whom the group met when she performed in an opening act on tour.

The extended periods on the road since have acted as a steep learning curve, while fusing the band into a tightly-wound live unit.

"We learned how to put our live set and show together through the experience of watching bigger-scale bands do it” says Klatt.

You can hear that experience in recent singles “Pull Apart Heart” and “Just Exist”, the first taste of the group’s forthcoming second EP. The latter in particular introduces a more mature subtlety to their sound, with Klatt ruminating on finding a balance between creativity and good mental health against a slowly building and insistent melody.

The song has connected in a big way, particularly in the United States and Canada, with Alt Nation – the flagship alternative rock channel of SiriusXM – crowning it their ‘Critical Cut’ and adding “Just Exist” to high rotation. The listeners responded in kind, voting it Number 1 on the Weekly ALT18 countdown, where it remained in the Top 10 for more than a month.

Unearthed in 2017

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Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

21 Feb 2020

Triple J
45

I told 2020 to cancel all its appointments cos this year is going to be about Eliza & The Delusionals all day, everyday! Another reminder of what this band does best.

I told 2020 to cancel all its appointments cos this year is going to be about Eliza & The Delusionals all day, everyday! Another reminder of what this band does best.

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Review by Dan Condon Dan Condon

07 Aug 2019

Triple J
40

I seriously hear shades of Icehouse in here, as well as the more obvious stuff like Alex Lahey. Another really strong song from a seriously great band.

I seriously hear shades of Icehouse in here, as well as the more obvious stuff like Alex Lahey. Another really strong song from a seriously great band.

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Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

06 Aug 2019

Triple J
40

"got in the shower just so I could cry" oooooft. *wipes cheek* Anyway, like how Eliza and the band are using the tools of big '80s guitar pop to get their message across. Those guitars surely come with their own shoulder pads built in.

"got in the shower just so I could cry" oooooft. *wipes cheek* Anyway, like how Eliza and the band are using the tools of big '80s guitar pop to get their message across. Those guitars surely come with their own shoulder pads built in.