13 March 2018Hot off the Press
Hailing from Queensland, Eliza and the Delusionals are a delight. With a fresh indie rock sound, combined with a prominent personal spark, we immediately felt a strong connection and appreciation for this band.
When on stage, Eliza and the Delusionals are an enigma. All members of the band add an integral part to the sound; however, you can’t look past frontwoman Eliza, as she is an electric force belting out tunes.
We were lucky enough to get the chance to have a little chat with Eliza, when her and the Delusionals were opening for Tiny Little Houses this Friday.
Intrigued initially, we asked Eliza to tell us how the band originated.
“When I was just coming out of school I was doing a lot of bands with other people. People just weren’t on the same page and I was like, do you know what? I’m gonna do a thing where it’s just my thing, and I can be in control of it, and that’s where that [Eliza and the Delusionals] started.”
And just like that, we were blessed with the band Eliza and the Delusionals. The band have been making waves on the scene ever since, touring with the likes of Dear Seattle and Tiny Little Houses to name a few. Also opening for acts like Grinspoon and Alex Lahey, to plug just a few Aussie greats.
The band also (much to our delight) released an EP titled The Deeper End last year. Eliza tells us the story of the EP.
“I wrote all the songs from my bedroom, with the other guys as well in the rehearsal room. We worked on it with Constantine from The Belligerents, which was really awesome, and then we just did all the tracking.”
Eliza told us the message she wanted to get across through the EP.
“It was kind of just about growing up; a lot of the songs I wrote before I got to travel, so I felt very — like I wasn’t doing enough, you know, when you get in those things where you feel like you’re not doing a lot with your life, it was kind of like that.”
Eliza also mentioned that through the EP individuals have gotten different meanings to the songs.
“I think a lot of people might listen to the EP and be like, oh, it’s all about relationships, and boys and stuff. I’ve had a lot of people be like, what are the songs about, like which boys. I actually haven’t written any songs about boys, it’s just like the relationships between different people that I am around, but I guess people could relate to them too if they are in relationships.”
“I think like anyone I just wanted to write songs that people can just really connect with lyrically; lyrics are super important to me, kind of writing lyrics that people can latch onto in their own way … it’s kind of like me trying to relate to everyone, hoping they can relate back.”
As Eliza and the Delusionals are based in Queensland, we asked her to plug us some bands from up North.
As it was International Woman’s Day the day before we got the chance to chat to Eliza, we were interested to find out what women inspire Eliza as an artist. When asked, Eliza replied:
“I’ve always been inspired by Hayley from Paramore, she’s an absolute Queen. I feel like our music doesn’t sound like Paramore, but she has been a huge influence. All those bands I listed earlier on the local scene, pretty much any girl with a musical instrument doing anything in any aspect of the music industry is just so amazing to me.”
Finally, to wrap up our interview with Eliza, we asked her to give some advice for girls and women starting out in the creative industry. Her reply was fantasticaly simple.
“Do your thing, who cares what people say, just do you.”
Eliza and the Delusionals are a band we can’t get enough of, combining their original sound and an engaging presence. We are already eager for this band to come back to Sydney!