Eliza & The Delusionals Keep Their Souls Alive With Debut Album, “Now and Then”

Eliza Klatt would describe the experience of listening to her band, Eliza & The Delusionals, as downright ethereal. “To me it’s like indie dream pop. Everyone has such a different idea of ​​what genres sound like, but I guess that’s how I would describe us.” They wrote their latest single ‘Give You Everything’ in the last few weeks before the pandemic hit. “We wrote this song in 2020 while we were in LA for a few weeks before things got weird and we had to go back home to Australia we had a writing session with Sarah Aarons and John Hill and after talking to Sarah and getting to know her we realized us that early in our careers we’d both had very similar experiences with people in the industry taking advantage of our naivete.’Give You Everything’ really formed lyrically and thematically around this conversation, and is about realizing that you can’t give everything to someone and keep some for yourself.Once we got back to Australia, we decided to set up a home studio and pick up the demos we were working on in the US, which in the end was all would be bum. It was there that we finished the song and started to figure out what it was going to sound like and what the production would look like. The song felt so comfortable in the pop sound of the 90s/2000s, and it really shaped the whole sound of the record.”

The song is another glimpse of their debut album, Occasionally† “I feel like since we wrote it and everyone on our team heard the demo, we knew it was going to be a strong single for the record. I think it was an easy pick for a single, as it summed up so much of the record’s themes and sounds!’ In the spirit of that burgeoning excitement, other singles from the album will be featured throughout the article!

Eliza’s main source of musical inspiration can be traced back to the early 00s. “I think it probably has something to do with the nostalgia of growing up listening to that kind of music. For me, many of the bands from the 90’s and early 2000’s were the first bands I discovered for myself and helped me become the songwriter and musician I am today. So I think that’s what naturally will always inspire me, and I just love music and artists from that era a lot.” Especially Gwen Stefani has her heart. “I’m a huge fan of Gwen Stefani/No Doubt. always thought she was so iconic, and she has influenced so many incredible female musicians and front women over the years, i really admire her style and stage presence, and of course her voice is one of my favorites i love too by Garbage and Shirley Manson, I just think she’s so cool and cool. There are so many incredible artists that I look up to from that time, but those are two that still inspire me to this day.” For Eliza, the early 00s represent a bygone era of simpler childhood fun.”I wish I could go back to the days when I was alone with my Tamagotchi, and all I had to worry about was that it wouldn’t die against the time I got home from school,” she laughs.

In the wake of the pandemic, the band emerged with a renewed perspective. “For starters, I don’t think I’ll ever be on a show again. Whether we’re playing or watching, I’ll always appreciate being on stage or being pushed back and forth by a crowd. It was something I never thought I’d have to live without, and it was really hard to be without. The guys and I always joke that we’ll never complain about loading in heavy gear again, we missed it so much. I think it also brought us closer together as friends and band members. We’ve always been pretty close, but I think not being able to see each other and do what we love has really brought us closer in a way.” Unsurprisingly, COVID had a major impact on their livelihoods and their overall mental health. “It’s kind of a wavy thing. I felt pretty good in 2020 when we were touring and our A state of living in an objective reality ep. But COVID was clearly tough on everyone, and we had lost so many tours, festivals and big opportunities in general. At the moment I’m glad to be back on the road in Australia but myself and the boys are still very much grieving the losses of 2020. I don’t think we’ll ever get over it completely, but we always have to look ahead and we’re feel very lucky and grateful to be selling shows across Australia and coming back to the US in May for the Bottlerock Festival!”

Working on Occasionally provided much-needed comfort. “It was really all we had to keep us going. We didn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, but we knew that writing a record would be the best thing for us. I think it gave us something to focus on and keep us healthy when the real world was depressing and sad all the time. It was kind of why we leaned into the nostalgic themes as well, of course, because it was a form of escapism for us. I think Kurt and I were also lucky that we could lean on each other as songwriters, creatives and people. Living together and being together all the time really made it a lot easier.” They will always be grateful for the resilience the album represents. †Occasionally got us through the hardest time of our lives. We never thought we’d experience something so sad and so terrible, and writing that record really was our saving grace in some ways. I think if you can mentally transport yourself somewhere for a short period of time when your current environment doesn’t leave you feeling inspired, you can feel a whole new wave of emotions and hopefully you can create something out of that.” Occasionally falls May 20.

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Eliza & The Delusionals keep their souls alive with debut album “Now and Then”. Photo credit: Luke Henery.


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