Photo Credit : Luke Henery
“Is everyone sick of me saying how good this band is? Don’t know, don’t care.” – Triple J, Declan Byrne
“Eliza & The Delusionals are here to cure heartache and have you dancing in your kitchen, self-isolation style.” – Tone Deaf
“Australian rock band Eliza & The Delusionals are masters of using rock and pop-inflected sound to elicit emotions and pour their hearts out.” – Atwood Magazine
“Sorrowful lyrics and dreamy vocals backed by the upbeat instrumental make up a dazed tune. Airy and slow moving but also makes for the perfect highway song.” – Hysteria Mag
“Eliza & The Delusionals are definitely in their ascendant with a seemingly endless supply of perfectly crafted indie pop/rock tunes.” – Good Call Live
Pairing gorgeously structured indie rock with flecks of 90s and early 00’s rock filtered throughout, the single pulls on feelings of nostalgia and stands out as an exciting start of a new chapter for the band. The first taste of music from the band since their March EP ‘A State of Living In An Objective Reality’, Sentimental showcases the group’s songwriting skills in collaboration with award winning Australian pop writer Sarah Aarons (Cosmo’s Midnight, Childish Gambino) and American songwriter/producer John Hill (WAFIA, Portugal. The Man) and multi talented producer / engineer Dylan Adams (DMA’s, Skeggs, Troy Sivan).
The creation of the song came as the band were experiencing one of their most significant chapters as a group so far. Breaking into the international market with their single Just Exist, Eliza & The Delusionals found themselves touring North America with Silversun Pickups and enjoying success on US radio with the single selected as Jeff Regan’s ‘Critical Cut’ on SiriusXM AltNation. The alternative rock station went on to spin the track over 700 times.
An early impact sent ripples through the American sector, leading to the band locking in more tours and lucrative festival spots, though these plans were unfortunately cut short due to the damaging effects of COVID-19 on the international touring circuit. Despite this, Eliza & The Delusionals’ resolve when it comes to making new music has never been stronger and with Sentimental, we’re beginning to hear the results of sessions spent creating what is their best material to date.
“We’re super proud of this song, it’s one of our favourites to date. Kurt started playing some chords in a tuning he made on the tour bus. We knew we were going in for a writing session, so after coming up with a few ideas around the chords, we brought it into the studio with Sarah and John, and they really helped bring it to life. After having a few months of listening to the demo over and over, myself and Kurt added a bridge and the other parts before taking it into the studio with Ruby and Tex to record it.” – Eliza Klatt, Eliza & The Delusionals
The nostalgic element of Sentimental is key to its music video too. Directed by Alex Flamsteed & Natalie Sim from MTMM, the music video was filmed out on the Gold Coast, interspersing footage of the band performing and also hanging out in a number of scenarios. The music video has a bit of an old-school holiday feel to it, as the band hang at the beach, cruise around, skate and enjoy being out and about.
“We wanted to create a visual that didn’t really have a story – but had more of a feeling paired with the song. We wanted to use the visuals and colours to create a nostalgic (and somewhat sentimental) feeling and emotion. Overall we love the way the video came out, and it’s our favourite one to date.” – Eliza Klatt, Eliza & The Delusionals
Sentimental speaks to the heart of the band’s individual and group influences. Coming up on a love for melody, guitars and rhythm, Eliza & The Delusionals have formed a sound that is most definitely their own, yet also sings the praises of the genre pioneers who came before them. And as they enter a new phase of music for 2020 and beyond, music like Sentimental exists in a rich and textured rock/pop realm that Eliza & The Delusionals have loved diving deep into.
“Our sound is really inspired from the 90’s and early 2000’s. All of us grew up on that music and has influenced us so much from when we started playing instruments and writing songs. We feel really excited about this next chapter, as we’ve started to experiment with more guitars and synths, things like that.” Eliza Klatt, Eliza & The Delusionals.
2020 has seen Eliza & The Delusionals embrace change, with the introduction of bassist Ruby Lee to the fold at the beginning of the year. Having enjoyed success internationally as well as a growing profile and legion of fans around the country at home, the Northern New South Wales/Gold Coast group have been going from strength to strength.
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