Elliott (band)

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Elliott
OriginLouisville, Kentucky, U.S.
GenresIndie rock, emo
Years active1995–2003
LabelsRevelation Records, Initial Records
Associated actsFalling Forward, Frontier(s)
WebsiteRevelation Records Profile
MembersChris Higdon
Benny Clark
Jay Palumbo
Jason Skaggs
Jonathan Mobley
Billy Bisig
Kevin Ratterman
Ben Lord

Elliott was an American Emo band from Louisville, Kentucky. They released three albums and several 7"s in their eight-year career, and were signed to Revelation Records.

History[edit]

Formation and early releases (1995–1998)[edit]

The group was formed in 1995.[1]

False Cathedrals (2000)[edit]

2000's False Cathedrals was a more polished affair than its predecessor, featuring vocal harmonies and more piano than US Songs. False Cathedrals is Elliott's most popular release. It was met with critical acclaim by a broad cross-section of the underground rock community.[2]

Shortly after the completion of False Cathedrals, Palumbo and Mobley left the group to pursue other musical interests. Jason Skaggs took over on bass, and Falling Forward's Benny Clark was enlisted to play guitar. Clark's ethereal, effects-heavy sound would go on to have a significant impact on Elliott's music. In May 2001, the band dropped off a tour with the Toadies amid a "disagreement with management decisions".[3]

Song in the Air, departure of Skaggs, and break up (2003)[edit]

Between March and May 2002, the band were recording an EP, which eventually turned into an album's worth of material.[4] Following this, they toured across the US in May and June with Christiansen and Liars Academy.[5][6] In August 2002, the band performed at Furnace Fest.[7] In February and March, Elliott supported Further Seems Forever on their headlining US tour.[8] Song in the Air was announced in December 2002, and released in April 2003, through Revelation Records.[9] It marked another stylistic shift for the group, incorporating more post-rock influences, as well as live string arrangements by the Louisville group Rachel's. Pitchfork Media called Song in the Air "a far more dynamic and internally cohesive record than any of the group's previous efforts.".[10]

Skaggs left the group shortly after the completion of Song in the Air. He was replaced by Billy Bisig. Shortly after Song in the Air's release, Elliott announced their intention to break up. They completed final tours of Europe and the US, before disbanding in November 2003.[11]

Posthumous[edit]

Members of Elliott have been busy since the group's demise. Singer/Guitarist Chris Higdon is now fronting the group Frontier(s) alongside members of Automatic, Mouthpiece, Enkindels, Stay Gold and others. Benny Clark is playing bass in a group named Parlour. Kevin Ratterman operates a recording studio called The Funeral Home.[12]

Discography[edit]

Date of Release Title Label Format
1998 Elliott / Sunday Evening Dinner Club / Kid Dynamite (Split EP) I Stand Alone 7"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elliott page at Revelation Records". Archived from the original on 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  2. ^ "PopMatters review of False Cathedrals". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  3. ^ Paul, Aubin (May 12, 2001). "Elliott Says Bye-Bye to One Hit Wonders". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on February 11, 2021. Retrieved February 10, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Heisel, Scott (March 10, 2002). "Elliott's plans for the future". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved February 16, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Heisel, Scott (April 14, 2002). "Elliott will be in transit once again…". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Heisel, Scott (April 14, 2002). "Christiansen signs to Revelation". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Heisel, Scott (June 16, 2002). "Furnace Fest announces full lineup; I wet my pants". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved February 27, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Heisel, Scott (November 30, 2002). "Further Seems Forever to tour with Elliott, the Beautiful Mistake". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Heisel, Scott (December 30, 2002). "Rev newsbrief: Since By Man, Elliott, Fall Silent, Garrison, and more". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Pitchfork review of Song In The Air". Archived from the original on 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  11. ^ White, Adam (August 10, 2003). "Elliott (1995-2003)". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved March 10, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "The Funeral Home's website". Archived from the original on 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2021-03-10.

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