Elliott (band)

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GenresIndie rock,
Dream pop,
Years active1995–2003
LabelsRevelation Records, Initial Records
Associated actsFalling Forward, Frontier(s)
WebsiteRevelation Records Profile
MembersChris Higdon: Vocals, guitar
Benny Clark: Guitar
Jay Palumbo: Guitar
Jason Skaggs: Bass
Jonathan Mobley: Bass
Billy Bisig: Bass
Kevin Ratterman: Drums
Ben Lord: Drums

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



The group was formed in 1995[1] after the demise of lauded Louisville hardcore outfit Falling Forward. FF drummer Ben Lord soon left the band, so new drummer Kevin Ratterman was recruited, joining Chris Higdon (vocals/guitar), Jay Palumbo (guitar) and Jonathan Mobley (bass). Ratterman (who was also a producer and an engineer) would go on to play a large part in writing and producing Elliott's music.

In Transit and US Songs (1997–1998)[edit]

In 1997, Elliott released their debut 7", In Transit. Their first full-length, US Songs, followed in 1998.

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][3][4] According to Revelation Records, it is amongst the highest selling albums in the label's back-catalogue.

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.

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

Elliott's third album, Song in the Air, was released in 2003. 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.".[5]

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.


A posthumous release, Photorecording, featured two discs: a CD with live tracks and a collection of demos/b-sides, and a DVD with live footage and a documentary about their final US tour.

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[6] in Louisville — he also played bass in Your Black Star (2004–2005) and is currently part of the trio Wax Fang.

Revelation Records repressed U.S. Songs on grey vinyl for Record Store Day 2011.[7]

Simba Recordings pressed Songs in a Transit Wind, a new compilation of Elliott's out-of-print 7"s, on clear, grey, and black 180-gram vinyl for Record Store Day 2013.[8]


Date of Release Title Label Format
1997 In Transit Initial Records 7"
1998 Elliott / Sunday Evening Dinner Club / Kid Dynamite (Split EP) I Stand Alone 7"
August 4, 1998 U.S. Songs Revelation Records CD, LP
January 11, 2000 If They Do (EP) Initial Records CD, 7"
January 11, 2000 Will You Revelation Records 7"
August 22, 2000 False Cathedrals Revelation Records CD, LP
April 23, 2003 Song in the Air Revelation Records CD, LP
October 4, 2005 Photorecording Revelation Records CD/DVD Box Set
April 20, 2013 Songs in a Transit Wind Simba Recordings LP


  1. ^ Elliott page at Revelation Records
  2. ^ Punknews.org review of False Cathedrals
  3. ^ PopMatters review of False Cathedrals
  4. ^ Interpunk.com listing for False Cathedrals
  5. ^ "Pitchfork review of Song In The Air". Archived from the original on 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  6. ^ The Funeral Home's website
  7. ^ Discogs listing for U.S. Songs repress
  8. ^ "Elliott - Songs In A Transit Wind". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 1 April 2015.

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