The Edmund Fitzgerald (band)

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The Edmund Fitzgerald
Yannis Philippakis and Jack Bevan of The Edmund Fitzgerald on stage at The Luminaire in Kilburn, London, in March 2005
Background information
Origin Oxford and Thame, England
Genres Math rock
Years active 2003-2005
Associated acts
Past members

The Edmund Fitzgerald (formerly known as Elizabeth) were a math rock band from Oxford, England, who disbanded in 2005. Their final line-up consisted of Yannis Philippakis on lead guitar and vocals, Lina Simon on rhythm guitar, and Jack Bevan on drums. Philippakis and Bevan later went on to join Foals.


The band were known for their live shows that featured intense epic songs with minimal vocals and disjointed, technical rhythms.[1] Influences included Sweep the Leg Johnny and Sonic Youth. However, other influences were so numerous and varied that the group drew from the ideas of other bands rather than their finished product.[2]

The band split in 2005, following the departure of Simon, who chose not to pursue a musical career.[3] They also claimed that things had become "too serious" and that they wanted to have more fun making music. This new desire resulted in the formation of Foals.


Release Description Record Label
Horses Split 7"[4]/CD[5] with Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies[6] Vacuous Pop Recordings
Eli Cash 2003 Truck Festival Compilation CD Truck Records
Two Broke Kids Bikes/These Wet Houston Driveways Silver Rocket SR50 Compilation CD[7] Stupid Cat Records
My Quiets Heart Slight Of Hand Split 12" with Bilge Pump[8][9] Noisestar


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