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Founded in 2015, for the past five years indie rockers Eliza & The Delusionals have been making a name for themselves in their native Australia. Now they’re taking their show on the road for a string of live dates in America.
Their arrival in the States has been preceded by their single, “Just Exist,” which has been working its way onto alt-rock radio playlists.
With the band clearly being on the rise, here are eight things you should know about Eliza & The Delusionals.
They’re touring America for the first time this February
Eliza & The Delusionals are the main support for the West Coast leg of Silversun Pickups’ 2020 tour.
The dates they’ll be on begin February 2nd in Ventura, CA, and run through February 24th in New Orleans, LA.
“Just Exist” is their first U.S. release
Listeners of SiriusXM’s Alt Nation are already well aware of the band’s first U.S. single, “Just Exist,” as the song has been receiving a ton of airplay on the station.
Eliza explains how the band decided “Just Exist” would be their first U.S. release, saying, “I think this song was a big turning point in the band. It was our first song into a newer sound and style of songwriting. We went through a lot of changes as a band, and individuals, and it just felt like the right song to introduce Eliza & The Delusionals to the U.S.”
She continued, adding, “We also had really good responses from playing it in our set back at home, so it just felt right.”
Many of their songs come from a sad place, but aren’t sad songs
While the lyrics of many of the band’s songs are written from a place of sadness, Eliza notes that inspiration doesn’t necessarily equate to mood.
“I think it’s what you get out of the situation,” she explains. “It’s actually what ‘Just Exist’ is written about – the balance of feeling depressed, but also feeling creative and inspired by those feelings. I can’t really control it, I guess, it’s just what comes out.”
Eliza has recently been writing from a place of happiness
“A lot of the newer unreleased stuff I’ve been writing has been coming from a bit of a happier place,” Eliza notes, “I think it just depends on where my head’s at, and how I’m feeling.”
The band comes from a strong lineage of great indie acts and rock bands
Australia has been a hotbed for music for quite some time. Recently they’ve given us acts such as Tonight Alive, Stand Atlantic, CXLOE, and Ali Barter, and previously they gave us a number of legendary bands including AC/DC, Men At Work, and Midnight Oil, among others.
To say Eliza & The Delusionals are in good company would be an understatement.
Their peers have been giving them advice on how to tackle the States
With a U.S. tour on the horizon, peers of Eliza & The Delusionals who’ve already toured the States have been giving the band tips on how to navigate America, and its music venues.
“A lot of the advice we’ve been given has been mostly positive,” Eliza says of the band’s conversations with fellow musicians, “we’ve been told it’s an amazing country for touring – unlike Australia, where each major city is at least a 10 hour drive apart! – and that the landscapes, driving routes, and towns are unlike anything. The venues are apparently unbelievable, as well.”
The band has come a long way in the past five years
In the band’s infancy they weren’t quite the well oiled machine they are now.
“I think one of our first ever shows together was when we were doing our first interstate tour,” Eliza remembers, “there weren’t a lot of people there at all, and we probably sounded really unorganized, but I remember we had a really fun time traveling and playing together. I think now we just have learned from experience in a lot of ways – the best way to travel, how to organize a set list and our show. Things like that.”
They aren’t as delusional as their name might imply
When asked what Eliza & The Delusionals are most delusional about, Eliza laughs, “We’ve actually never been asked that question before.”
After mulling it over, she says, “Maybe that we’re trying to make a career out of music. A lot of people think that’s delusional.”
With the trajectory the band is currently on, that might not be all that delusional after all.