Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Revelation: 68 The birth of Elliott was in the fall of '95 when guitarist Jay Palumbo left the band Empathy, moved to Louisville, and joined up with Chris Higdon (vox/ guitar) and Jonathan Mobley (bass). Higdon and Mobley... more »
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Revelation: 68 The birth of Elliott was in the fall of '95 when guitarist Jay Palumbo left the band Empathy, moved to Louisville, and joined up with Chris Higdon (vox/ guitar) and Jonathan Mobley (bass). Higdon and Mobley had recently ended an accomplished run with the highly acclaimed band Falling Forward and been jamming with one another on an off since childhood. With the intention of sounding unlike a continuation of any of their previous hardcore bands, the threesome began writing and, with the temporary fill in drummer, soon recorded a 7" for Initial Records. The band's sound was developing into one that was quite their own: an extremely textured combination of melodic hardcore, rock, and emo that hits you smack in the face one minute and sways you into a daydream the next. In the fall of '96 they enlisted drummer Kevin Ratterman and the true focus of Elliott began. Since then, Elliott have toured every inch of North America, building a substantial and loyal fanbase, playing on every type of bill imaginable. Metal/hardcore to alt/emo bands, Elliott have played with all of them and to much commendation. In fact, the band welcomes and often times prefers the opportunity to play with bands as dissimilar to them as possible. From the success of their debut 7" and the massive buzz that the band had created, the attention of Revelation Records was caught. Elliott's Rev debut was recorded in two halves. One at Easley Studios in Memphis and the other at Rondor Studios in L.A. The two sessions were mastered together and melded into U.S. Songs which now has Elliott as a shoe-in to inherit the title of "best new band." The album is a masterpiece, displaying HigdonUs memorable, emotional vocals and the band's talented songwriting capabilities. Higdon's voice and the dynamics of Elliott's music embody the band's sound on U.S. Songs: melancholy and bliss simultaneously.
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a_loschi | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 11/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Elliott's debut album showed their particular way of doing hardcore music (a Radiohead influence dominates some songs) and also showed what it would came with their new album False Cathedrals that puts them in a different level."
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tinpatches | Illinois, United States | 06/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will admit that I missed this CD when it was first released. After I heard the masterpiece that is "False Cathedrals" (Elliott's newer LP), however, I had to pick this one up. I was not disappointed. The entire CD is great. This CD connects with the listener on an entirely different level than "False Cathedrals". "U.S. Songs" features songs that are more upbeat. It may be a different level, but it connects nonetheless; that is, in my opinion, one of the most important things for music. Connecting with the listener is one of the things that seperates bands like Elliott from the mainstream bands; they simply can't be compared. Musically, Elliott is great. They are pure emotion with a lot of depth underneath. Solid all-around musicianship, coupled with Chris Higdin's wonderful vocals, makes an excellent final product. Whether you heard "False Cathedrals" and have become interested in Elliott, or you are thinking of trying some of their music out, I definitely recommend this CD. Elliott has got to be one of my favorite bands, and, if they continue to make CDs of this quality, they may be the sole owners of that position."
Elliott - Louisville's Finest
A. Kohler | Louisville, KY | 04/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow. This is a truly original and creative band. Some of the best songs I've ever heard have been by this band. This is probably their most straight foward, rocking album to date. False Cathedrals was much more laid back and mellow, this is more in your face guitar blasting, great rock music. I can't pick a favorite Elliott album, because it all depends upon which mood I'm in. This is great for rocking out and just for bobbing your head and singing along. Most songs are very upbeat, with a few mellow songs thrown in. Elliott combine a great sound with one of the best vocalists I've heard. His voice is very high and beautiful, it sounds great. The only complaint is that sometimes, he gets so carried away and so into the music, that you can't understand a word he says. But that's ok, because the music is still top-notch, and his voice couldn't sound any better. A beautiful, moving album, U. S. Songs is a must have for any music fan. This is one of my all time favorite CD's, and one of my favorite bands. Elliott are probably the best band to come out of Louisville, ever. Check out everything this band does, because they are great people and have a huge talent for writing and playing some of the best music I've ever heard."