|Photo by Luke Henery|
By ERIC SCHELKOPF
Australian indie rock band Eliza & The Delusionals was on tour with Silversun Pickups in March 2020 when the tour was unexpectedly derailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than two years later, the band is back on the road with Silversun Pickups performing songs from its debut album, “Now And Then,” released earlier this year. Eliza & The Delusionals also is headlining several shows, including a show Saturday at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago.
Sunday Cruise also is on the bill. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $15, available at ticketweb.com.
I had the chance to talk to frontwoman Eliza Klatt about the tour.
Q – Great talking to you. I understand that you were on tour with Silversun Pickups in March 2020 when COVID-19 unfortunately halted the tour. What is it like performing in front of live audiences again?
We feel really lucky and grateful to be back on the road with our friends Silversun Pickups. The shows have been so much fun and the crowds have been really lovely.
Q – Did you use the time off the road to write more? Did you work on songs for your debut album "Now And Then" while you were off the road?
Yes, usually. It can be really difficult to jump between touring and writing headspaces sometimes, so we generally use our breaks and downtime to work on new music.
We started working on some of the songs from "Now And Then" during our tour break in 2020 when we were in Los Angeles, but once we had to come home, we didn't really have any other option but to write music and work on the debut record. It's bittersweet really.
Q – What were your goals for “Now And Then” and do you think you accomplished them? Is there a meaning behind the album's title?
I guess we didn't really have any goals, we just wanted to write an album that we loved and felt really proud of, which I think we did. The whole concept behind the record was a perspective on nostalgia, reflecting on growing up and how life is now compared to back then.
Q – The single "Save Me" off the album has connected well with people. Did you expect the song to do so well? Why do you think it is connecting so well with people?
I always felt like "Save Me" was going to connect with people. I think it's because I personally felt a strong connection with it.
It was also one of our favourites from the demos when we were putting the album tracks together. I think if people can find themselves or their situation in a song, they'll make a strong connection with it.
Q – You covered "Motion Sickness" by Phoebe Bridgers. What made you want to cover the song and what do you think you bring to the song?
It's one of my favourite songs, and the first song that introduced me to Phoebe Bridgers. The song is just really beautiful, it's one that we wish we wrote to be honest, so I think that's why it was an easy choice for our Triple J's "Like A Version" cover.
We really felt like we wanted to make it a bit more band-y I guess, and we wanted to elevate the bridge with the guitar dynamics and the vocals.
Q – Would you consider her an influence? Who are some artists that you really admire?
Yes, for sure. She's an incredible musician and songwriter. Her lyrics are unmatched!
Between the four of us in the band, our tastes are wildly different, but for me personally, I love bands like Coldplay, Paramore and Radiohead, to name a few.
Q – I am sure you have had your music described in many ways. How would you describe your music?
This is always an interesting question. I always say indie pop rock when someone asks, but genre is such a weird thing that we use to categorize music. I feel like indie and pop can mean a million styles of music to people, ha ha.
Q – Do you have any dream collaborations?
For sure, so many. Phoebe Bridgers or Coldplay would be amazing to collaborate with, I'm sure.