Eliza and the Organix
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Eliza and the Organix

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Rock Funk

Calendar

Aug
24
Eliza and the Organix @ The Undercroft

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Aug
25
Eliza and the Organix @ Bourbon & Branch

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Oct
12
Eliza and the Organix @ Askew Prov

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Aug
23
Eliza and the Organix @ Dwell DC

Washington, D.C., United States

Washington, D.C., United States

Aug
16
Eliza and the Organix @ The Jungle Community Music Club

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Aug
15
Eliza and the Organix @ Starlite

Massachusetts, United States

Massachusetts, United States

Jul
18
Eliza and the Organix @ Chicky's Pizza Pub

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Jul
09
Eliza and the Organix @ City Winery

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jun
23
Eliza and the Organix @ Governors Island

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

May
25
Eliza and the Organix @ The Local NY

Queens, New York, United States

Queens, New York, United States

Apr
20
Eliza and the Organix @ Union Stage

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

Mar
30
Eliza and the Organix @ Trinity On Main

New Britain, Connecticut, United States

New Britain, Connecticut, United States

Feb
03
Eliza and the Organix @ Joe Squared

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Feb
02
Eliza and the Organix @ Wonderland Ballroom

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

Feb
01
Eliza and the Organix @ Hubris House

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jan
19
Eliza and the Organix @ Coney Island Baby

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Dec
01
Eliza and the Organix @ Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States

Oct
26
Eliza and the Organix @ Branded Saloon

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Oct
25
Eliza and the Organix @ The Topaz

East Williamsburg, New York, United States

East Williamsburg, New York, United States

Oct
12
Eliza and the Organix @ House Show

New York, United States

New York, United States

Oct
06
Eliza and the Organix @ Midtown Village Fall Festival

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Sep
15
Eliza and the Organix @ House Show

Massachusetts, United States

Massachusetts, United States

Sep
14
Eliza and the Organix @ Willimantic Records

Windham, Connecticut, United States

Windham, Connecticut, United States

Sep
01
Eliza and the Organix @ Bourbon & Branch

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Aug
31
Eliza and the Organix @ Kelly's Logan House

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Jul
13
Eliza and the Organix @ Coney Island Baby

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jun
18
Eliza and the Organix @ Gold Sounds

Bushwick, New York, United States

Bushwick, New York, United States

May
29
Eliza and the Organix @ Groove

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Music

Press


November 12, 2017

Catchy, Raw, Soulful, Original Funk and Dance Music From Eliza and the Organix

There’s no band in New York who sound anything like Eliza and the Organix. You can dance to them, but they also have flashes of psychedelia and a vintage punk fearlessness. They’re funky, but their sound is uncluttered and gritty – is it legal to call them organic? In other words, they’re nothing like the slick, cheesy Berklee clones noodling ad nauseum into the wee hours at Rockwood Music Hall. Over the past few years, Eliza and the Organix have been gigging constantly all over town. Their new album Present Fuure Dreams is streaming at Bandcamp; their next show is Nov 16 at 11 PM at the Way Station in Bed-Stuy.

Frontwoman/guitarist Eliza Waldman gets the funk going on the album’s catchy opening track, My Way (no relation to the Sex Pistols classic), but she also hits some burning Keith Richards riffage. Alto saxophonist Kristen Tivey – an ambitious songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in her own right- adds vocal harmonies over John Gergely’s subtly crescendoing drums. On the album, Stephen Cleary and Will Carbery share bass duties. The song has a recurrent reference to “doing coke out on the driveway,” which could be sarcastic – or not.

When I Call You is a snide slap upside the head of a “nihilist, masturbator, man-hater,” Waldman’s smoldering distorted chords rising to an unexpectedly swirly break midway through, with more of the band’s signature, tasty guitar/sax harmonies.

Blameless has a slinky latin soul groove under Waldman’s sarcastic vocals and wah guitar: “Aimless, shameless, am I blameless?” she wants to know. Waldman’s organ and Matt Soares’ vibes linger over sharp, staccato guitar in Trouble, an individualist’s anthem and another latin-flavored number: “I’ve been in trouble so long that I hardly remember the other side,” Waldman confides.

The album winds up with the moody nocturne Tapestry in Blue, which is an organ tune until Waldman’s guitar kicks in hard at the end. Everything here sounds like it could go on for twice as long and it would still be interesting – and you could give your lower parts a decent workout. Fans of Sharon Jones,classic soul and funk, and obscure punk-funk cult heroes like the Maul Girls should check them out. - New York Music Daily


"If you’re looking for some soulful rock in the depths of Brooklyn, look no further. Eliza and the Organix is a dynamite rock group that can rock and groove with the best of them." -Evan Zwisler - Madness To Creation


"A subtle anomaly of jazz, blues, latin, rock and other genres which the Organix seamlessly blend styles on." -Frederick Gubitosi - Shutter 16 Magazine


"It’s part rock, part jazz, part funk with bits and pieces of other influences blended together to create something new and refreshing." - The Music Below


“The music showcases a powerful vocal dripping with charisma – Eliza's chief instrument, attracting a serious suite of talented jazz musicians...Whether Eliza continues to find her fun lyrically, or instead opts to marshal that idiosyncrasy through complex song construction a la “freak folk” standout Tune-Yards..., E&O will remain a band to watch.” — Willie Ward - NYC Indie Music Live


““Led by singer-songwriter/guitarist Eliza Waldman, the group [Eliza and the Organix] integrates madness and irony, providing on off-beat, crazy, and intense vibe that is also fun and inspiring.” -Andrew McDonald - Living Free NYC


"Harkens back to the old No-Wave Movement of the late 70s, early 1980s." -Mike Taylor - Amazing Radio


“Review of featured track "Let Me Have This": "Built around an infectious guitar lick, this track exudes jazz cool all the time tempered by a rock sensibility, which keeps it direct and to the point. Saxophones swirl and the rhythm section grooves whilst laidback vocals put you in mind of a city street at dusk, with headlights streaking though the smoky heat and steam rising from the sewer caps." -James Robbins - Fresh on the Net


"Brooklyn, New York rockers, Eliza and the Organix, are a fun mix of funk, rock, and indie that’s as chill as it is dancy, as current as it is retro." -Christopher Gonda - Pure Grain Audio


"They’ve got a tight sound on their recordings, but live, you get to see them spring into action. Even their most loose jams sound like a funky military drill with the precision of their groove." -Will Sisskind (writer for The Deli magazine) - Caffeinated Jam


"Eliza and the Organix is, to quote their website, “a funky female-fronted rock band based in Brooklyn centered around the songwriting of vocalist and guitarist Eliza Waldman”. And today marks the release date of their new music video for the song “Road Home”, which you can take a peek at down below.

The very first thing that draws my interest in this music video is the slap of the car’s wiper blades in the opening scene. A minor detail in the scheme of things, but the that initial, almost metronome-like groove acts like a neat little slide into the ear-worming drum rhythm that buoys this song forward. “Road Home” is a tight, fun bounce of a single that uses plenty of synonyms from the funk handbook. That guiding beat’s soon paired with a slinking guitar line, Waldman’s bluesy vocal, and a pacing horn backdrop that altogether bends the line between jazz and punkish Pavement rock-pogo. This fluctuating tempo creates a layer of tension well-illustrated by the music video, in which our main character (played by Waldman herself) is on the run from deer/panda-headed representations of… time’s ceaseless pursuit? The anxiety of life’s constant obligations? Some combo of both perhaps?

A very serious set of questions to consider. The ending in either case represents inevitability. “I don’t know the road you’re on, I don’t know how much time is gone, how much remains?”, Waldman croons in a well-honed echo of the quiet desperation we have for one of existence’s biggest questions.

But this song doesn’t just spend time mired in its thoughts. If anything it considers those philosophies and decides to greet them with a sly smile and the timeless joy and abandon trademarked in the shape of rock and roll.

Both a song and a video worth keeping in your playlist!

Check out the band at elizaandtheorganix.com!"

-Christopher Hedden - On The Back Edge Of The Beat


Discography

Present Future Dreams: Part I- Oct 2017

Orange Moon Soon- April 2015

The Organix Experience- August 2012

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Bio

Eliza and the Organix is a funky female-fronted rock band based in Brooklyn centered around the songwriting of vocalist and guitarist Eliza Waldman. E&O deals in deep grooves, quirky humor, and high octane playing, drawing from a broad sonic canvas that remains focused in storytelling and soulful sound. 

Eliza and the Organix is a unique project that has been described as "funk punk" or "jazz rock". The band's albums include The Organix Experience (2012), Orange Moon Soon (2015), and Present Future Dreams: Part I (2017), with an upcoming music video/single release January 19th of the new song "Road Home" before the next album Present Future Dreams: Part II drops later this year.

Eliza and the Organix has appeared on radio shows/podcasts including:

  • WXCI Western Connecticut State University (Music In Your Shoes)
  • WUML UMass Lowell (Blues Deluxe)
  • WDBK Camden County College Radio (Dr Comedian)
  • WEMF Boston (Stingray Body Art Presents The Underbelly, The Feedback with Tom Maroon)
  • The Kathryn Tickell Radio Show
  • Mike Taylor's Amazing Radio Show
  • Skope Radio
  • Radio Crystal Blue
  • Sean and Dave Make Music (Philadelphia, PA)
  • KnowLovePhilly (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Boy Wonder Vs. The World (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Rubyfruit Radio (Atlanta, GA)

The band has been featured in Lucid Culture (NYC Music Daily), Shutter 16 Magazine, Madness To Creation, Kill The Music, and The Music Below, with upcoming features appearing in: High Alliance Magazine, PureGrainAudio, Caffeinated Jam, and On The Back Edge of the Beat. 

The band has played landmark New York venues such as The Bitter End, Piano's, and Arlene's Grocery, and festivals around the East Coast which include:

  • Midtown Village Fall Fest (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Jersey Shore Festival (Seaside Heights, NJ)
  • Yasgur Road Reunion (Woodstock, NY)
  • Astoria Music Now: New World Queens Festival (Astoria, NY)
  • Concord Oktoberfest (Concord, MA)
  • Women's Right to Rock Music Festival (Seneca Falls, NY)
  • Swan Day (New Britain, CT- upcoming)
We have played shows in cities including: Rochester, NY, Albany, NY, Seneca Falls, NY, Woodstock, NY, New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Burlington, VT, Seaside Heights, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Swarthmore, PA, Wilmington, DE, Danbury, CT, Willimantic, CT, Boston, MA, Lowell, MA, and Concord, MA, and this year will be expanding that list to include Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and New Britain, CT, with plans for more upcoming dates and possibly a West Coast tour. 

Band Members