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"The Music of Elizabeth - Paperback writers."

What do a Polish tenor, a Pope assassination attempt and the Ronettes all have in common? The answer, as it turns out, is an Elizabeth album. The four members of the Vancouver indie rock band love an obscure historical reference.

“In ‘Ten Bells of White Chapel’ I dropped the name Jean de Reszke, an opera singer from 1888,” bassist Rory O’Sullivan, grins as he recalls the song lyrics. The up-tempo song (think a combination of New Order and the Strokes) off their forthcoming third album tells the story of Jack the Ripper. “John Lennon said that he learned it from Bob Dylan. You just throw in a name and it makes you sound smart. It’s genius.” The rest of the band laughs in agreement. Sitting in an East Vancouver apartment with the pink neon haze of the Biltmore glowing through the windows, Elizabeth is considering lyrics and influences during a break from recording.

There’s real wit and intelligence behind Elizabeth’s lyrics, of course. It’s the charming self-deprecation that the band members possess which makes it easy to see the comparisons press have drawn with British bands. Much like their writing influences—the Smiths, the Clash, David Bowie—humour and history goes into each song. “We don’t write ‘Oh baby baby, I miss you baby’,” says lead guitarist Davor Katinic. “We write stuff where you have to have read this or that book, or seen this or that movie to know what we’re talking about.” Past albums have discussed postmodern art movements and European wars alongside an ode to a character from Rebel Without a Cause.

They are recording their next album in Vancouver’s oldest brick building, with its own storied history. Tucked away in a Gastown alley, Bryan Adams’ recording studio, the Warehouse, is marked only by “WS” in big block letters above an aluminum garage door. When it opens, you drive into a courtyard surrounded by brick walls and pull up to a lush green piece of grass. This is where artists like AC/DC, Muse, and the Cribs stepped out for a smoke break between takes.

Elizabeth came out swinging with their debut album First Excommunications in 2007. Made up of fraternal twin brothers (front man Reggie Gill and drummer Paul Gill), guitarist Katinic, and bassist O’Sullivan, they have at times been known for their leather jackets and stylish haircuts. But they have also opened for the Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, and the Libertines, to name a few, and toured with Hot Hot Heat, garnering press attention from NME. They released a second album, Hazards, Horrors and Liabilities, in 2010 and opened for such bands as British Sea Power, the Raveonettes and the Cribs. After over a decade of playing music together, the third album (yet to be titled, out in spring 2014) has been an exercise of self-editing.

“I like to simplify things now, toss records out and go with what I like,” Reggie Gill explains. “Dudes and guitars. It’s still the best recipe.” Their new songs pull from 50s and 60s rock and do-wop girl groups, all through the lens of 70s punk. “It’s better written songs, more concise, less wanking,” O’Sullivan chimes in. “It came down to what’s the catchiest song.” He, along with Reggie Gill and Katinic, wrote songs for the album and they all take the lead singing their own songs.

The iconic Neve console that their producer Eric Mosher (a long-time Warehouse sound engineer) uses to record each track on the new album is one of three commissioned by producer George Martin—another apt part of the scene. Influences such as Oasis, Joy Division, the Ramones, the Cure and the Kinks are audible in Elizabeth tunes, but one British band in particular grounds all of them. All four members of Elizabeth credit the Beatles as their number one influence. That takes shape in this new album through lyrics, song length and melodies. “No band ever evolved so quickly while remaining entirely themselves,” Katinic says.

So while they may not be able to agree on whether John or Paul is the better Beatle, the guys from Elizabeth all want to give people something new (and old) to think about with their music. And that often starts with a reference. “Sometimes I’ll be listening to a song that I’ve been hearing for like 20 years and I’ll be like, oh shit, that’s what that line is talking about,” says Katinic. “I’ve heard that song 50 times a year for a decade and I’m just getting it now. That’s awesome.” - MONTECRISTO Magazine

"The new album by Vancouver band Elizabeth is a gem of electrifying indie rock."

The new album by Vancouver band Elizabeth is a gem of electrifying indie rock. “Hazards Horrors and Liabilities” has a more mature and polished sound, Elizabeth is ready to take over Vancouver and the rest of Canada.
Elizabeth was formed circa 2003 and since then they have attracted the attention of the media and the gig goers of our city. Check out their new CD, it will grab you since the short first song called “First Excommunications” as it serves as an introduction for the next track “Columns and Arrows” which should be heard loud, from there on is all enjoyment. - vanmusic.ca

"Elizabeth - Hazards, Horrors And Liabilities"

What attracts us to new bands? Simply put, it’s familiarity. Sure, we can say we’re on the lookout for something fresh and new. However, in all honesty, we’re actually seeking drugs that stimulate previously stimulated pleasure centers. We want artists with new names that ignite old feelings.

Elizabeth is a Vancouver band that’s already played with Hot Hot Heat and Franz Ferdinand, bands that they compare to positively. While the band’s press has likened singer Reggie Gill to The Strokes’ vocalist, that’s not what these ears hear. Instead, Mick Jones in all his Clash glory is what immediately comes to mind. During “Death of Plato,” for instance, Gill yelps, “I’ll never let my guard down,” presumably commenting on ancient philosopher Plato’s death. The singing rolls over a really nice Cure-esque groove. Next, with “P.O.U.M.,” the group applies a bit of a ska groove to a song where the word ‘Revolution’ is shouted repeatedly.

You have to love any band that names a song after a famous heavyweight boxer. In Elizabeth’s case, there’s the track “Cassius Clay.” The chorus states, “You can’t stop the rumble,” and the music backs up these words with a quaking drum part that shakes things up but good.

Is Elizabeth original? Well, in the grand scheme of things, no. However, Hazards, Horrors and Liabilities is one fantastic collection of eerily familiar sounds. These sounds sound like they came out of the ‘80s, before alternative rock became a commercial cash cow. There is an urgency to these songs. This music is like famous last words before the firing squad begins shooting. It is what alternative music – whatever that is anymore – should sound like. There is not effectiveness without a little agitation. Do you remember when Nirvana arrived 20 years ago? That band had many heavy metal groups shaking in their spandex. There was pain and honest feeling in Nirvana songs, rather than a whole lot of the emotional bluffing that came with Sunset Strip posers. Who knows if Elizabeth has the power to wake up the music world? Nevertheless, whether the world wakes up or not, you have no excuse because you know about Hazards, Horrors and Liabilities. Get it, and let its truth sting. - © Music-News 2011 - Part of the Publishing Group Network On-line music site featuring news, reviews,

"Elizabeth - Hazards, Horrors And Liabilities"

When I read that a band is “post punk” I confess I don’t know what that means as so much music and many types of bands came after punk. However, if ever a new band fits that tag, it’s Elizabeth. It has the sharp edged guitars and vague, if austere, funkiness of early Gang Of Four. As well, there is a daunting intelligence about this Vancouver group that makes it more intriguing as the album picks up steam and takes on more character, as it does by the closing tracks, “Beggar With A Bullet” and “Disco Tehran". - The Province

"NME - First For Music News"

Kinetic post-punkers Elizabeth are causing a stir in Vancouver, and, if support slots with Franz Ferdinand and Hot Hot Heat are anything to go by, they won't be a Canadian secret for long. The band's guitar sound is similar to Interpol, while singer Reggie's voice is a little Strokesy, with a hint of Brian Molko. Their debut album is available to buy now.

Kate O'Flaherty - NME (New Music Express)

"First gig of the year & Johnny Marr"

We supported The Cribs on Jan. 31 and got the chance to play a lot of the new songs we're working on for the new record. Compliments from Johnny Marr and a good review...not a bad start to the year:<BR/><BR/><DIV>Sitting beside the stage waiting for a band to come out and please
your ears, is a terrible feeling. You wait and wait, expecting every
shift in the lighting and every body entering from the rear doors to be
an indication that something will take place in the near moments. This
was the way the evening was playing out last night. When suddenly the
stage became a live with activity. The local boys in from Vancouver
known as Elizabeth, took to the stage. A quick moment to tune and the
band was off, filling our anticipatory ears with pleasurable riffs.</DIV><DIV><BR/></DIV>
<DIV>It was a nice surprise that the opening act was replaced. The stage
was exploding from the get go with a sort of reggae styled, punk
influenced, alt rock. Reggie Gill on vocals, seduced the gathered mass
at his feet with an aggressive vocal set. On the drums, Paul Gill,
showed an amazingly skilled style, of precision and emotional attack.
The bassist Rory and Davor on guitar were not shabby in the least, each
had a deep rooted ability in their respective instrumental pieces. Each
member of this band meshed so well it was a seamless display of music
in its purest form. Nothing was overdone, or over taken by pop driven
visions, it was pure and raw, and it was full of exciting energy.
Looking around the venue, it was easy to see the musical venom this
band had was working its was through every one in attendance. Elizabeth
has such a matured sound, they are a definitely doing it right. Get out
there and see this band, they are worth every penny.</DIV><DIV><BR/></DIV><DIV>Read the whole thing <A href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vdmFuY291dmVyLmNvbmNlcnRhZGRpY3RzLmNhLzIwMTAvMDIvMDEvdGhlLWNyaWJzLW11c2ljLXJlYm9ybi8=">here.</A><BR/></DIV><BR/> - Vancouver Concert Addicts

"Ambitious Elizabeth aims for edgy art"

Ambitious Elizabeth aims for edgy art
Posted by Elaine Corden on April 26, 2007
Perhaps because of their intense stage demeanour, gloomy lyrics,
and stylized looks, the members of Elizabeth don’t always get
credit for the fact that they’re actually funny. When the quartet
plays live, it’s all business, with barely a word between songs;
off-stage, however, the four are a riot, cracking wildly inappropriate
jokes that, unfortunately, don’t translate well to the printed page.
Over beer and free popcorn at the Bosman’s Hotel’s Side Bar Lounge, it becomes clear that
Elizabeth–lead guitarist Davor Katinic, bassist Rory O’Sullivan, and fraternal twins Reggie and Paul
Gill (singer-guitarist and drummer, respectively)–de&#64257;nitely have a presence. The four look like a
rock band and their conversation is littered with cursing and trash talk. They are aware that a lot of
ink has been spilled to paint them as a little too serious and fashion-conscious. But, as they do with
almost everything else that’s not music-related, they shrug it off.
“We take our music seriously, so other people don’t have to,” says Reggie Gill, addressing his band’s
duality. “But we’re middle-class guys sitting around, and we laugh and drink beer, and here we are.”
“We grew up listening to intelligent music,” adds Katinic, who pens a signi&#64257;cant number of
Elizabeth’s lyrics. “Or at least, I think it’s intelligent.”
The guitarist says he has no time for bands that end up writing songs about girls, girls, and more
“Not to dis that, because we all love the Beatles...” chips in Paul Gill, who, along with O’Sullivan,
keeps quiet for much of the interview.
“Yeah,” replies Katinic, animatedly, “but in modern times it seems so ridiculous....The stuff you
hear on the radio–Justin Timberlake, he’s got an album out and all 12 songs will be about a fuckin’
girl. Not one of them would be about art.”
It’s Elizabeth’s high-minded attention to subject matter and songcraft that has garnered the group
its attention. The buzz started with the release of the four-song EP Blick, in 2004. Many compared
Elizabeth to Joy Division and the Smiths, whom all four members of the group revere. Opening
slots for Franz Ferdinand, Hot Hot Heat, Metric, and other indie-kid faves helped their cause, as
did whispers that they were being courted by several high-pro&#64257;le labels. Although there was
pressure to quickly produce a full-length album, the group took its time with its recently released
debut, First Excommunications.
Featuring 11 tracks that deliver on all the promise and hype, the disc was recorded at Hive Studios,
with local production wizard Jesse Gander at the controls. The recording process seemed to take
forever, partly because there was much to overcome: new bassist O’Sullivan’s arrival meant that
some Blick tracks had to be rerecorded, and thanks to studio gremlins, the disc had to be mastered
twice. After they made sure every detail on the record was what they wanted (the group initially
told Gander, “We want it to sound like the &#64257;rst Clash record”–no small feat), shopping the record
around proved dif&#64257;cult. According to the band, the labels that sniffed around included Vice, Rough
Trade, and Chad Kroeger’s 604, but they decided to sign with Pop Echo, an Edmonton-based label
whose affection for the U.K.’s infamous Factory Records was in line with Elizabeth’s own tastes.
Indeed, in many ways the group could be right at home on Factory–Reggie’s vocals are more than
a little reminiscent of the late Ian Curtis, especially on the single “War Is Beautiful” and the spiky,
rattling “Ash Can School”. Couple that with a Joe Strummer attitude, add a dash of Johnny Marr–
style guitar, and you have an album that recalls dreary Margaret Thatcher–era Manchester while
sounding absolutely modern.
It’s evident how passionately Elizabeth’s members want to get their music heard when they talk
about their frustrations with “making it”. They grow boisterous on the subject of roadblocks. One
sore point is Vancouver’s predilection for beardo bands.
“In 2001 it would have been unthinkable–dirty longhaired hippies playing Black Sabbath?” says
Katinic. “That’s cool? Kids used to laugh at that; now they eat it up.”
Elizabeth also sees Canada as unwilling to support bands that are overtly ambitious.
“In the U.K., after only one month of the record being there, we’ve already got a feature in the
NME,” says Reggie, who notes that the English pop weekly has named Elizabeth “Vancouver’s
best-kept secret”.
“Here,” he adds, “we’re having so much trouble even getting a booking agent. It’s easier for us
there than in our hometown.”
It might be tempting to portray Elizabeth as arrogant, but the fact is that the group is only hungry
for success. The Gill brothers, Katinic, a - The Geogia Straight

"Listen To This!"

Elizabeth: more than just looks and style
Eat your words critics! Elizabeth delivers on early hype.
Posted by Elaine Corden on March 15, 2007
When I &#64257;rst played Elizabeth for an old boss, she sighed, looked wistfully out the window and said,
“Life is funny. One minute you’re wearing all black, dancing with your head down in Luv Affair to
‘She’s Lost Control’ by Joy Division, the next, you’re trying to convince your 12-year-old-niece not
to wear sweat pants with ‘Juicy’ written across the bum.” If this was the most abstract comparison
I’ve heard between the Vancouver four-piece band and Manchester’s pioneering glumlords, it cer-
tainly wasn’t the &#64257;rst.
Critics and fans alike heaped praise on Elizabeth for their 2004 EP “Blick.” Full of ambitiously
epic sounds and new-wave in&#64258;uences, the disc drew comparisons to Joy Division, and more irritat-
ingly, 2004 “it” band Interpol. High pro&#64257;le tours followed, as did a rather ridiculous and unshake-
able media backlash about the group’s looks and style (i.e., they had some). A lesser group would
have released a full-length album right away to capitalize on the fuss. Instead, Elizabeth took almost
three years to create a proper record. The result is worth the wait.
First Excommunications, released two weeks ago on Pop Echo records, sees the group expand on
their previous promise, while also dismissing the notion that their sound was a retread of ‘80s Man-
chester. An album that takes this long to produce risks sounding overworked. But here the songs
are both precise and furious, harkening back to a time when artists were unabashedly serious about
their music, as opposed to the aw shucks humility and half-assed irony that are now the order of
the day. The band’s tighter-than-tight drums, spiky, soaring guitars, and singer Reggie Gill’s intense
vocals all sound better than ever. With this album, it’s an understatement to say that writers who
took jabs at the foursome will be eating their words.
Listen to First Excommunications here. Or see the band live at Richard’s on Richards in Vancouver
on April 12. - The Tyee

"Vancouver births new baby Elizabeth"

Vancouver births new baby Elizabeth
Posted by Tara Zurowski on March 7, 2007
There’s just something about the aggressive &#64257;re of Vancouver’s
Elizabeth that sets the band apart from the typical, pop-inspired orthodoxy of indie-rock.
“I think one of the major things that people might hear in us is that lyrically, and live, we’re differ-
ent from other bands,” begins vocalist/guitarist Reggie Gill. “We take a lot of cues from bands like
the Clash and the Sex Pistols. I mean, the things they sang about are interesting and relevant to us.
We don’t love contemporary bullshit.”
Despite this focus on lyrical content, one of Elizabeth’s most powerful songs, “War is Beautiful,” is
usually misconstrued as being sarcastic.
“It’s actually about the situationists who only look at war from sort of an art stand point,” says Gill.
“Like when they drop a bomb, it changes the landscape and almost turns it into an art piece, mak-
ing it somewhat beautiful. We are not for war, we just sort of thought that was an interesting take.
Those are the kind of cues where we get our song ideas from.”
It is obvious that the lyrics of the Clash and the Sex Pistols have had a de&#64257;nite impact on Eliza-
beth’s style, but so has the stamina those bands possessed on stage. The raw power of those by-
gone days is de&#64257;nitely in&#64258;uential to Elizabeth’s live performance, resulting in a loyal following.
“We hope people like our live show,” Gill admits. “It’s energetic and intense.”
Elizabeth is looking forward to the impending release of their debut album, First Excommunica-
tions, which is set for release late March and early April in the UK.
“We’re pretty much hoping to play everyday once we get over to there,” says Gill. “I can see Europe
diggin’ us. That’s pretty much what they said when they called—that it would just kind of make
sense for us to go over there. That’ll be really good for us.
“We kind of always talked about this band, and our name almost came up as a joke,” he continues.
“Like, let’s just name the band like you’d name a kid! We’ve done so many other interviews where
we’ve just made something up: it’s named after the Queen, or we knew this girl named Elizabeth
who was in a band and then she killed herself. One story that I sort of liked was that the Queen is
on all of our money, and her picture was up in our schools, so we’re taking the name and just sort
of selling it, making it into a rock band.” - Vue Weekly

"Elizabeth Is Best of the Fest"

Elizabeth Is Best of the Fest
Posted by John on May 01, 2006
New Music West rolled into Vancouver last week with 200
independent bands performing practically everywhere. A question
was put to the crowd: “Who is the best of the fest?” The people
spoke, and they choseElizabeth.
Sure, the adoration, the &#64258;owers, the candy, and the hearty pats on the back are great, but to cel-
ebrate the title properly, Elizabeth will record a snappy CBC Radio 3 session and interview. We just
give and give and give. Sometimes it hurts a little, but it’s a good hurt. - CBC Radio 3

"Elizabeth Is Such A Pretty Name"

Elizabeth Is Such A Pretty Name
Posted by LB on Jun 15, 2006
Elizabeth is a band from Vancouver. Four guys who are pretty tough cookies, even with such a
pretty name. Reggie Gill, Davor Katinic, Rory O’Sullivan and Paul Gill were just getting warmed up
for their session when I stopped by the studio to check things out.
You see, at NMW earlier this year, Elizabeth won an award called, Best Of The Fest and part of
the prize involved recording a session at CBC Radio 3. Everything was sounding great to me, but
the guys claimed they were making all sorts of mistakes ... then they took a Red Bull break and
came back on fyah!
On drums, Paul was so pumped that he was darn near vibrating, and by the end of the session had
split open an old drum wound. I &#64257;shed a couple of bandages out of my purse in a grandmotherly
fashion, and he assured me that it didn’t hurt.
Reggie was a charming and hilarious front man, with various ridiculous replies to all the interview
questions we could throw his way.
Rory, on bass, added vocals in a military fashion to “War Is Beautiful”, and I remember Davor sing-
ing directly into his guitar pickup at another point.
The session was great - check the blog to &#64257;nd out when it is posted in Concerts & Sessions. You
should also keep an eye out for their full-length debut album First Excommunications.
- CBC Radio 3

"NMW Report Day 2: Elizabeth Strut Their Stuff..."

NMW Report Day 2: Elizabeth Strut Their Stuff...
Friday November 12, 2004 @ 04:30 PM
By: ChartAttack.com Staff
10 p.m. The Brickyard
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Elizabeth are a wicked band. I &#64257;rst saw them open for Franz
Ferdinand about a year ago and I’ve been enraptured by them ever since. They were truly on point
tonight. Every song was awesome. Their modern new wave sound would chart in the U.K. in a
heartbeat. The fact that this band hasn’t signed a fat record contract yet is unbelievable. Wake up
label reps! I noticed three-quarters of Hot Hot Heat eyeing the performance closely from the back
of the room. I predict the HHH boys will be opening for Elizabeth inside of two years. This was
easily the best performance I’ve seen at the festival yet. Frankly, it was one of the best shows I’ve
seen in months. - Chart Attack

"Vancouver Buzz: Elizabeth Shop Around"

Vancouver Buzz: Elizabeth Shop Around
Friday July 07, 2006 @ 06:00 PM
By: ChartAttack.com Staff
Good things are certainly shaping up on the horizon for Vancouver’s Elizabeth.
Their latest album is in the can and “should be out in about two months or so” claims vocalist Reg-
gie Gill. You can preview a good chunk of the new material on the band’s MySpace page. Continu-
ing where their EP left off, the material amps up their bass-heavy ‘80s vibe to great effect. I predict
good things will start to happen for them in the U.K., as they’re natural NME fodder.
The band are about to ink an Australian distribution deal and are in the process of considering of-
fers for Canadian, American and European distro. The album will also soon to be reviewed in Vice
Magazine. That’s not bad for a disc that hasn’t even come out yet.
The good folk over at CBC Radio3 have proven that they’ve got their ear to the ground once again
by recently inviting Elizabeth into their studio to record a live session and interview destined to air
in early September.
“It was pretty nice,” says Gill of the CBC experience. “We played about six songs in total and had a
great time.”
- Chart Attack


Friday December 02nd 2005, 1:48 pm
posted by barry
Early&#64257;sh had the opportunity this week to do
an interview with Reggie, Davor, Rory and Paul
from Elizabeth. Elizabeth is one of Canada’s
hottest acts hailing out of Vancouver follow-
ing in the steps of bands like Joy Division and
Interpol. We discussed their intentions, coverage,
the EP, a new album and sharing the stage with
bands like Franz Ferdinand.
Where (which bands) have you guys played
in before? And how did you all meet?
Reggie: Paul is my brother, and we went to
school with Rory, so we’ve all played together
since high school. Then, Paul and Rory joined
a band with Davor that didn’t work out, so they
hooked up with me, and here we are.
Davor: We’ve never really been in other
bands...I met these guys, joined the band...Reggie
left to pursue a career in bass playing...Then we
broke up the band, dropped the dead weight and
then re-appropriated Reggie...This is Elizabeth
v.3. People have come and gone but the core has
never changed.
Rory: We are not an amalgamation of your
favourite bands. This is all we’ve known. It’s all
we’ll ever know.
You seem to have a good following in
Vancouver and Western Canada, how much
interest have you got from the eastern prov-
inces/states so far?
Reggie: Well, we’re talking to agents out there,
our lawyer is based out of Toronto, we’ve played
Toronto twice, and Montreal once, so, just grow-
ing at this point I suppose.
Davor: I like playing in the East...fans seem
more responsive and eager to hear something
Do you think theres a difference between
tastes in the west vs. the east?
Reggie: I don’t know about that, but if I have
to hear about “collectives” from either side, I’m
gonna fucking ring someone’s neck. Collectives
should go live on a commune somewhere, and
yes, drink the fucking Kool-aid.
Paul: Good answer.
Davor: It’s a terrible plague: the collectives,
the armies, the scenes. Its all bullshit...they breed
complacency. Most of the bands you will hear
about are pure recycled garbage piggy backing
their way to the top on the backs of bands that
weren’t even good in the &#64257;rst place. We’re talking
about an empire of shit built on shit here...what
was the question again? I don’t think there are
different tastes between the west and east, larger
cities just mean more top 40 listening morons...
but also a few more independent thinkers as
well...I hope.
Rory: We want to get more exposure in the
East, because you will like us.
We heard of Elizabeth on one of the &#64257;rst cbc
radio 3 podcasts, what came out of that for
Davor: Radio airplay for one...the CBC is
probably the only radio station, besides college
radio like CiTR, that would have the balls to
play us. We don’t exactly &#64257;t into what passes for
music on popular radio.
Reggie: The people at Vice records in Brook-
lyn heard of us from there, they got our CD and
have been diggin’ it, and some other labels from
the East that may have otherwise not heard of
Rory: That is a fantastic Podcast. Its an
honour to be on it.
Paul: Thank you CBC Radio 3 Podcast.
You have shared a stage with some pretty big
acts. Who was your favorite to play and hang
Davor: Hot Hot Heat because they arranged
for great riders for us on that tour...probably the
only time Elizabeth has ever been kept properly
Reggie: Well, Franz Ferdinand kind of gave us
our &#64257;rst big scale show, in fact, that was one of
our very &#64257;rst shows, period, so we’ll always be
indebted to them for that. The Libertines are a
classic band in the fullest sense, and we all took
to each other, you know, we all got on together
because we come from the same kinda place, I
mean, any band that likes the drink is alright by
Rory: Hot Hot Heat. A proper band. Stayed
up all night, every night. Still the best live band
I’ve ever seen.
Were the Libertines pre or post Pete?
Reggie: Post-Pete. No heroin was involved.
Davor: But there was sweaty head rubbing...
not the good kind.
Do you guys do this fulltime (because the
world loves the idea of broke musicians
struggling to make dinner money)?
Reggie: No. we all have crappy day jobs that
we don’t even want to mention here. I think
we all make pretty good money at our jobs, but
would give them up in a second for all the glam-
our of the &#64257;lthy road.
Paul: I’d do this full-time in a second...I hate
early mornings...I’m late to work everyday...
Davor: I’m poor and starving.
Rory: Lack of money makes me sick to my
What kind of music did you like growing
Reggie: The Clash. Sex Pistols. Shane
MacGowan’s liver.
Davor: My favorites in high school were De-
peche Mode, Th - The Early Fish

"Elizabeth Is Best of the Fest"

Elizabeth Is Best of the Fest
Posted by John on May 01, 2006
New Music West rolled into Vancouver last week with 200
independent bands performing practically everywhere. A question
was put to the crowd: “Who is the best of the fest?” The people
spoke, and they choseElizabeth.
Sure, the adoration, the &#64258;owers, the candy, and the hearty pats on the back are great, but to cel-
ebrate the title properly, Elizabeth will record a snappy CBC Radio 3 session and interview. We just
give and give and give. Sometimes it hurts a little, but it’s a good hurt. - CBC Radio 3


Still working on that hot first release.



Clutching songs of revolution in steadfast hands, Elizabeths music sounds the cry of rebels past and inspires the new to rise.

Their debut album First Excommunications, released in 2007, gave us our first glimpse of the Vancouver quartets unabashed embrace of English songwriting. It generated praise from the likes of Exclaim!, ChartAttack, and the influential UK music magazine NME. Their success inthe UK led to a tour that included a BBC Radio interview and in-studio performance plus a date in Glasgow playing at the popular Club NME Night. The 2011 sophomore album, Hazards, Horrors and Liabilities, saw
continued rave reviews, put them on the map with a larger mainstream audience and showcased the bands breadth of sound. Elizabeth is currently recording their third album at the legendary Warehouse Studios.

The bands kinetic sound and take no prisoners live show has put them onstage alongside the likes of The Temper Trap, The Cribs w/Johnny Marr, Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, Metric, Les Savy Fav, TV on The Radio, The Organ, Hot Hot Heat and Death From Above 1979. Elizabeth has also made appearances at NXNE, CMW, Pop Montreal and the Virgin Music Festival.

An exclusive placement deal with File Under: Music is set to push the bands music onto the soundtracks of MTV, HBO, and
other major networks. Songs have already appeared in the Xbox/PS3 game Winter Olympics 2010, the Canadian TV series "Continuum", and the Big Rock Untapped compilation CD which was distributed across the country.

Elizabeth embodies the songs and attitude akin to an uprising. They have the look and sound of stone cold political assassins. They have the ambition. Will the mainstream allow them to enter, or will they need to kick down the door, sticking boot heel to throat?

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