Elizabeth Donihoo

Elizabeth Donihoo

 Austin, Texas, USA
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Ultra vibey sounds created by this four piece band fronted by Austin singer/songwriter Elizabeth Donihoo permeate the room. Her deep, earthy vocals and pop-driven, Harrisonesque melodies leave an indelible imprint on your soul. Undeniable grooves with a textural background.

Biography

"I love music. It’s as simple as that. It’s the one thing that I know will bring joy to my life. And when I really feel connected to something like that, it becomes my own personal dreamscape."

Austinite Elizabeth Donihoo’s album, "Dream", an apt name, relays the feel that permeates throughout. "I like the idea of one word conjuring
up a whole world of meaning." The sounds are big and lush and the earthy, yet haunting quality to her voice draws the listener in. And the lyrics are deceptively simple, but resonate long afterwards.

Built on layers of airy textures, such as in "Don’t know why", and then more fully orchestrated, pop driven sounds such as in "Secret" and "Weave", Elizabeth’s music takes you "to another place", as she hints in "Secret". Evocative descriptions of other-wordly realms, such as in the title track "Dream", have a definite transcendent quality.

Elizabeth refers to her music as "moody pop-rock", but the term moody doesn’t necessarily mean melancholy; the music is more mood-evoking… be it loving, reminiscent or dreamy."

As a Houston native growing up in Sacramento, Calif., Elizabeth’s love of music was nurtured by her older brothers. She was particularly captivated by Jethro Tull and George Harrison, and anything organic. Elizabeth strives to create an organic feel in her own music as well. Other heroes include Jeff Buckley, Beck, Peter Gabriel and Chris Whitley. "Why Jeff Buckley? I first saw him at an in-store performance. I was completely awe-stricken. The sounds that were coming out of him…really, the most beautiful voice ever. What a soul." And then there are those who speak to her. "Beck, who I simply adore. Okay, you got me. I admit it. Melancholy is good; it’s what makes you real. Peter
Gabriel, my soul mate. Chris Whitley – no words."

Of course, Austin’s music scene has served as an inspiration, too. (Like so many others, Elizabeth came to town to get a degree – hers is in
psychology – and stayed.) A roster of some of the city’s best helped fuel her creativity on "Dream," her first full-length effort. The guitar textures were contributed by Cole Hanson, whose style carries reminders of Johnny Marr and the Edge – a mix of gentle meanderings and effervescent runs. Keyboardist Derek Morris (Bob Schneider); bassists
Jake Blackwell (Honeybrowne), George Reiff (Charlie Sexton, Billy Harvey) and Ronnie Johnson (James McMurtry); drummer Kevin Pearson (Gnappy); and singer-songwriter Darin Murphy are also heard.

Elizabeth worked with Austin producer and local pop guru Lars Gorannson. "Working with Lars was always interesting. His mind is constantly in that
creative vortex. He's also got this unmistakable sense of humor – full of Larsisms. Anyone who works with him is in for a real experience. And he's
worked with some really great bands (Cardigans, Endochine, the Real Heroes)."

Mark Younger-Smith Younger-Smith of Mixture Studio (Austin) did further production work and mixed the album. Younger-Smith was previously Billy
Idol’s guitarist, co-writer and co-producer. Mark’s approach matched my vision – big, lush, orchestrated sounds. This, mixed with Lars’ pop sensibility, was the perfect blend."

The result is a multi-layered effort that’s very personal, and conveys Elizabeth’s message throughout – the desire to connect with another.

"The songs are about love, of course, the broken heart and the downfalls that I’ve encountered," she adds, but they’re also about the other side
of it – how to transcend those places. And there’s always this sort of romantic element as far as meeting the other in that realm, and really being able to have that deep, heartfelt conversation that only two people can have in that space."

Lyrics

Secret

Written By: Elizabeth Donihoo

You shine
When the light
Hits you in a perfect way
Be nothing
And everything to me

Hold on
Hold on to me
I want to take you to a better place
And show you what it is
Show you what it is

You know you've got
A look on your face that shows
And words that never say
Words that never say
Fill you up with a secret
Of a better place

Hold on
Hold on to me
I want to take you to a better place
And show you what it is
Show you what it is

Let me fill you up with a secret
Of a better place
Fill you up with a secret
Of a better place

Undertow

Written By: Elizabeth Donihoo

I thought you were here
I thought you were here
But what is real
When you feel
The undertow
And how it takes you out slow

Wake up
It doesn't matter
Wake up
It doesn't matter

Oh, what a day
When things change and scatter
Oh, what it takes
To be strong together

If you were here
If you were here
You would know
That it never was too clear
How you could come and go
And how it takes me out slow

Wake up
It doesn't matter
Wake up
It doesn't matter

Oh, what a day
When things change and scatter
Oh, what it takes
To be strong together

How a half waking dream
Can pull you under when it seems
Like you are here

Wake up
It doesn't matter
Wake up
It doesn't matter

Oh, what a day
When hearts run and scatter
Oh, what it takes
To be strong together

We're all the same

Written By: Elizabeth Donihoo

Is it what you always said
That runs so deep
Is it how you had to be
I can't keep telling myself
You were someone else

Can't keep running
Through the words in my head
Hard to believe...
We could take the trip
And wind up here
Hard to believe...
You were someone else

Did you know that I could be you?
Did you know that I could see you?
Inside we're all the same
Inside we're all the same

I could be you
I could see you
(We could take a trip, we could wind up here)
I could be you
I could see you
(We could take a trip to anywhere but here)
It runs so deep
It runs so deep

Dreamers

Written By: Elizabeth Donihoo

You with blue and lonely eyes
North Carolina
Gone to find your self-denying, loner ways behind you

Wander, but you can’t get over
All the love you handed over
That was all along inside you

Dreamers only love to love
Only love to love
Only love to love

Linger here
You want to know me
Trouble, turn away
Still roaming
Hesitating once again
To find you

Dreamers only love to love
Only love to love
Only love to love

Comfort, baby
Can you make me
Love you anymore than I do?
Come here baby
Will you let me love you?

Discography

Dream (2006)
EP - Believe (2002)

Set List

Remember
Secret
We're all the same
Dream
Fear
Undertow
Slumber
Believe
Don't know why
Weave

One-hour set.