Ellipsis

Ellipsis

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Having immersed themselves into the musical culture of their hometown, this band’s undeniable songs emit a unique, timeless quality, and are colored by a wide array of influences. They are relevant to commercial radio, while also being fully capable of captivating a festival of barefoot boogiers.

Biography

Quickly emerging with a loyal following from one of the most competitive music markets in the world, Ellipsis has met every challenge they’ve faced. They have won over a sold out arena audience in their hometown, New Orleans; they have come less than a hundred people short of selling out the House of Blues; and they have played the headlining stage at the world renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This band has also shared the stage with acts such as Incubus, Jack Johnson, the North Mississippi All Stars, Better than Ezra, Crossfade, the Funky Meters, and Lifehouse. The band also toured in support of their debut record, “But a Breath,” for nearly 18 months straight, from San Francisco to Tampa with many a stop in between. But coming from a town as self contained and content as New Orleans, what does this mean to the rest of the world?
This band’s music is both timeless and universal. Ellipsis is a touring live band, not a one hit single sensation. Yet whether intended or not, their songs are teeming with hooks and melodies that even the most perverse music listener cannot deny. Songwriting is their base, and musicianship their cavalry. Armed with the rhythmic culture of their hometown, their groove-driven sound is soulful and diverse, with enough mainstream sensibility to keep any listener, young or old, engaged from start to stop. It is a sound, with clever, subtle hints of psychedelia, which could easily be categorized in the modern marketplace as part of the Retro rebirth of the 70’s. But even a brief listen will prove that they approach their music and playing with more power and conviction than most bands in this movement. Ellipsis contributes growing up in New Orleans to allotting them the freedom to find their sound, without fighting to conform or fit in. After all, brass bands outnumber rock bands three to one. While the band is not averse to comparisons to Led Zeppelin, the Police, Incubus, and Sublime; their eerily familiar sound is uniquely their own.
But with the new year approaching and momentum at an all time high, the band’s greatest test was yet to come. Hurricane Katrina left the band dispersed across the country, with a totaled tour vehicle, a discontinued two year relationship with their management and booking, and an inability to access their instruments and recording studio, What Noise? Studios. They have since replaced their van with a full size school bus and are eager to get back on the road. Having persevered, reformed, and managed to finish recording their record in the midst of calamity (and quite a story it is), this band has nothing left to prove. The proof is in print, and it is called “One Course Current.” This long-awaited sophomore release is in stores March 17th. They are currently rebuilding their camp from the ground up, shopping for both management and booking. And with the oldest member a mere twenty two years old, this band is in it for the long haul, and will one day be known as one of the greats.

Lyrics

Been So Long

Written By: Ellipsis

Tell us what did you think…
And did your eyes blink…
And what was supposed to be amends
Has now turned into losing my best friend

Oh its easy to see
At least it’s easy to me
But to you there’s no in between
Its as crazy as it seems

OK what will it be
Will I turn on the T.V. and find you washed out
A victim of your own disease

Your not who you used to be
You can’t complete this family tree
Your just a black, ink-stained memory

CH
Its been so Long( it seems like years since you’ve been gone)
Its been so Long (You swore the trip could not go wrong)
Its been so long (no one seems to recognize your gone)
Its been so long… Uh oh …


Your will was so weak
As satan kissed your cheek
And then he turned out you lights
Hoping you might quit the fight

So you stood on the brink
Of life and one last drink
But then you began to slip
T’was a curse upon your lips

Your not who you used to be
You can’t bring back your history
Your just a black, ink-stained memory

Its been so Long( it seems like years since you’ve been gone)
Its been so Long (You swore the trip could not go wrong)
Its been so long (no one seems to recognize your gone)
Its been so long… Uh oh …

Bridge
Where did you go my brother
I can see your perfect future sitting upon its throne
I can see your perfect future
Now, will you claim it for your own?

Its been so Long( it seems like years since you’ve been gone)
Its been so Long (You swore the trip could not go wrong)
Its been so long (no one seems to recognize your gone)
Its been so long… Uh oh …

Hiptown

Written By: Ellipsis

Across the park there’s a place called Hiptown
Where only cool and his gang hang out
This diamond egg once appears so wealthy
The wealth of things you can’t live without
And no one tells you how to twist it out

Hey you know the city lights yah they never cease their blinking…
The dignitaries help to protect your thinking

CH
There’s no where to go
Nothing to show
When Hiptown is all you know
No grown ups code
To fit the mold
No, our hiptown will not be sold

Along the streets your heart will wonder
Where fountains brew the youth you once knew
We swim about this spinning spout in its mystery
A welcome gift from hiptown to you
And no one tells you how to twist it out
Hey you know that city girl she likes to watch you sleeping
Her golden hair drapes the heart she’s been stealing

There’s no where to go
Nothing to show
When Hiptown is all you know
No grown ups code
To fit the mold
No, our hiptown will not be sold

Bridge
Its easy-down to sit and wonder
What simple things your heart must ponder
Where is life? Who is peace?

Across your mind you have seen this hiptown
Its crystal shoes and new tattoos
This secret land can appease your fancy
The fancy thoughts all dressed in blue
And no one tells you how to shake it out
Hey you know those city lights yah they never cease their blinking
The dignitaries help to protect your thinking

There’s no where to go
Nothing to show
When Hiptown is all you know
No grown ups code
To fit the mold
No, our hiptown will not be sold

Midnight Sunshine

Written By: Ellipsis

Midnight Sunshine

It took control
We could not save the day
It stole us so far away
No one looks the same
They cut the chord
The life support’s no more
They lured us into grey
No one is sane

CH
Midnight sunshine’s got a hold on me(2x)

Within the walls of your greatest halls
Where all things turn to waste
Nothing looks the same
They black the sun
With pointed guns
They aim to take the young
Nothing is sane

Midnight sunshine’s got a hold on me
Midnight Sunshine won’t let me be…

They have control
We can not save the day
Now, all has turned to waste

No one is sane(repeat)

Symphony Of Sound

Written By: Ellipsis


A symphony of sound… like a wave crashing down
Invites me to her place to fill this lonely space
And all she mends and all she makes
Leaves me content
Straightens what was bent

Love is…
Love is all she knows

Her innocence profound…
Like the wall crumbling down
Connects our every step to quench this endless depth
And all she lends is all I defend
As symphonies sing of the love she’ll bring

Love is…
Love is all she knows

Bridge
Should I be gone at tomorrows done…
Won’t you chase after me?
And if our time is deemed a crime…
Will you defy these captive kings?
There’s a chance we can make it
To the shore where I believe an empty vessel is waiting…
And if our souls achieve this goal…
Happiness will be sailing

Love is…
Love is all she knows(repeated)

Fool's Gold

Written By: Ellipsis


Ol’ Woman Look Out!
Everybody Is Movin out West
Now, You know I’ve got to go
Why don’t you let me reap what I sow?..

Chorus
All of this Gold Won’t Settle My Soul…
All of this Gold Won’t Settle My Soul…

Fool’s Gold!
The Fool is All He know!
He’s got to have the Finest Pearls…
He’ll kill the man who threatens His World.

All of this Gold Won’t Settle My Soul…
All of this Gold Won’t Settle My Soul…

Fool’s Gold!
The Fool is all He knows…

I can’t Beleive My eyes…
So many riches baby,
There all mine!
I want it all, I want it all!
Don’t make me shoot babe…Shoot it!

Fool’s Gold!
The Fool is all he Knows!

Discography

numerous E.P.s and demos.
2004 But a Breath (Independent)
2006 One Course Current (What Noise?)

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Set List

Ellipsis's sets vary from night to night... They play material from their two releases, and occasionaly do their own version of favorites from the past.

The Republic - New Orleans - 3/17/06

Dancing Song
Fool's Gold
This Time Around
Hiptown
Symphony of Sound
Moon Rox
Hand in Hand
The Hide
Iron Lion Zion (Bob Marley)
Midnite Sunshine
Spoonful of Sugar
Been So Long
I Like It