Ellis

Ellis

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Frontman/songwriter Darren Labrentz and band sound like the studio product, making their live performance totally legit. With an obvious Brit influence and a passion to connect with fans, Ellis delivers infectious and well-written music.

Biography

Influenced by the formidable likes of Coldplay, The Killers, and U2 among other bands, Ellis brings a dynamic Brit sound to the Canadian music scene. The band originally formed by Darren Labrentz, was the result of a few songs he wrote while visiting San Francisco a few years ago. Labrentz was staying in a small apartment on 'Ellis' Street, which appropriately provided a name for the band.

After spending 2 busy years together, Ellis has built a solid local following and has managed to expand its fan base outside the city by touring to the west coast. The band was invited to perform at the 2005 Western Canada Music Awards in Vancouver, and made its first trip to the east in March as part of the 2007 Canadian Music Week Showcase Festival in Toronto. The band has showcased locally on the main stage of the Edmonton Works Art and Design Festival for four consecutive years including opening night and Canada Day performances. Ellis is proud to announce they have been selected as the SONiC 102.9 Band Of The Month for February 2007. The title gives them regular air play on the major-market radio station in Edmonton, as well as a sponsored showcase performance.

Ellis recorded its self-produced album ‘Bright Light City’ in 2005 and then collaborated with producers Brian Howes (Hinder, Hedley, American Idol) and Joey Moi (Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman) at Mountainview Studios in Vancouver, B.C. to record a four song EP, ‘Breakin’ Into Pieces’. The band will be back in the studio later this year to record another four song offering.

Lyrics

Breaking Into Pieces

Written By: Darren Labrentz

Hole in my heart
Where you made your mark
How did it get this far
I must admit
I took you for granted
Can we go back to the start

When I look at the view
It still feels like it used to
When you look at the view
Am I invisisble to you

Can't you see
The cracks in me
I'm breaking into pieces
Rescue me
I'm incomplete
I'm breaking into pieces (over you)

I hit the ground
Cause I miss the sound
Of love making its rounds
I still want you
Do you want me to
Or is the jury still out

When you look at the view
Am I invisible to you

Can't you see
The cracks in me
I'm breaking into pieces
Rescue me
I'm incomplete
I'm breaking into pieces (over you)

Suddenly

Written By: D. Labrentz

All plaster walls, yellow water falls
From the ceiling tile, have you given up?
No more lollipops, ticker-tape parade has stopped
All the love you’ve lost, how much has it cost?

No easy answers to all the cancers that you know
And then...

Chorus

Suddenly the magic hits your eyes
Everything changes inside
Suddenly the spark turns into fire
Life rearranges

No more spinnin’ tops or play in the sandbox
Innocence is lost, have we counted the cost?
And I hope in the end we’re not where we begin
A circle of whims, what’s real? What’s pretend?

No quick fix solutions to the pollution that you know
And then...

Chorus

There must be more to this life
So much more to surprise

Chorus 2X

There must be more to this life
So much more to surprise
There must be more to this life
So much more to surprise

Discography

1) Ellis - Breakin' Into Pieces - EP
2) Ellis - Bright Light City - LP
3) Ellis - Silhouette - Single (radio airplay)

Set List

The band has enough original material for up to a 90 minute set or two 45's.