Ellsbeth

Ellsbeth

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandMetalGothic

Following the April 1st, 2009 release of their debut album Well Dressed Killing Machine, Ellsbeth is poised for the domination they seek. The recently released album is quickly gaining momentum from critics and fans alike. The lyrics are not the standard "woe is me" type filling the airwaves.

Biography

# 1 RANK INDIE GOTHIC METAL BAND IN THE WORLD ON MYSPACE

"‘Eden’ and ‘Say Goodbye’ have great metallic groove mixed with a striking melody…(it’s) a little haunting," said The Ripple Effect. Ellsbeth has also been described as "Avenged Sevenfold without all the screaming and with female vocals." “Hauntingly honest music” said Chris Spilfogel, Grammy award winning Engineer / producer (Dreamgirls, Hair Spray, Repo! The Genetic Opera)
Since the beginning of April 2009, Ellsbeth has held the #1 rank in the Gothic unsigned band category in all of They have also ranked #4 in the Progressive category and #22 in Metal. After 5,761,668 plays, 8,480, 010 profile views and 73,000 fans, someone must be listening........

We don’t care if we’re famous or not. We want to share our music with the world and be the best musicians we can be and if fame is a byproduct of that, fine. But we don’t care about being on everyone’s television or on their posters. What I do care about is giving people a piece of who I am, and saying, ‘You’re not alone.’ I am willing to give you a piece of my soul, even if I don’t know you,” says Ellsbeth vocalist Shannon Quamme, laying her cards face up on the table for all to see. Ellsbeth, the Los Angeles-based band is happy to fight, scratch and claw their way up the steep music industry ladder, but they are doing in on their own terms. “We love what we do yet how we’ve tried to climb is very human. It’s what everyone in the world does, it's no different. We all face challenges and try to accomplish our goals. It's how you set out to accomplish these things is what sets you apart from the rest.”

It’s this very “of the people” attitude that connects Ellsbeth with the fans that love (and will grow to love) their music, a brilliantly balanced blend of aggressive Rock, Metal, Gothic and Industrial. The band’s debut studio effort, Well Dressed Killing Machine, was released via iTunes on April 1 and was produced by Chris Spilfogel (Dreamgirls, Hairspray) and Ellsbeth’s guitarist, Sean Lacefield, who worked on music for the video game Dead Rising for Xbox 360, and for Repo! The Genetic Opera.

Quamme actually deems Ellsbeth’s music “Neogothrockpopsoulmetal,” a hybrid term she coined with Spilfogel, who had worked with pop stars but was itching to work with a harder edged band and chose Ellsbeth. Ellsbeth’s eclectic style of music is due in part to the fact that all the members hail from disparate backgrounds, bringing unique elements to the overall sound. Quamme, who originally hails from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, attended the Musician’s Institute on a scholarship. Sean found her on Craigslist believe it or not, after he came out of another project that “ended badly.” But Lacefield was undeterred. He says, “My former manager and I set out to form another band and after many horrifying auditions, Craigslist was for once, useful and I stumbled upon Shannon. We met at Starbucks and immediately started writing.”

Lacefield and Quamme had amassed a ton of material and entered the studio. “We didn’t compromise with any aspect, from members to songs to the engineer to the studio, ” Lacefield said. The duo entered Westlake studios with the Grammy award winning Spilfogel at the helm. After recording, their music took off on MySpace, where they were voted the #1 Goth band for six weeks and accumulated over 10 million plays over the course which is no small feat in the social networking sphere, where bands trying to get noticed are innumerable and infinite.

Quamme has an interesting view of how Ellsbeth are surviving and thriving as an independent band in the oversaturated music industry and that’s the band’s ability to lay everything on the line, to walk to the musical/emotional tightrope, sans a net. “It’s like McDonald’s cheeseburgers,” she says. “There is all this effort that goes into processing of the meat, the cheese, the bun and the wrappers. It’s a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff. Then you eat it and are like ‘Eh!’ That’s not us. We want to give people something to hear and be brutally honest, tearing our chests open. If it affects you, then we’ve done our job. That’s why Sean and I adore haters almost as much as our fans, because if we make you react, good or bad we’ve achieved our goal.”

After Lacefield and Quamme had laid the foundation for the band, they set about finding members to complete the band and the vision. Drummer William Liermann, originally from Biloxi, MS, joined with guitarist Scott Ramsay. Liermann views Ellsbeth as “seasoned, but new at the same time, with heavy and full riffs. There’s a little bit of heavy, a little bit of melodic. But it’s never too insanely heavy for average person to listen to.”

Ramsay, who was born in Scotland but was transported to LA at the age of three, spent much of his formative years playing in rock bands and in the house band at Lakers games, where he played the “DE-FENSE” chant! He says the gig “was something anyone and their

Lyrics

Wide Awake

Written By: Shannon Quamme

These pieces aren’t fitting
My patience is slipping
From the trigger I’m lifting

Is there something worth waiting for
Anticipating for
Nothing seems worth my time

Now I’ve been trying to tell you
But you won’t hear me
I’ve been dying to tell you

Even though I’m Wide Awake
I cannot feel alive
In this dreamless, hollow life
Well I know there’s nowhere I can hide
All I feel is dead inside

This dreaming addiction’s a blood let affliction
An unusual vision
I’ve been scheming death wishes
With poison stained kisses
But you’re not worth my time

Well, I’ve been trying to tell you
But you won’t come near me
I’ve been dying to tell you

Even though I’m Wide Awake
I cannot feel alive
In this dreamless, hollow life
Well I know there’s nowhere I can hide
All I feel is dead inside

Eden

Written By: Shannon Quamme

Have you forgotten all you know of all we had
This crimson mirror shows your face I'm well aware of how you stand
You can't deny you suffer
Does it make you come alive?
You can't deny the feeling
That you're falling away from

You are not alone
Hold on to your place in Eden
This is not a lie
You are by yourself in reason

Do you fear you're eating tiny little lies?
Do you try to catch your breath
When you use me to fantasize
You can't deny you suffer
Does it make you come alive?
You can't deny the feeling that you're falling away from

You are not alone
Hold on to your place in Eden
This is not a lie
You are by yourself in reason
You are not alone
Hold on to your place in Eden
This is not a lie
You are by yourself in reason

Delirium

Written By: Shannon Quamme

Is this the end I wonder?
I think I’ve been here more than once before
Always with you
Now, I implore you
Give me something to release inside
Other than my pride

It’s not like the world sits inside of you
Or has ever really been a part of you
You will never achieve the relief you crave right now

It’s my life
In this hole away from home
All is not what it seems
With Delirium

This reign will pull us under
Cracking pillars made out of bone
In Evermore

Our lives entwined acanthus
Inside this madness
With patterns in the blackness

It’s not like the world sits inside of you
Or has ever really been a part of you
You will never achieve the relief you crave right now

It’s my life
In this hole away from home
All is not what it seems
With Delirium

Defy

Written By: Shannon Quamme

Rest in pieces is how they found you, soldier boy
They said nothing could ever bring you down

Got a little piece of you in my eye
Got a little piece of you inside
Got a little piece of you in my eye
Don’t defy

I wanted more than what you’re giving to me
If you try to defy
You’ll find yourself in solitary

Got lost in the desert on your own
What did you think you would find
Complacent with your meaning

This is to stay still
This time you will listen
You’re worse than the Mason
With your reason

I wanted more than what you’re giving to me
If you try to defy
You’ll find yourself in solitary

This is to stay still
This time you will listen
You’re worse than the Mason
With your reason

Got a little piece of you in my eye
Got a little piece of you inside
Got a little piece of you in my eye
Don’t defy

Breathe

Written By: Shannon Quamme

I never thought there wouldn’t be life
Inside your brain
Inside your love for me

I wish I could have been there with you
Sweet destiny

Now I just want you to

Breathe for me
Right now
For life

Why won’t you just

Breathe for me
My God

You’re getting colder

I didn’t think it would happen this way
Under this sky
While onlookers pass us by

Where you are must be freezing for you
So lost inside

Now I just want you to

Breathe for me
Right now
For life

Why won’t you just

Breathe for me
My God

Or are you just going to bleed?

Breathe for me
Right now
For life

Why won’t you just

Breathe for me
My God
You’re getting colder

Arise

Written By: Shannon Quamme

Keep hearing this sound just like your heart
Releasing evil angel in your arms
Tragic evolution finds a way

This pound of your flesh is ready to go
You’re feeling wasted
While drowning in the killing pool you know
These seas are haunted

Arise
You are all that I despise
Arise
With a fearful hunger
The cries
While I watch your spirit die
Inside
You’ll be no longer

Keep hearing this screaming in my head
Wanting evil fairy tales instead

All that you reap is wanting to sew
The skin of your maker
All tied up and ready to go
These chains aren’t binding

Arise
You are all that I despise
Arise
With a fearful hunger
The cries
While I watch your spirit die
Inside
You’ll be no longer

Victim Of Mine

Written By: Shannon Quamme

Can’t you see the rise in me?
This life’s a burning hell

Check your reaction ‘cause all but a fraction is clear
Your depreciation of all that you don’t want to hear

Tell me
Why should I try to save you?
Just because you’re crawling on back from your failure
I want you to stop pretending
It’s all ending
“What am I supposed to do?”
Victim Of Mine

Tell her she’s crazy but don’t try to tell her she’s wrong
Amount her to nothing and all that you love will be gone

So tell me
Why should I try to save you?
Just because you’re crawling on back from your failure
I want you to stop pretending
It’s all ending
“What am I supposed to do?”
Victim Of Mine

Tell me
Why should I try to save you?
Just because you’re crawling on back from your failure
I want you to stop pretending
It’s all ending
“What am I supposed to do?”
Victim Of Mine

Trapped

Written By: Shannon Quamme


To keep it real one might call it suicide
To never really live your whole life
That’s what one mental patient said to me
That was you

I want to reach in and feel everything
To feel your lungs breathe
I wonder if something got lost
Inside and hid deep within your mind

I’m never to return here
And I’m feeling like my heart’s beating too fast but
I’m sorry to let you go
But I won’t waste my whole life feeling trapped for you

Sometimes it’s hard to do it on Ritalin
When it used to be faster
The days as thick as the fabric inside your eyes
At least to you

I want to reach inside and feel everything
Wake up from your narcolepsy
Reach out and pull me inside your heart

I’m never to return here
And I’m feeling like my heart’s beating too fast but
I’m sorry to let you go
But I won’t waste my whole life feeling trapped for you

I can see the bodies falling
You’ve sewn up your eyes
Blind in your field of pride

I’m never to return here
And I’m feeling like my heart’s beating too fast but
I’m sorry to let you go
But I won’t waste my whole life feeling trapped for you

To Die

Written By: Shannon Quamme

This casket crawls inside your skin
The way it turns your head around
You ride the darkness deep within
You check your blood flow every hour

A curse on myself
I Die
About a thousand times
Here, I’m alone
I lie inside your waking
I (eye) wanted everything I could ask for
But I didn’t want to die

You ride the darkness ‘cause you want to
You know you do
(Don’t you?)
You feed the frenzy ‘till the vanity taints the fool

A curse on myself
I Die
About a thousand times
Here, I’m alone
I lie again inside your waking eye

A curse on myself
I Die
About a thousand times
Here, I’m alone
I lie again inside your waking
I (eye) wanted everything I could ask for
But I didn’t want to die

Everybody knows
The wind is flowing
Will you go alone?
No one has survived
Because only you are dreaming
This is all for show

I don’t want to Die

Say Goodbye

Written By: Shannon Quamme

In my darkest hour now, I feel you
Touching me through the stone cold floor

And now I’m pacing all these halls
Your blood is seeping through these walls
You’re haunting me
Even now I still believe

Your disease will bind you and take your filthy heart
Your deceit will bind you eternally

Well, I know where the answer lies, my friend
It’s everything that I’ve heard before

Say Goodbye
To the end of mutilation
Rest in peace before the lives you tore away
Say Goodbye
In an act of desperation
At the scene of your crime
Criminal mind

You’re the dream in lucidity
That tears me apart
You’re the dumb
You’re the blind
You’re the one left behind

I know that your spirit lies, my friend
It gives promises that I can’t ignore

Say Goodbye
To the age of mutilation
Rest in Peace before the lives you tore away
Say Goodbye
In an act of desperation
At the scene of your crime

Everybody wants someone to hide their face
Everybody falls in line beside disgrace
For what you are
It’s sanctuary, when you believe the lie
But you can’t

In my darkest hour now, I feel you
Touching me through the stone cold floor

Say Goodbye
To the age of mutilation
Rest in Peace before the lives you tore away
Say Goodbye
In an act of desperation
At the scene of your crime
Criminal Mind

My Release

Written By: Shannon Quamme

I feel so disillusioned
wishing I were someone else

I just can't dig this death scene
You're a well dressed killing machine
Got your book on necromancy

I never wanted it to end this way

Feed on silent cries
While the seraph flies
Relish tenacity
Then fall away

I can still hear your death ring
You're not that feral at all
Read your notes on alchemy

We'll bring the lights down
You will never suffer

Feed on silent cries
While the seraph flies
Relish tenacity
Then fall away

Breathing angel sighs
On a salvation high
Redemption doesn't lie
It just falls away

I don't know enough to care about you
Anymore than I can stand you

I just know it's not the same as
all the things you used to tell me softly

Discography

Well Dressed Killing Machine

Set List

Defy
Eden
Arise
Say Goodbye
Breathe
Victim of Mine
Trapped
Delirium
To Die
My Release
Wide Awake