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Monticello, Illinois, United States | SELF

Monticello, Illinois, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Christian


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Elsie's original songs and performances have drawn fans from the alternative crowd as well as the mainstream pop/rock fans. Elsie is described as fusing the melodies of Linkin Park with the grunge of Breaking Benjamin, but still retaining that catchy groove that everyone rocks out to. They are a thoughtful band with thoughtful lyrics as well as music. They don't just throw out screams and heavy guitar and let their style be buried. They rock in a stylized, complex and engaging wave of sound -- and the audience loves every minute.

Elsie consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Eric Defend, bassist/vocalist Josh Roberts, and drummer/vocalist Evan Defend. All members perform with a solid amount experience under their belts; the Defend brothers bring 7 years of training in classical piano and music theory, and have been performing seriously in bands for 6 years. Josh Roberts has been playing bass and singing in bands for 5 years.

A client of theirs has said, and they tend to agree, "Elsie is a great band. They are down to earth guys who write great original rock music. They put on a great show and they have a great and humble heart. They hang out with the kids. Their musical style is great for concerts events, worship events, festivals. They are good and loud and do some very high quality music. I was impressed."

Elsie also brings with them their faith. They're not shy in saying they are firm believers in Christ. Many of their lyrics focus on personal struggles, and how God fits into the picture. Eric, lead vocalist, says on this note, "We are not here to hit you over the head with a bible, only to show you that we are experiencing the same things everyone else is, and even question our own beliefs sometimes."

At a show, you can mosh and thrash, or you can act natural and stand back, close your eyes and enjoy the subtle intricacies of the music. It's up to you.