Liz Strodel
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Liz Strodel

Syracuse, New York, United States

Syracuse, New York, United States
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"Liz Strodel puts her own music up front with studio CD, live shows"

Liz Strodel is best known in the Central New York music scene as a drummer.
After all, the Corcoran High School graduate has kept the beat for hip-hop band The Goonies and still keeps pace for blues outfit The DeLinquents.
The release of her five-song EP “Nights & Weekends” will change that view.
Strodel wrote the songs, lyrics and music. She plays them on guitar — as well as keyboards and drums. She sings.
And Strodel will perform, along with studio-helper Andrew Greacen, as part of the five-act holiday show for Syracuse Women in Music, from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Mac’s Bad Art Bar, 1799 Brewerton Road, Mattydale.
Also on the party lineup are Sue Royal and the Shakedown Band, About Time with Sheela Tucker, Mojo with Lisa Henderson and Catastrophe Me! with Heather Brushell.

Tickets are $8. SWIM members will make and bring food.
“Drums where the first thing that caught my ear,” says Strodel. “I guess I kind of got enough courage to move up front when I got my first guitar, 2 ½ years ago.”
She bought it from friend Kevin Carroll, who’s in a comedy troupe in Chicago, for $40, she recalls.
The learning process began with a few chords, she says. “Probably D, G and E,” she says. “I tried to piece a song together.”
Out came “Better Days,” which leads off the EP.
Greacen was working an internship at More Sound in Syracuse when Strodel enlisted him for her studio work and live band.
“He’s a good fit,” Strodel says. “I play drums for him when he plays his shows.”
Strodel still plays the blues with Michael DeLaney and The DeLinquents. She says those two projects will remain separate. She says she and DeLaney both agreed to keep the set lists apart.
The making of “Nights & Weekends” was a long and tough, 1 ½ year process.
And, one Strodel wouldn’t trade for anything.
“I was locked in my room. My sister and mother said, ‘What’s up with you?’ They don’t get it, but they are supportive. That’s all that matters,” Strodel says.
Where will the original music take her?
“I’m trying not to have too many expectations,” Strodel says. “I did what I set out to do. I’m glad.”
Here are her opening lines from “Better Days.”
“I’m going nowhere fast. I ain’t showing my past.” - The Post Standard


Nights & Weekends



Born and raised neck deep on the secure edge of an aging, gray upstate city, Strodel fought with the mundane by developing a high-energy, charismatic dynamo of a personality. When days delivered the typical, Elizabeth rewrote the rules and created adventure. When the walls of normal closed in, Strodel tore them down with two blazing drumsticks, a driving beat and an honest voice. Across the last decade, the drums, the music and the voice have successfully conquered the oppressive grip of normal and now rage to build a new landscape. A landscape in which honest, edgy expression make normal unacceptable.