Reviews

Eliza & The Delusionals heat things up at The Lunchbox

Written & photographed by: Carmen Garza

Date: March 1st, 2020

They came from a Land Down Under.  Introducing Eliza Klatt, Kurt, Tex and Ruby of Eliza & The Delusionals - Australia’s premier indie rock band.  These young rockers trekked across North America, saw the world through rose colored glasses and spread good cheer after having finished opening for Los Angeles alt group Silversun Pickups on a few west coast dates. They made their Phoenix debut as headliner at The Lunchbox on Wednesday, February 26.

 

Fresh, energetic and fun are words that accurately describe the scene that evening.  The musicians filled the intimate venue, of even younger individuals, with a unique sound that is quickly becoming a signature personifying the Brisbane band and their talents.  These performers weren’t afraid to let their hair down as each member performed with confidence, flair and raw expression.   

 

Eliza & The Delusionals members are definitely brilliant, but they are also very down to earth.  At one point, Eliza even commented on how cool the outside temperature was and how she had hoped for a sultry, heat that the Phoenix desert is known for.  Instead, the musical act brought their own heat and lit up the room with their sizzling music.

 

Setlist:

“Swimming Pool”

“Deep End”

“19”

“Cigarette”

“Jackie”

“Feel It All”

“Alive”

“Half Empty”

“Pull Apart”

“Just Exist”

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These Aussies had been preparing to head out on their SiriusXM Advanced Placement tour (opening for beabadoobee) in March and support for PVRIS on their May/June tour, but the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused them to postpone that part of their tour.  Don’t fret.  Eliza & The Delusionals are in the process of rescheduling the show dates, so the chances of being able to see them live in concert is absolutely doable.

 

If you are craving for a fresh, new sound on the music frontier, you will instantly become an appreciative fan of the Land Down Under’s Eliza & The Delusionals.  Click on the following link to see why they are gaining new admirers everyday.  Crikey!

 

https://www.elizaandthedelusionals.com.

Everclear’s Art Keeps Shining

Written & photographed by: Carmen Garza

Date: November 17th, 2019

A spry and “take-no-shit” from hecklers Art Alexakis, singer-songwriter, guitarist of Everclear took the stage at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona during his November 17 stop on his current solo acoustic tour.  The tireless musician has been on tour promoting his new album “Sun Songs” since May 2019 and seemed at home with his fans gathered to see one of their favorite performing artists.

 

Life imitates art or, as in this case, Art imitates life as it is brilliantly depicted in each of his song lyrics.  For instance, consider these words from the poignant Everclear song “Everything To Everyone” - “...I think you like to be the victim. I think you like to be in pain.  I think you make yourself a victim almost every single day...” and in the emotional tune “Father Of Mine” - “...I will never be safe.  I will never be sane.  I will always be weird inside.  I will always be lame.  Now I’m a grown man with a child of my own and I swear I’m not going to let her know all the pain I have known...”

 

The show was very chill and laid back until someone in the crowd boldly asked if Art was going to perform any Everclear hits, which he irritably responded, “Who do you think fucking wrote those songs?”.  During the song “Sing Away”, Alexakis brought out his stately twelve-string guitar and strummed the instrument with finesse, grace and fire.   The entire performance was filled with highs and lows as far as emotions were concerned, but either way it was definitely a trip down memory lane. 

 

Main acoustic setlist:

“Songs From An American Movie”

“Sunshine Lovesong”

“I Will Buy You A New Life”

“Heartspark Dollarsign”

“Learning How To Smile”

“Line In The Sand”

“Father Of Mine”

“Thrift Store Chair”

“Loser Makes Good”

“Sing Away”

“The Hot Water Test”

“Everything To Everyone”

“Wonderful”

“Santa Monica”

“Surly Juke Box”

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Alexakis had more surprises up his sleeve when he presented the audience with an intimate, sit-down session, where fans were able to make song requests personally by microphone.  This was in addition to his first set, where he profoundly wasn’t taking any requests whatsoever. 

 

Song requests from the wooden chair:

“Annabella’s Song”

“The Man Who Broke His Own Heart”

“Don’t Fall Down Now”

“Portland Rain”

“Sunflowers”

“White Men In Black Suits”

“A House With A Pool”

“A Country Song”

 

There’s still time to experience the gift of Art Alexakis’ intimate acoustic show.  Go to the link to see when he will be in your neck of the woods - https://www.everclearmusic.com/tour.