Elliot was amazing. I never got to see them. But a friend of mine, Jerimiah Momper, who recorded some guitar tracks on The Transition Radio EP had the pleasure of touring with them in the late 90's prior to his departure from another influential band from that time.
I have a soft spot for Elliot, because a lady friend with whom I was staying with off and on while finishing an album in early 2003 had a knack from playing False Cathedrals. The song drive on to me works as some sort of sonic pheremones. Love Making soon follows.
elliott was anthemic to me. they wrote simple and genius songs. what's with the lack of love for song in the air, though? the last record was fantastic, albeit no u.s. or cathedrals, but they expanded and still wrote brilliantly. if only there were more bands like this still making music...
I just bought Song In The Air on vinyl a couple weeks ago. That album is incredible. There's nothing better to listen to when you just feel chill. I highly recommend that album. False Cathedrals was great - but Song In The Air was a classic.
Bought both of those on vinyl and they are so great to just chill to.
the last time i saw them was @ krazy fest in louisville in 01. it was one of the best live sets i've ever seen. earlier that year i happened to be in louisville for the x games trials and stumbled into a record store where i bought an elliot t shirt. the guy gave it to me for free saying he wanted that shit out of there cause he used to play guitar in the band and now hated them!
if False Cathedrals doesn't fit into your definition of "emo" as a musical style, then it never existed, and isn't worthy of this album, i mean every friggin song, classic, blessed by your own ghost, drive on to me, that coulda been on the radio, deserved to be, still does.