Formed as a vehicle for performing her own music, the band also includes Ashley Martin on guitar, Blair Condon on bass and Joe MacPhail on drums. “I really wanted to have something that I could have the full creative control of when we started,” Eliza says, “and it took a little while to get going and to get people who were into the idea of not being in a traditional band.
“When I found my drummer and guitarist, and recently my bass player, we were all after the same things and everyone liked the music so it all came together really well.
"It feels really good that everyone likes the music that I’m putting out, that they like it as much as I do and we all feel the same way about it, so it’s really rewarding for all of us.”
Formed in 2015, Eliza & The Delusionals released their debut single ‘The Ground’ in 2016, followed by another single ‘Salt’ later in the year. “After ‘Salt’ we did [current single] ‘Falling Out’, which was a few months ago and we are currently working on a debut EP,” Eliza says.
“A lot of people have been calling us ‘modern ‘90s’ in a way, so the EP really plays on that and the lyrical content is about growing up and everything changing around me in my life. It touches on that a bit.”
In a massive boost for the band’s motivation and their reputation, they recently supported late ‘90s Aussie grunge heavyweights Killing Heidi on their much-touted reunion tour in June. “It was really amazing,” Eliza says of the tour.
“We played venues that we had been dreaming about playing, but the home show at The Tivoli [Theatre, Brisbane] was awesome because that’s where I saw one of my first shows when I was 15.
“So it was super rewarding to play that venue and open for Killing Heidi. They’re such an amazing band and they’re so nice and friendly and everyone part of it was so cool, really.”
Later this year, Eliza & The Delusionals have a showcase performance at the Australian Music Week conference in Sydney where they’ll be playing their hearts out for the music industry’s tastemakers and top muckamucks.
“We’re really excited about [Australia Music Week] and we’re actually stoked we get to be part of it because we went over to Canadian Music Week earlier in the year, which is the same thing in Toronto. We’re excited to do it in our own country and with a few of our friends on the line-up as well.
“I’m definitely hoping to get more of a festival experience,” Eliza says of the conference showcase. “I’ve never been, so I don’t know what to expect but I do want to make more contacts and get in touch with other bands, musicians and people who are part of the industry.”
Eliza & The Delusionals perform as part of Australian Music Week (Sydney) 1-3 November. They also support City Calm Down at The Triffid (Brisbane) 16 September as well as Killing Heidi at Redland Bay Hotel (Brisbane) 17 November.