The Elliotts


Good gracious. If there’s a band we want to go on the road with, of the hundreds and hundreds of features we’ve hung out with, we may want to hit the scene with Australia’s own The Elliotts the most. This sweet indie pop rock outfit (Robbie Elliott, Jimmy Howlett, Daine Spowart, Lewis Elliott) describes their tunes as “a hairy combination of fun melodies and harmonies”, but what really has us excited about this band is the good vibe they constantly exude. It’s more than just The Elliotts19396994_1367695499944373_6489839157664957968_nfun for these guys, this is an absolute labor of love that these friends were built for; they’ll play any time, anywhere, for anyone…they just seem so damn pleasant to be around!

Anyway, The Elliott’s have a new release out now that builds on their 2013 EP, Warriors, a fresh collection tiled Aeroplane. The guys say of the work, “Our Aeroplane EP is our most commercial offering to date. It holds a mirror to our society in this modern age.” Certainly check it out for yourself at http://www.elliottsband.com/ – do it fast, as The Elliotts are already looking forward to EP #3. Now, keep reading. There’s still so much more to dive into in all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: The Elliotts

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out from others in your genre?

The Elliotts (TE): We have a hairy combination of fun melodies and harmonies. We base our sound around Indie Pop/Rock and New wave genres. We focus on polishing our harmonies, writing good songs, and stage banter. But mostly it’s about how much fun we have.

PEV: Calling Melbourne, Australia home, what kind of music were you all into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

TE: Crowded House, The Beatles, The Killers. Our first concert we attended as a band was The Script at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne. We got free tickets through our record label.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?

TE: Our first gigs were when we were underage in pubs; we were super keen and absolutely willing to play anywhere anytime. We each came from small regional towns in Australia and we started to get lots of shows after we played every house party in town.

The Elliotts19224826_1366890910024832_2226821683973929637_nPEV: What can fans expect from a live The Elliotts show?

TE: To be entertained whilst we’re onstage and off. They’ll probably receive a free guitar pick and sticker, and (if you’re super lucky) a friend request from our guitarist. We just want the crowd to have fun.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

TE: ‘Fuck! Who wrote the set list?’

PEV: How has playing in The Elliotts been different from working with other artists or projects in the past?

TE: The Elliotts are definitely a DIY band, we travel all over the world and we don’t care if we go hungry. We just love traveling and playing music. We have a policy: we will do anything once, so if it works, then we do it again. Playing in The Elliotts is the best, we don’t know anything else.

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?

TE: Real life and our travels. We meet a lot of people on the road, so we sing songs about the people and experiences that we have.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

TE: Trial and error – we basically take every gig as it comes, learn from things we did and move on. We definitely know how we got here, but the fun part is not knowing which country, state or town you’ll turn up to next.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of The Elliotts?

Robbie Elliott (RE): I’m a twin.

Jimmy Howlett (JH): I secretly love Champagne.

Lewis Elliott (LE): I eat my body weight daily.
TE: We all ride motorbikes.

PEV: What can fans expect from your newest EP, Aeroplane?  Tell us about the writing process behind this work.

TE: Our Aeroplane EP is our most commercial offering to date. It holds a mirror to our society in this modern age.

The Elliotts19149026_1366889493358307_3475624722438882206_nPEV: What is the feeling you get after a song or album is complete and you can sit back and listen to it in full? 

TE: When we listen back we kick the heels up, put the record on, have a few beers and have a party. Each record represents us and where we were at the time so senses of euphoria and satisfaction come to mind. In addition, listening to your record often helps to set new goals: if there is anything at all that could be improved we immediately start working towards that for the next record.

PEV: What would you say is the biggest challenge for musicians trying to make a name for themselves these days?

TE: There is a constant battle with money – people will always ask you to play for free. We can’t play for free. It is all about the music and songs, focus on that first, nothing else.

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

TE: Canada, Seattle, South America, and Iceland.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?

TE: It’s daunting to play in front of your hometown, there is a lot of pressure on a show like that but they are always the best gigs. Our friends and family are very supportive, which is the reason we are still a band.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

RE: Sleeping.

JH: Not leaving the house, cooking food, drinking wine with the cheese and kisses (Mrs).

LE: Anything outdoors and eating peanut butter.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

TE: Paul McCartney please. Because we would absolutely get along…or feel like we’d get along :). And John Lennon. Same reasons.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

TE: Three great Aussie bands breaking through:

  • Tash Sultana
  • Josh Cashman
  • Surreal Estate Agents

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think each of you would be doing for a career?

RE: Actor.
JH: Twistie truck driver.
LE: Engineer of some description.

PEV: So, what is next for The Elliotts?

TE: Recording our third EP with Nick Didia in Byron Bay, Australia. World Tour.

For more information, click to http://www.elliottsband.com/.

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