Eliza & The Delusionals are one of Australia’s most brightly indie-pop luminaries – they’ve got a fuzzy yet undeniably catchy and upbeat sound that screams summer and massive sing-a-longs, in a similar vein to some of our favourite acts like The Killers and The 1975.
They’ve recently just wrapped up their tour with fellow Aussie’s Tiny Little Houses, taking their energetic live show around the country to packed rooms, wooing audience’s with their incredible song-craft and charm.
Since they’ve got us swept up in their cool-as-heck aura, we thought it’d be cool to get some insight into what it’s like to actually live out the total rockstar dream. Here’s what they had to say!
What’s your favourite tour memory? Onstage and off.
One of our favourite tour memories was definitely opening for Killing Heidi at The Tivoli in Brisbane. It’s one of our favourite venues in the country and it was a dream come true to perform on that stage.
How have you developed your live show since you started performing as a band? Did it take a while to really feel that chemistry as a band live onstage?
I think after we really started working on defining our sound and what we wanted our live show to be like, we really started to gel. I think it’s really important to have that clear direction within the live show, especially doing a bunch of dates consecutively on a tour.
How do you prepare before heading out on stage? Do you have any pre-stage rituals?
I like to do a few vocal warm ups, but mostly just banter to keep the vibes up before the set!
Favourite city you’ve visited whilst touring? What did you love about it?
We always have a great time in Melbourne. We just love the crowd vibe there and the venues are always really great.
What’s the hardest part about being on tour? What’ve you learnt from these more trying moments?
Definitely running on a lack of sleep. It’s really hard to fit in a good rest when you’ve got at flight at 5am after playing a show the night before, loading out and getting back to the hotel at 1am. I guess we’ve learnt to try and sleep wherever we can when traveling between cities!
What advice would you give to aspiring performers?
Just keep going and doing your own thing and do anything you can to reach your own version of success.
Favourite song to perform live?
I think right now my favourite song to perform live is Deep End. At the end of last year we released a music video from it with the help of Triple J, and when people sing along there’s just a really great energy there.
What band would it be your absolute dream come true to tour with (active or inactive)
I’d have to say Catfish & the Bottlemen are definitely up there, they’re one of our biggest influences so it would be a dream to tour with them.
What was the first gig/ concert you ever attended?
The first concert I went to was Coldplay at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in 2009.