First Excommunications

by Elizabeth

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From early on, Elizabeth has been known as the band that exists outside the indierock orthodoxy. Something abaout this Vancouver, B.C. quartet’s unabashed embrace of great English songwriting and vocal rejection of the trendy trappings of contemporary indie dogma (read: whiney vocals and chintzy synths) raises the ire of the self-appointed keepers of cool. Fitting, then, that Elizabeth’s debut album should bear the name First Excommunications.

While most bands are indistinguishable in both name and sound these days, Elizabeth are focused internally, on the raw power and genuine expression that got them pegged as the band to watch. On “First Excommunications”, the band effectively dispatches the naysayers, dispenses with simplistic comparisons and fulfills the promise of their 2004 Blick EP with 11 sharp tracks that transcend the influences and flat out rock.

The band’s kinetic sound and take-noprisoners live show has placed them onstage alongside the likes of The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, Metric, and TV on the Radio. They have also been invited on tours with Hot Hot Heat, Death From Above 1979 and Controller.Controller.

In 2005, following triumphant festival performances at Pop Montreal and North By Northeast (where David Johansen of The New York Dolls was in attendance) the band unleashed the EP that solidified them as one of Vancouver’s most promising, and most contentious, bands. The buzz on Elizabeth reached a crescendo in 2006, when the band’s performance at New Music West earned them the title of “Best of the Fest” from CBC Radio 3.


released March 20, 2007

First Excommunications was recorded live off the floor over a period of 4 days in July 2006 at The Hive studios and was produced by Jesse Gander and Elizabeth.

Reggie Gill (Vox/Guitar)
Paul Gill (Drums)
Davor Katinic (Guitar)
Rory O’Sullivan (Bass)


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Elizabeth Vancouver, British Columbia

Elizabeth embodies the songs and attitude akin to an uprising. They have the look and sound of stone cold political assassins. They have the ambition. Will the mainstream allow them to enter, or will they need to kick down the door, sticking boot heel to throat? ... more


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