Elliott – “U.S. Songs” LP
Elliott’s debut full-length U.S. Songs was released in ’98 and went on to become a massive album in America. The reports at the time indicated that they were an amazing live band, and as they never managed to make it over for a Euro tour, they remained relatively under appreciated on this side of the Atlantic. And that’s a shame, because, this is a strong, well executed debut album – a surging mix of Sunny Day Real Estate and Texas Is The Reason, along with the hardcore kick of Falling Forward (their earlier incarnation); in the process pre-empting bands like At The Drive-in and …Trail of Dead. With the dualing dynamics of the two guitarists and the hard-hitting propulsion of an amazing drummer, this is the sound of ’90s hardcore kids taking on indie rock and winning.