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 (less so in Europe, for some reason). A surging mix of Sunny Day Real Estate and Texas Is The Reason, along with the hardcore kick of Falling Forward (their earlier incarnation). 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.