Eliza & The Delusionals: “This album was such a cathartic outlet – and realistically, the only one we had”

Eliza & The Delusionals
(Image credit: Luke Henery)

Now And Then is an apt title for Eliza & The Delusionals’ debut album, blending the shimmer and pomp of modern-day production with the bubblegum blitheness of ‘90s indie-pop. Channeling cassette-tape classics like The Blue Nile, The Cranberries and Alanis Morissette, Eliza Klatt and co. bring the Limewire’d playlists of their youth into 2022 with a keen ear for the crisp and the cool – thanks in no short part to the soul-warming strums of guitarists Kurt Skuse and Tex Martin.

Most of Now And Then came to life in Skuse and Klatt’s home studio, but that wasn’t the plan: since their breakout in the mid-2010s, Eliza & The Delusionals have become a staple of the North American indie circuit, and before the pandemic hit, they were eyeing off a permanent relocation to LA. Alas, the world had other plans, and the band’s debut grew to become more of a homely affair. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…