Ellevator rides Hamilton with debut album
Sometimes it’s best to avoid your own personal experiences when writing a song. Better not to say too much about what is going on in your head. But sometimes it is unavoidable.
Thus, Nabi Sue Bersche found while writing the song “Easy”, one of the first singles released from the debut album “The Words You Spoke Still Move Me” by the indie-rock band from Hamilton. Lift.
Nabi was raised on a farm outside Guelph in an Evangelical Christian tradition, which included speaking in tongues and an intense belief in miracles. After graduating from high school at the age of 17, she ventured to Australia where she joined an even more intense Pentecostal offshoot.
She left the band, which Nabi now describes as a cult following, after about six months, returning to Canada where she joined her husband, Tyler Bersche (guitars), and close friend, Elliott Gwynne (keyboards, bass), to form the band that would become Ellevator.
“There’s a lot to say about this period of my life, so I’m having a hard time knowing where to start,” Nabi says of his contact with extreme religion. “I am an intense person and I like to devote myself to the people and things I love. I don’t think I wanted to have one foot in and one foot out.
“I have chosen to participate in many situations involving religion. I have grown and learned a great deal about myself through these experiences, whether strictly positive or not.”
The lyrics of “Easy”, wrapped in a catchy synth-pop melody, are sometimes bitter, but above all contemplative:
The handful of flowers we were given the day we were saved
Are blue and gold
And they smell like honey
They all dried up
But they were once so beautiful
Tyler adds: “Learning to analyze what is good and what is bad in these things that have been entrusted to us is not only the work of becoming an adult, but also the work of art, (deciding) what is worth worth keeping and what is worth throwing away.
“The Words You Spoke Still Move Me” was released May 6 on Arts and Crafts, the ultra-hip Toronto label behind art-rock bands like Metric, Stars, Feist and Broken Social Scene. Ellevator will perform a record launch show for the album on Friday, May 27 at the club in Hamilton Bridges (200 Caroline St. N.).
The 12 titles of the album are not all as autobiographical as “Easy”. Nabi learns to express his vision of the world through the prism of external characters, sometimes fictitious. But “escape” remains a recurring theme.
On the song “Slip”, adapted for the radio, singer Nabi assumes the role of a seal woman (or selkie in the Celtic tradition) escaping the clutches of a mythical beast. And the irresistibly amusing “Charlie IO,” tells the story of a young man who tries to find his inner self through hallucinogenic drugs.
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“This song is not from personal experience,” Nabi points out when asked about Charlie IO. “Charlie IO is an interesting character. Sometimes we focus too much on ourselves and it can become something that gets in the way of our experience of the world and gets in the way of our relationships.
Following Nabi’s return from Australia to Canada, the newly formed band moved from Guelph to Hamilton in 2010, working under the roots folk-rock name Medicine Hat. The band moved into a more synth-rock direction and, after signing with Arts and Crafts, changed their name to Ellevator, releasing a self-titled EP in 2018 and earning a spot on the Tim Hortons Field stage in front of 24,000 fans as one of the first. acts for the Arkells rally concert.
When Arts and Crafts decided it was time for a full album, the band was encouraged to put together a list of “dream producers” to work with. At the top of the list was Chris Walla, former guitarist and producer of the American band Death Cab For Cutie. To Ellevator’s surprise, Walla accepted the assignment.
Video directed and shot by Cam Veitch
“The Words You Spoke Still Move Me” was recorded over a seven-month period at Tape and Catherine North studios in Hamilton, Tragically Hip’s Bathouse studio near Kingston, and Walla studio in Seattle.
“I think he took what was there, which in our case are very contrasting and dramatic rock songs with big ups and downs, and he just turned the dial on all of that,” Tyler tells about the production of Walla. “The loud parts became incredibly loud and the quiet parts became a real whisper. He turned the dial on our strengths.