Elliott BROOD has never been an easy outfit to describe. Since forming in late 2002, their sounds have been labeled "death country", "blackgrass" and even "urban hillbilly", none of which truly capture the essence or energy of the band.With Elliott BROOD, the storytelling is paramount. The band presents tales from the dustier sides of life in dimly lit rooms with half empty bottles. Rhythmic banjo-led stomps and abusive acoustic strumming are married with an old time thump to paint the scenes and characters driving the stories. Mark Sasso's scratchy vocal delivery seems almost impossible at times ranging from whispered lullabies to nightmarish screams.
Tin Type, the band's first EP, was released in 2004 in Canada and launched what would become a busy touring career. A duo at the time, the band created an old-time feeling record with beautiful homemade packaging to compliment the stripped down sound of the recording. Through the help of Weewerk Records, the "little EP that could" saw the BROOD tour Canada nation-wide in the summer of 2004,which eventually led to their introduction and subsequent tour of mainland Europe the following year.
In October 2005, Elliott BROOD's first full length recording, AMBASSADOR was released through Six Shooter Records in Canada, the US, and Europe. Ambassador was recorded in an abandoned abattoir and revealed a more diverse side of the band. Rusty distorted guitar sounds and the "suitcase stomp" complimented beautiful and simple storytelling. The album was nominated for a Juno in Canada in 2006 for "Best Roots/Traditional Album", and the group won the "Galaxie Rising Star Award" in that same year for best new band in Canada. "The Bridge", the album's second single reached #2 on CBC's National Playlist in Canada. Ambassador's release prompted an even busier touring schedule, seeing the band cross Canada six times with two trips across Europe, sharing stages with such diverse acts as Wilco, Blue Rodeo, Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, Corb Lund and countless others.
Recording of Elliott BROOD’s much anticipated 2nd full length album is currently underway and is scheduled to be released in Canada in late spring 2008.
Elliott BROOD has developed a reputation as one of the busiest and most exciting live bands in Canada. Their energetic and raucous live performances have, and continue to captivate audiences everywhere.