Hi. I’m Eli. I’m gonna talk about myself for a little while here, cause this is what they call in the biz – a “bio”. I usually find them pretty narcissistic so I won’t be offended if you put it down immediately. But if you really want to know, I’m five foot six and a half, unable to catch a ball, and anxious 40-60% of the time. I live in Los Angeles, California but i’m probably gonna move soon to the middle of nowhere. I’m 25. My mom forced me to start taking piano lessons when I was six, which I hated but now thank her for. When I was 14 I started realizing that I felt scared and sad all the time. Then I found a band called My Chemical Romance that told me it was okay to feel that way. Punk rock became my life and I started writing songs because I don’t know, I probably needed somewhere to put all the worry.
I moved to LA when I was 20, met this awesome guy Micah and we started this band called courtship. We’ve toured around the world with some of my favorite bands: Weezer, The Wombats, Passion Pit and many more. It was actually when we were on the road with Passion Pit that I started scribbling words in notebooks that would become the first Eli Hurts songs. I had just gone through “the big break up” and also had just been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. But not the kind where you need things to be tidy in your space – the kind where you have obsessive thoughts. I came to Michael (singer of passion pit) and kinda told him about the stuff going on in my head and also showed him some stuff I was working on. He was super supportive and also he gave me the confidence not to instantly quit lol.
Anyway, then I spent the next year and half writing and producing this record. I was listening to so much different stuff when I made it – Smashing Pumpkins, 100 gecs, Steven Sondheim musicals, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lil Peep, Classical music, Weezer of course. I’m so lucky to work with a couple of my best friends – Katie Pearlman who’s this crazy amazing songwriter, and my buddy Ethan Gruska who is (LITERALLY) going to be the biggest producer in the world. The record’s about feeling alone, like the world is falling apart, and heartbreak…Jesus. How depressing. I dunno, somehow by doing this it makes it all ok, or better than ok. Weird. Soooo….that’s my rant. Worth the read?