is a dreamy pop rock band from Philadelphia. Angular guitar lines meet powerful and vulnerable vocals, drum machine, and synth to create energized, intricate soundscapes and melodies. Elizabeth released two previous albums under the name, Liz de Lise, but now takes the reins as frontwoman in her first collaboration with bassist/engineer/producer, Mark Watter and drummer, Taylor Cullen—dubbed: Lizdelise. de Lise’s wry storytelling still anchors this collection of songs, but the stories she’s telling--of growing up, the fragility of partnership, and childhood traumas that resurface in the most unexpected places--are now set on a wider stage. Inspired by months on the road together (in their ’94 GMC Jimmy) and the discovery of a secondhand drum machine, Lizdelise wrote and recorded the lion’s share of their new album, Holy Matrimony, in their West Philadelphia home studio and at The Headroom Philadelphia where Mark is a Staff Engineer. The band crafts a playful, ambitious sound that borrows from St. Vincent’s spare, angular guitars, Beach House’s lush arrangements, Wye Oak's nostalgic lyrics.
"Tell Me" is the first single off of Lizdelise's debut record, Holy Matrimony and was first premiered on Surviving the Golden Age in 2017. We hear de Lise describe her struggle with the weight of depression and the self-loathing that comes along with it, as she commands the listener to empty her out and fill her back up with “whatever they desire” her to be. It’s a playfully dark nod to the futility of trying to meet other’s expectations, and the struggle of so many woman-identifying people to be everything all at once. The song is further evidence of the band’s ability to make the heavy, intensely personal stuff accessible to the listener. “Tell Me” comes to a head with a dramatic key change, sparkling synths, and an infectious guitar riff. We hear the desperation to please painted in perfectly simple prose, sung by de Lise and Watter: “When you gonna tell me what you want?”