In 2010, Eliot Sumner released her debut album The Constant under I Blame Coco, a childhood nickname. Now, after four years of writing, touring and good old-fashioned growing up, she’s back - and this time, she’s casting off the fake band name for good.
Eliot’s brand new EP, Information is coming from a renewed sense of focus and clarity. While its three tracks still bear the electro-pop hallmarks of I Blame Coco’s output, there are some more surprising influences on there too, from her favourite band as a teenager, the Bad Seeds, to even more obscure sounds.
Now 24, Eliot has been playing music when since she was five, when she picked up a guitar and taught herself to play it. She was raised surrounded by musicians, and one day, she “started trying to mimic what people look like when they’re playing guitar.” She never looked back. At school she formed a band who trod the time-worn path of performing at talent shows.
Signing to a major early on, after she had begun to play gigs and write songs as I Blame Coco, was an experience which brought with it both positives and negatives. Eliot says now that it was a very young age to have to learn how to exist in that world.
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