LIVE: Elizabeth & the Catapult @ HVCC, 9/25/09
Indie popsters Elizabeth & The Catapult rolled into Troy on Friday afternoon to play outdoors under the Student Pavilion canopy at Hudson Valley Community College. Led by singer-keyboardist Elizabeth Ziman, the quartet launched a matinee performance drawn primarily from the band’s recently released debut album, “Taller Children,” on the Verve/Forecast label.
Fighting off the chill in the air with her head wrapped in a shawl, Elizabeth sat at the electric piano looking more like a visiting Persian princess than a product of NYC’s Lower East Side club scene.
Singing a mix of pop, classic rock and jazzy soul, she bantered amiably with the audience between songs, while waves of smoke from a nearby outdoor grill cooking chicken wafted across the campus and past the band. Ending the set with a big smile, Elizabeth declared that she was feeling curiously hungry as her band mates nodded approvingly.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk