Band page created in 2007.
Ill Ease, from Brooklyn New York, is the one-woman band in which Elizabeth Sharp plays guitar, bass, drums, tambourine, shaker, car horn and anything else that rattles, buzzes, shakes or hums in a riff-o-matic racket - all in "a flurry of intoxication" (Plan B).
Ill Ease began as a recording project when an old 8-track, a haunted piano and a guitar amp with no off-switch for the vibrato were left in an abandoned auto shop in Brooklyn. For several years thereafter, Elizabeth Sharp, aka Ill Ease, recorded pop songs with fiendish instrumentation in unusual locales - such as 2001's Live at the Holiday Sin, which was recorded in a hotel room in Atlantic City.
Live, this female-fronted, all-female band - with the unique combination of an all-female one-woman band behind her - is an experience not to be missed:
playing all the instruments herself, Sharp uses loops to build up dancey noise grooves: first thrashy drums playing hip hop beats, then heavy bass laying down sick grooves, then lo-fi fuzzed out guitars winding through the middle, and finally, toy instruments or unwieldy percussion vibrating on top.
In the past two years, ill ease has toured with and opened for bands like Deerhoof, Peter, Bjorn and John, Battles, The Fall, No Age, High Places, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Dirty Projectors, James Chance and Young Marble Giants!