Ellevator | Collective Arts Black Box Sessions

Ellevator performs "St. Cecilia" and "New Survival" live at Indie88 in the Collective Arts Black Box.

If you were at Field Trip this past weekend, hopefully you got a chance to catch Ellevator’s incredible set. Signed to Arts & Crafts in 2017, the experimental-pop band from Hamilton led by frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche, have since released a string of singles this year including “St. Cecilia” and “New Survival,” which they performed for us live in our Black Box studio.

“St. Cecilia”, is a song “for all the men who have ever harassed me,” says Bersche. “It’s a song for all the long stares and salacious grins, all the licked-lips and hey-sweethearts, all the shadows that walk a little too close behind me. It’s about the thick skin I put on when I walk alone or I’m on stage. I love the power of that skin, but I hate that I need to be tough to feel safe. Now a brief glance in the mirror turns to a thousand eyes ogling me up and down, unkind hands fussing with my appearance. They impair a kindness I used to carry so easily. St. Cecilia is my constant companion. The patron Saint of music, she’s with me in every dark bar, on every walk home. Watching my drink, watching my back, whispering a sweet melody in my ear.”