When I considered what my next steps would be in forming a new band, I went back to those people I had met when I first moved to town. The people who had taught me how to be a real musician and who knew me better than anyone else. I wanted to start a band with my best friends, which is how I formed both the EMQ, my electronic project, and the Elizabeth McQueen Trio, my jazz project. The members of both groups are the same: Lauren Gurgiolo, who is known for her work with Okervill River plays guitar and Lindsay Greene, former bassist for Paula Nelson and Seth Walker, plays Moog and MicroKORG in the electronic project and upright bass in the jazz trio.
Lately, I’ve been exploring a broader musical landscape that I’m used to. For years I played some form of American roots music, whether it was country with the Firebrands, western swing with the Wheel or jazz with my solo project. With the Brothers Lazaroff collaboration and now EMQ, I’ve begun to incorporate non-roots sounds into my music. EMQ uses a drum machine rather than a live drummer. Lauren creates soundscapes, loops and experimental noise with her guitar work, and Lindsay’s use of analog synths recall the late 20th century pop music. Thematically, I’ve taken a more personal turn, trying to explore where I am, and where I feel many of us are at this stage in our lives — dealing with the realities of a life filled with commitments.