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It would be reductive to describe P.S. Eliot as a footnote in the careers of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and her sister Allison (Swearin', The Fizz). Instead, the group should be seen as a springboard that offered the twins a head-first leap into the life of professional musicianship. Five years after P.S. Eliot's dissolution, the Crutchfields have joined with guitarist Will Granger and bassist Katherine Simonetti to celebrate a reissue of their entire recorded output. Both of P.S. Eliot's full-lengths, a few EPs and countless demo recordings make up the extensive compilation 2007-2011, and it's easy to hear why the group became beloved by so many in such a short time.
As a warm-up for their string of reunion shows — including a date this weekend at the New Alternative Music Festival in Asbury Park, N.J., organized by Don Giovanni Records — P.S. Eliot stopped by WXPN's studios in Philadelphia to record a live session for the Indie Rock Hit Parade program. This was the first time the band had ever recorded a set for a radio show and, given the jammed schedules of each member, it might well be the last. (But we're looking forward to being proved wrong.)
Check out this performance of "Cry Uncle/Bear Named Otis," combining two songs from P.S. Eliot's 2010 EP Living In Squalor.
Hear P.S. Eliot's full session on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, starting Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 p.m. ET on WXPN.