Like It Never Happened is the product of Elizabeth & The Catapult’s namesake Elizabeth Ziman’s creative labors over the past year and a half. After a split with Verve Records, Ziman took to busking in the subways of her beloved New York to teach herself to play guitar. Long a piano-centric performer and songwriter, the guitar revitalized Ziman and led to an outpouring of new songs. Ziman originally intended to record the new material with musical idol Richard Swift, but her focus shifted as former bandmate Dan Molad (Lucius, Here We Go Magic) stepped in. Like It Never Happened was co-produced by Molad and another former bandmate Peter Lalish (Lucius).
As Elizabeth & the Catapult, Ziman has released two full-length albums and a self-produced, recorded and released EP. 2009’s Taller Children was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and featured collaborations with Tilly and the Wall. The band’s second full-length was The Other Side of Zero, produced by Tony Berg (Aimee Mann) and featuring Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The Other Side of Zero, which drew interest from Anne Hathaway who used the album’s track “Thank You For Nothing” as inspiration for her hair cutting scene in Les Miserables. Hathaway later cast Elizabeth as a street musician in the film, Song One, about New York Musicians. Since The Other Side of Zero, Elizabeth & the Catapult has reformed as Ziman along with Jonno Linden (guitar/vocals), Jeske Hume (bass/vocals), Adam Minkoff (drums/bass/vocals), and Lauren Balthrop of Dear Georgiana (vocals/guitar/piano). The last few years have found the band touring with Sara Bareilles, Greg Laswell, Lenka and Kishi Bashi as well as backup support for The Shins and The Waterboys.