Liily are not a band setting out to break standards. In a recent interview when asked “how are you trying to push the envelope in rock music” the band replied quite frankly “we’re not.” When their eyes were met with a tilted questioning head from the interviewer, they furthered: “we’re just trying to push ourselves.” It’s that very response that epitomizes what could easily be one of the best rock bands of this generation.
Liily, a group of hectic, energetic young men on the verge of adulthood are bred in Los Angeles, and signed to Southern California indie label Flush Records. They have cultivated a sound that oozes a new dawn of rock that caters to kids, fans, and old rock critics alike. Their sound sprawls a mixture of Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction, with influences ranging in everything from Ultimate Spinach and the local jazz station to Humble Pie and the new Foals album. Raised on internet culture where kids can seemingly digest the entire history of western music in a matter of months, Liily makes music that draws on all the jagged stimuli of their upbringings to make something distinctly their own. It’s suburban valley music from the future. Ones To Watch say “Liily is standing at the cusp of an electric guitar-led revolution.”
Truth is, Liily are those kids that were born to create. The guys do everything from album artwork and videography to curating their own festival ‘Brekfest’ for the underground rock scene in Los Angeles. Their ‘Brekfest’ festival ultimately became the centerpiece of an experimental, indie film titled “CITY / VALLEY,” including live performances and manic interviews with the likes of Starcrawler, Deap Vally, and all their local music allies.
Though there’s an endless rivalry between LA city and the valley, Liily are just the guys to bring the two together through the common ground of music.
“What I've noticed about LA is that with the right bands it's very inclusive,” says Charlie Anastasis. “Everybody looks out for each other. You stay away from those people who come here and try to screw over whomever they can just to get what they want. We want our music to be based on the warmth that comes from the outskirts of this town, rather than its cold, superficial center.”
Liily‘s debut song “Toro" is a classic early-days single with a massive shouting chorus “about fake-ass people,” according to vocalist Dylan Nash. More than any one lyric, it’s a statement of intent to go along with their live shows. “We like our music to make people crazy,” says guitar player Sam De La Torre. “It has a lot of energy. We want to make people move. When we write something, we want it to hit really hard. If we knock people out, we’ve done our job.”
Their local shows reflect that crazed manic intensity. Audiences of often underaged kids turn up to dance and absolutely tear the place apart alongside the band. Having started out playing mostly house parties and warehouses, it’s only in the last year that this new youth culture has even entered into nightclubs. Liily is gearing up for a tour with Bad Suns this Fall, following dates this year across the US, including festivals like SXSW, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The band has also performed in Europe, with headlining shows in London, a stint at UK’s Great Escape, and anopening slot for Weezer in Germany. Jack Saunders at BBC is a big fan of the group, and CLASH say “Liily have a dynamic that is all their own, matching angular songwriting to sheer relentless desire.”
Liily’s presence onstage conjures chaos likened to that of early 90s rock fandom, with each band member holding their own identities firmly, and all of them convulsing with their instruments, but in a way that somehow works as a stellar, cohesive visual.
The band’s debut EP I Can Fool Anybody In This Town, which Bandsintown deemed “a perfect mesh between classic punk and alternative rock. Combining Alex Turner-esque vocal stylings with masterful guitar work and booming drums, each track packs a solid punch.” is a prime example of their abilities. The freshly minted collection ranges in everything from modern indie rock to garage and psychedelia.
UPROXX, a big supporter of the band’s every move, said “Liily’s youthful vigor and mature mayhem could make them one of 2019’s best rock bands.” A bold, yet very likely statement. Whether it’s onstage on in-studio, Liily bring an energy that’s truly a rock identity all their own. Call it genre-bending, call ‘em disruptors; it’s simply Liily making the best music possible.