For those of you who may have never heard of Tilly And The Wall, let’s get acquainted, shall we?
The band is made up of 5 members: Derek, Kianna, Nick, Neely, and Jamie. They’re from Omaha, once a hotbed of indie rock royalty and now, well, STILL a hotbed of indie rock royalty. It’s been tough to pinpoint any one “sound” coming out of the Omaha scene, as artists as varied as folksy, Bright Eyes, and dance punksters, The Faint, both hail from the big O. (The big O is probably the nickname of another city, but just roll with it, ok?)
I came across Tilly And The Wall in the most random of ways. Before the days of Shazaam, anytime I heard a song that I liked, I would listen for the chorus and either write down the lyrics or text them to myself. One day, probably about 4 years ago, I was out in LA celebrating a friend’s birthday at a Rollergirls event (I think that’s what it’s called) and a song came on that sounded like a punk rock cheerleading anthem if sung by Joan Jett and Le Tigre. (Not that I have a thing for cheerleading anthems per se, but this song was pretty hot.) I wrote down the lyrics, “Pot kettle pot kettle black, talk that talk that smack,” Google’d them, and the rest is history.
Tilly And The Wall are just about to release their 4th album, Heavy Mood, and I am seriously impressed. I liked their last album, O, but didn’t love it nearly as much as I do this one. Similar to O, Heavy Mood is full of toe tapping rrriot masterpieces, but there’s some sensitivity thrown in as well, as evidenced on the gorgeous “I Believe In You.”
The vocals are mostly female lead, but there are plenty of dueling male vocals thrown in as well, not unlike Imperial Teen’s tried and true formula that they’ve mastered for years.
My two favorite tracks are probably the catchy upbeat title track and the vaguely country “All Kinds Of Guns.” Listen to both below.
*Tilly And The Wall’s 4th album, Heavy Mood, is out 2 October via Team Love.
Tilly And The Wall “Heavy Mood”
Tilly And The Wall “All Kinds Of Guns”