When they’re not tearing a San Fernando Valley basement to shreds, you’re likely to find LA-based foursome, Liily, buying expensive guitars and taking long walks on the beach (as gathered via their Facebook). Aside from their mellow antics and the fact that they’re fairly new to the scene, upon first listen, it’s clear that these boys have something up their sleeves.
On March 8, the band released their debut EP, I Can Fool Anybody in This Town, via Flush Records and it’s 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. Leading track, “Toro,” for example, makes it impossible not to want to shimmy along with the shrieking guitar solo.
With their powerfully bold debut, one might wonder what genres and specific artists might’ve influenced Liily to pursue the style and sound that they have. With that in mind, we asked Liily—Maxx Morando (drums), Sam de la Torre (guitar), Charlie Anastasis (bass), and Dylan Nash (vocals)—to compile a list of their personal favorite post-punk albums. Their choices, needless to say, are pretty extraordinary.
Check out their picks below!
One of the first “punk” albums I listened to at a young age. A lot of the sounds the other songs carry on this list were influenced by this type of record. One of my only favorite Replacements records.
The early Iceage records introduced me to the more darker side of the post-punk genre. This album (You’re Nothing) is one of my favorites by them and I continue to turn people onto it.
I am a huge Nick Cave fan so it was only a matter of time before I stumbled into the earliest parts of his musical career. This song is off of The Birthday Party’s first album and even though it was hard to pick one song off of this record I think that is encompasses what the entire album sounds like and is about. It’s heavily experimental without becoming too self indulgent.
The Fall has many, many different sounding records. This album in particular (Grotesque) highlights some of their more post-punk roots.
This one record store was playing the entire Jeopardy album by the Sound, it introduced me to the post-punkish sound. Jeopardy is by far their most important record in their discography, and this particular song is a highlight of it.
I have a lot of friends that are really into Hüsker Dü and because of this, they have always been a band on my radar. It wasn’t until recently that I sat down and listened to New Day Rising and this is of course the opening track. This album has become, overnight, one of my favorite albums of all time and this track is at the front of it all.
We're all fans of noise and math rock and this song was my personal gateway into that whole world. The only take away I had from the first time I heard it was that I had no idea what to think of it. I didn’t know if I hated it or if I liked it, this led me to keep coming back and re-listening and eventually listening to the entire album every day.
I personally feel that Public Image is John Lydon’s finest moment in his career, particularly this first album. I think from side to side, it paints a clear and uncomfortable picture and this opening track sets the tone for the rest of the album in the best way.
The first time I heard this song, we were on tour on the East Coast in February and it was -10 degrees outside and we were all absolutely depressed. Maxx was listening to music and I asked what he was listening too and he played me this song. Immediately after I heard it I became the biggest IDLES fan of all time, going back and listening to everything that they have put out.
This was my entry to Nick Cave and it has had a longer lasting effect on me than most other records I love. This song is unforgiving and brutal and genius.
Liily is heading out on the road with California gems, Bad Suns, this fall!
July 2 - Hamburg, DE - Stadtpark Open Air (w. Weezer)
July 6 - Czech Republic - Hradec Kravlove - Rock for People
July 23 - Boston, MA - Café 939
July 24 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
July 25 - Washington DC - Pie Shop
July 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Everybody Hits
July 31 - Little Chute, WI - Bazaar After Dark
Aug 1 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean (Official Lollapalooza Aftershow) (w. Mondo Cozmo)
Aug 2 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Sep 7 -- Lawrence, KS -- The Granada Theater ^
Sep 8 -- St. Louis, MO -- The Ready Room ^
Sep 10 -- Indianapolis, IN -- Deluxe at Old National Centre ^
Sep 11 -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Mr. Smalls Theatre ^
Sep 13 -- Cincinnati, OH -- 20th Century Theater ^
Sep 14 -- Louisville, KY -- Headliners Music Hall ^
Sep 17 -- Cleveland, OH -- House of Blues ^
Sep 18 -- Buffalo, NY -- Town Ballroom ^
Sep 20 -- Albany, NY -- Lucky Strike Social ^
Sep 21 -- Montreal, CA -- Le Ministere ^
Sep 22 -- Portland, ME -- Port City Music Hall ^
Sep 24 -- Baltimore, MD -- Rams Head Live ^
Sep 26 -- Asheville, NC -- The Orange Peel ^
Sep 27 -- Richmond, VA -- The National ^
Sep 28 -- Charleston, SC -- Music Farm ^
Oct 1 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL -- Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ^
Oct 2 -- Orlando, FL -- The Beacham ^
Oct 4 -- Birmingham, AL -- WorkPlay Soundstage ^
Oct 5 -- Little Rock, AR -- Revolution Music Room ^
Oct 6 -- Tulsa, OK -- Cain's Ballroom ^
Oct 8 -- San Antonio, TX -- Paper Tiger ^
Oct 9 -- El Paso, TX -- The Lowbrow Palace ^
Oct 11 -- Phoenix, AZ -- The Van Buren ^
Oct 12 -- Pomona, CA -- The Glass House ^
Oct 25-27 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo
^ supporting Bad Suns