Monday, May 15, 2006Tap Tap Tap
Tilly and the Wall are no ordinary band, which is probably why Architecture in Helsinki invited them along for some of their European dates. Tilly and the Wall are from Omaha, Nebraska, home of Saddle-Creek records, Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, etc etc etc. The sorrowful Mid-west, bang in the middle of the United States. And instead of drums, the rhythm section is rather comprised of a main tap-dancer, Jamie (female), with the two main singers, Kianna and Neely, providing additional (but not as complicated) tap rhythm. Their first album, Wild Like Children, was produced by Conor Oberst himself and is a lovely folky, quirky album with clear 60s girl groups and American Folk influences. It's all about being young and being alive and feeling like an outsider. To use modern vocabulary, it could be described as "a bit Emo", but certainly not in the screamo, horrible way. Just a little bit introspective and American sounding way. You know... the MySpace kids will like it! They have a new album coming out on 22nd May (UK) called Bottoms of Barrels, and if the new songs they played in Berlin and the crowd's reaction was anything to go by, we're in for a treat.