I first saw Tilly and the Wall some years ago at the Knitting Factory in New York. I had never been so immediately entranced by any band, nor had I ever seen so many feathers and balloons on a stage. They quickly became one of my favorites, but then one day, shortly after their Summer 2008 release O, they seemed to drop off the face of the Earth. Yikes! Has it seriously been four years since we last heard from them? Yes, yes it has. So, needless to say, I actually yelped when I heard that Omaha, Nebraska's own stomping, tapping, clapping babes have a new album called Heavy Mood, being released on Team Love on October 2nd. "But but but, that's so long from now!" Well, good thing we have a couple of sweet new tracks to hold us over.
Whoa, "Love Riot" is a bold start. Unexpected, even. It definitely has some Yeah Yeah Yeahs resonance, which makes sense since Nick Zinner had some involvement with the album. Ummm, can someone make a Karen O/Kianna Alarid (now Kianna Alarid Cameron–yeah, she got married during this four year Tilly silence) collaboration happen? Thanks.
"Static Expression" sounds like classic Tilly and the Wall. Like, if someone told me it was a bonus track from Wild Like Children, I'd believe them. It's a sweet little track, but definitely with a more complex array of instrumentals than usual.
This is supposedly going to be their most adventurous album to date, which is exciting, but it's clear, based on these two tracks alone, that they're retaining the high energy fabulousness that drew me in when I was 15, so do not fear—they didn't somehow lose their charm while they were gone. It'll be interesting to hear these songs within the context of the rest of the album. But unfortunately, we'll have to wait two more months.
Heavy Mood Tracklist:
1. Love Riot
2. Heavy Mood
3. All Kinds of Guns
4. Static Expressions
5. Thicker Than Thieves
6. Hey Rainbow
7. I Believe in You
8. Echo My Love
10. Defenders (keep an eye out, they're releasing a video for this song soon!)
They're also touring this Fall, so I suggest you get your butt out the door and see them before they decide to disappear again!
2012 Tour Dates:
10.06 - Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
10.07 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10.08 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
10.10 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10.12 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10.13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10.14 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10.16 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
10.17 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10.18 - Nashville, TN @ High Watt
10.20 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's
10.21 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
11.02 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
11.03 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11.05 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
11.06 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
11.08 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11.09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11.10 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
11.12 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11.13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11.16 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11.17 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's (downstairs)
11.21 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
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