Liily might be young, but the West Coast quartet has already graduated from DIY house shows to venues and tours. They recently announced their forthcoming debut EP, teased several singles from it and released a new music video.
The four 19-year-olds who make up Liily, Maxx Morando (drums), Sam De La Torre (guitar) Charlie Anastasis (bass) and Dylan Nash (vocals) say they take notes from bands like Foals and Rage Against the Machine but their sound is all original.
Their debut EP I Can Fool Anybody In This Town (out 3/8) is a riot of distortion, grit and melodies that slip smoothly into your ears and swirl around your mind for hours after.
“It’s super relieving to finally get this EP out because we’ve been sitting on these songs for months now,” frontman Nash tells BTRtoday. “[We’re] constantly throwing ourselves into any creatively satisfying endeavor, which is helping us come up with really cool stuff.”
Their EP debut isn’t out until early March, but they’re already working on a full-length and are antsy to get that out to the public. In the meantime, catch them on tour from now until early May and read the entire interview with Liily below.
Liily, “Sepulveda Basin”
BTRtoday (BTR): Tell me about this debut EP, how does it feel to be getting this out?
Dylan Nash (DN): It’s super relieving to finally get this EP out because we’ve been sitting on these songs for months now. I think we are just excited to move on and start working on a new album.
BTR: What were some of the inspirations that went into the songwriting?
DN: I think the overall influences for this EP are the ones we grew up with, like Foals and Rage Against the Machine. We’re just starting to branch out influence wise (aside from the EP), just constantly throwing ourselves into any creatively satisfying endeavor, which is helping us come up with really cool stuff.
BTR: When did it click for you that you wanted to be a musician?
DN: I’ve always loved to sing but it wasn’t until I was put into this music program where I started performing at venues which really sparked my passion for playing and writing music.
BTR: Where’d the name Liily come from?
DN: We have a really good friend Lily, who Sam and Maxx were hanging out with one night. They were trying to come up with band names and nothing was clicking, so she suggested naming her name and it stuck.
BTR: Is there a story behind the EP name I Can Fool Anybody In This Town?
Charlie Anastasis: I was watching a live poetry reading that Charles Bukowski did and during the interview portion of the video he was talking about L.A. and suggested that he could “fool anybody in this town,” and I thought that was one of the best things anyone has ever said about L.A.
BTR: Are any disadvantages to joining the music industry so young?
DN: You can easily get caught up in the trends of being an artist, not being able to do anything genuine for yourself. It’s an industry so everyone is looking out for themselves and will try and tear you apart.
BTR: What does Liily have in store for the future?
DN: Well, we’re writing for a new album and we’re planning to play festivals and go on tour for the next six months, so we’re super excited for everything to come.