Liily are five Los Angeles teenagers hailing from deep in the San Fernando Valley to the edges of the Inland Empire. Emerging from a new and burgeoning culture of youths in the city, their wildly frenetic shows point to a new vision for alternative and hard rock music in 2018 where such things arent supposed to exist anymore: one that is actually a hell of a lot of fun.
Inhabiting a diverse, sprawling city where both Odd Future and Janes Addiction somehow seem to have crossed their paths, as well as having been raised on a wild internet culture where music lovers can seemingly digest the entire history of western music in a matter of months, Liily makes music that draws on all the jagged stimuli of their upbringings to make something distinctly Los Angeles in 2018. Its suburban valley music from the future, even as it calls back to 1991.
Liily's debut song Toro, out August 17, is a classic early-days single with a massive shouting chorus about fake-ass people, according to vocalist Dylan Nash. More than any one lyric, its a statement of intent to go along with their live shows. We like our music to make people crazy, says guitar player Sam De La Torre. It has a lot of energy. We want to make people move. When we write something, we want it to hit really hard. If we knock people out, weve done our job.
Liilys local shows reflect that crazed manic intensity. Their fans have turned up to dance and absolutely tear the place apart alongside the band. Having started out playing mostly house parties and warehouses, its only recently that the band has started entering into nightclubs to bring that same energy.
What Ive noticed about L.A. is that with the right bands its very inclusive, says Charlie Anastasis. Everybody looks out for each other. You stay away from those people who come here and try to screw over whomever they can just to get what they want. We want our music to be based on the warmth that comes from the outskirts of this town, rather than its cold, superficial center.
Toro will be followed by a full EP this fall that sets out to bring that strange nascent feeling of a new community to the world. Their music is the sound of a gang of teenagers kicking the shit out of every room they play, harkening in a new generation of bands with guitars and leading a culture that promises exuberant inclusivity: everyone can jump into Liilys mosh pit.