The first thing you have to mention when you're talking about Tilly and the Wall is the drummer. She, Jamie Williams, is a tap dancer. Literally. Her hoofing provides the beats for this utterly charming release. Wild Like Children is the Omaha quintet's first album and it is a straight-out-of-nowhere gem. The tap dancing is pretty darn cool. The moment when she breaks into the "Be My Baby" beat on "Fell Down the Stairs" or the couple of bars of wild soloing on "Reckless" are like nothing you've heard on a pop record. But before you write the group off as a novelty act, listen to the wrenching tale of lost love "Let It Rain" or the tough punk ramble "Nights of the Living Dead" or the sweeter-than-NutraSweet ballad "I Always Knew." The tap dancing doesn't even enter into it; these are just fabulous songs performed with passion and imagination. The vocals are 100 percent committed -- the male voices insistent, the female unerringly lovely. When the voices all mass together like near the end of "Reckless" or in the choruses of "A Perfect Fit" they sound like the hippest high-school choir ever. And despite the claims of the title, this record is totally high school. It's wrapped up in passion, each love being the one, each moment being the greatest or worst ever. The wildly careening music, the epic lyrics, the surging harmonies, the emotions in motion -- it sounds and feels like every high-school dance since the beginning of higher education. And if that isn't rock & roll enough for you, what possibly could be? So don't be calling Tilly and the Wall twee or precious or any of those code words that would consign them to the fringes of the music world. They are what rock & roll should always be about: passion, imagination, commitment, and songs that make you want to mend all the broken hearts you can find. Powerful stuff, indeed. Don't let it pass you by.
|Label:||Team Love Records|
Performance CreditsTilly and the Wall Primary Artist
Mike Sweeney Drums
Stephen Pedersen Vocals
A.J. Mogis Bass
Kianna Alarid Percussion,Vocals,Bells,Group Member
Jiha Lee Flute
Nate Walcott Trumpet
Neely Jenkins Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Gretta Cohn Cello
Derek Pressnall Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Nick White Piano,Keyboards,Bells,Group Member
Technical CreditsStephen Pedersen Engineer
A.J. Mogis Engineer
Blake Sennett Composer
Conor Oberst Engineer
Tilly and the Wall Composer
Derek Pressnall Artwork
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I saw them live at the Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia. They were opening for Rilo Kiley, and they were amazing. I RAN to the merch table after the show to buy this album, and I wasn't disappointed.
Having been a Tilly and the Wall fan for nearly five or six years now, they never, ever fail to impress me. Their sheer originality (a tap dancer in place of a drummer? don't tell me that's not at least a little cool) and omnipresent sense of fun could make even the grouchiest of people emit a smile or two. Layered, beautiful vocals; Guitar reminiscent of campfire singalongs; Stomping and clapping; A small handful of utterly danceable tracks. Tilly and the Wall will grace your ears with some of the most fun, energetic, unique music available.