Tilly And The Wall - Pressure Point Brighton
The Tap dancing Tilly And The wall returned to the UK recently to play festival shows alongside several headline dates.
The band have seen their fan base increase due to well received sets at the Reading and Leeds festivals creating a host of new converts.
The recent shows I've attended have all been full as their most recent fans bring friends along to experience Tilly's upbeat performance.
I was slightly anxious for the Omaha five piece as Brazil's finest export - CSS were playing Brighton the same night.My fears were unfounded as the venue filled up fairly quickly, although it seemed a slightly older audience than the average Tilly show.
September sees the release on Moshi Moshi records of the bands second album "Bottoms of barrels".Released in May in the US, barrels is a far more polished affair than debut "Wild like children", seeing the band experimenting with their sound and bringing Jamie's tap beats higher in the mix.
A Tilly And The Wall live show is always interesting to watch first time round as it's fascinating to see how they create their sound.Derek,Kianna and Neely all sing vocals with Derek playing acoustic guitar and the two girls sharing bass dutys.Jamie puts down the rhythm to the songs by tap dancing on a large metal circle which is mic'd through the P.A.Kianna and Neely add additional rhythms by beating out their steps standing on wooden platforms while Keyboard player Nick adds the final touch to the bands creations.
Tilly's set consisted of songs from both albums,starting with "Fell down the stairs".I prefer Tilly's rowdier songs so was happy when this led into another upbeat number "Sing songs along".The band had asked the audience to join in the closing refrain of "Let Us Be Free" and it was fun to hear several voices around me granting their request.
The band have released several singles in the UK this year and each managed to make it into their set,including their most recent double "A" side single "Bad education" / "Rainbows in the dark"."Bad education" was the bands final number and is probably Tilly's finest moment to date.The audience certainly seemed to enjoy it as the calls for an encore were deafening.
The band returned to the stage minus Jamie and played "Pictures of houses" from their debut mini album "Woo".No tap was needed until the second half of the song so Jamie was given a couple of extra minutes to get her breath back after her previous rigorous workout.The band asked if anyone had any requests and I was lucky enough to get one of my favourites from "Bottoms of barrels" - "Lost girls" played for me.Tilly ended with what comes across as their mission statement "Nights of the living dead".A celebration of late nights and going crazy! Singer Kianna brought two younger audience members on stage to join in with the singing sending them home with a huge smile on their face.
Tilly And The Wall play the End Of The Road festival on Sunday the 17th, London's Luminaire on Monday the 18th and London's Islington Academy on Thursday the 21st of September.The band return to the UK for more dates in November.