Tilly And The Wall - Hanbury Ballroom Brighton
Tilly and the Wall's second trip to the UK in 2006 sees them promoting their debut album "Wild like Children", released a couple of months ago. In the US, the album has been available for a year or so, their new release "Bottoms of Barrels" due to hit the streets soon.
The first thing you notice about a Tilly show is the unusual stage set up. Instead of a drumkit, in the middle of the stage sits a metal circle for Jamie Williams to tap out her rhythms, giving the band their unique sound. Vocalists Neely Jenkins and Kianna Alarid join in the accompaniment, stomping on the wooden blocks beneath them, with both band members on occasion playing bass. Derek Pressnall adds guitar and lead vocals to the mix while Nick White serves on keyboard and Ipod duty.
Tilly have a few slower songs in their set but they really come together during their more upbeat moments, with songs like "Fell Down the Stairs" and “Nights of the Living Dead", both lifted from "Wild Like Children".
Three songs were showcased from the new record - album opener "Rainbows in the Dark", US single "Bad Education" and "Sing Songs Along".
I've been lucky enough to see Tilly And The Wall live several times this year, and each performance has left me with a huge smile on my face.
Tilly And The Wall's UK tour continues until the 22nd of May.Dates can be found on the bandsMy Space page.
The album "Wild like children" is available now.