Tilly & the Wall: Live in Denton
I don't think anyone would argue that we could use a little female perspective around here at gorilla vs. bear. I'm painfully aware of that fact myself, so I decided to remedy the situation by asking the lovely Michelle to help me out from time to time. Miraculously, she said yes! Michelle is going to hook us up (regularly, I hope) with her thoughts on shows, new records, and whatever the hell else she wants to talk about. First up: last night's Tilly & The Wall show in Denton:
Last night, the party was at Hailey's. I must first mention that I was disappointed to find the night's openers, Now It's Overhead, playing without Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink (both of Azure Ray). Maybe I missed something, but according to Saddle Creek's website, they're still part of the band...weird. Andy Lemaster and his crew more than held their own though and put on a really good show. I spoke briefly with Andy and he mentioned that he'll be taking a break from producing to tour and promote their new album, Dark Light Daybreak, which will be out in September.
The crowd really came alive for Tilly and the Wall's set. The band that's known for their youthfulness, their tap dancing percussionist, and their stage antics, didn't disappoint. They started the show by leading everyone in a cheer ("When we say 'Tilly'--you say 'Wall!' When we say 'Oh'--you say 'Fuck'!) and for the rest of the set, didn't skip a beat. The energy stayed high, straight through to the show's closer (and highlight) "Night of the Living Dead." Sure, the band has "novelty" appeal (the show included a pinata game and inflatable tropical decorations), but they're quite original, charming, and certainly a lot of fun.
(click for larger image)
Derek Pressnall (vocals/guitar) was nice enough to write me out the set list:
WXPN and NPR Music present Psapp, Juana Molina and Jose Gonzalez live concert broadcast from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, tonight at 8 PM Eastern.