|The Wig with Tilly and the Wall|
|September 29, 2004
interview by Ashley Graham
|As they departed on their tour with Rilo Kiley, The Wig sent questions to Omaha's Tilly and the Wall. The kids of Tilly had this to say.
THE WIG: You're about to go on tour with Rilo Kiley. What sort of preparation and anxiety goes into a tour? What are your goals for this tour?
KIANNA ALARID: A lot goes into getting ready for a tour - ordering merchandise to sell, saying goodbye to friends, packing...
DEREK PRESSNALL: A lot of laundry.
JAMIE WILLIAMS: As far as the goals go, we want to promote our new album, "Wild Like Children," and not break too many guitar strings.
TW: What does it feel like to have the full-length album out?
KA: Having a full length album out is something we've all dreamt about our whole lives. It feels amazing.
TW: What was the recording process like for "Wild Like Children"?
JW: The whole recording process was very DIY. We recorded in the kitchen and the living room and the basement of our friend's house, trying different set-ups. It was then interesting because we took those recordings to an actual studio to smooth things out. That's where we really figured out the shape the album was taking.
TW: What do you find inspiring your songwriting?
DP: Punk rock and friends.
NEELY JENKINS: Kids and mountains.
NICK WHITE: Anything with spirit and personality.
JW: We draw from all different aspects of life for inspiration, like touring and just hanging out with friends.
TW: What music do you see as influential to you, past and present?
NW: Cocorosie, Leonard Cohen...
DP: Jonathan Richman, Concretes...
KA: Slayer, Daniel Johnston, Nine Inch Nails, Bjork...
NJ: The Cure.
JW: Wham!, Elliott Smith, Simon and Garfunkel...
TW: How do you like being with Team Love? How has the experience been so far?
JW: We love being on Team Love. Nate and Conor treat us like family, and we couldn't ask for anything more.
TW: What do you think of the Omaha music scene? What does it mean to you to be coming from it?
NW: The Omaha music scene is always changing and growing. Everyone tries to support everyone else. To come from the Omaha music scene is to have a foundation for whatever you choose to make, however relevant or obscure.
TW: Why choose music?
DP: We all make other forms of art as well. Right now making songs and playing shows are what make us happy.
TW: With all that is going on with music today, what makes yours unique? What makes you stand out?
DP: We try to put a lot of feeling and soul into our songs, and the product is a blend of all five of our personalities, which is naturally going to be different from other personalities. (Yes we also have a tap-dancer.)
TW: What is in the future for Tilly and the Wall?
KA: We're going to make more music and continue to tour until it's no longer fun.
For more information about Tilly and the Wall, go to their website www.tillyandthewall.com