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editor's note
Tilly and the Wall
March 5, 2008 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
by Adam Toth

Damn, I love Omaha.

The last time I saw Tilly and the Wall, they were opening for Bright Eyes on the "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" tour about three years ago. They played a strong set, but still had the typical aura of an "opening" band. Tonight, they were headlining, and damn, what a contrast.

Energy. "Tilly and the Wall!" Energy -- they bring it. From the drum roll and chanting in the beginning to the screaming out, "Thank you so much. We love you guys. Muah!" at the end of the show, Tilly and the Wall has one of the most fun and energetic shows (that's likely to slip under the radar) around. I think their new song "Beat Control" puts it best: "Let that beat control your body." If you do, it will. People were dancing, odoriferous bodies were sweating, mouths were singing. Tilly and the Wall's beats are somewhat remarkable, as they come not from an outstanding drummer, but from one mighty fine skilled tap dancer -- not only is it something you don't often see, but it's done well. No, this is not a novelty act.

Once you get past the powerful instrumentals, it's difficult not to notice the vocals of this band. Each of the vocalists plays a number of instruments -- from bass guitar to the recorder -- and each of their voices is nothing to complain about. Kianna Alarid and Neely Jenkins especially have absolutely beautiful voices, and combined with Derek Pressnall they make for a wonderful harmony.

Something that I'd like to add is just how happy Tilly and the Wall seemed on stage. Guitarist Derek looked like the happiest man on earth throughout the entire show, and the rest of the band were bubbling with smiles the entire time as well. Not only is it just awesome to watch a band having a good time but it really added to the crowd's energy and enthusiasm.

If you ever get the chance to see Tilly and the Wall, especially at a small venue like Chop Suey, take it.

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