Hot girls’ band hails from B.C.
They had a song in the Disney film Freaky Friday, wrote a theme song for a WB show and made an appearance in YM to discuss makeup tips. Sounds like standard fare for a band of four girls in their late teens to mid-20s, right? Guess you don’t know Lillix very well.
Hailing from Cranbrook B.C. (drummer Alicia Warrington is from Saginaw, Mich.), the lifelong students of music have in their short professional time scored two 2004 Juno nominations, garnered positive attention from Rolling Stone and Spin and have pierced the Japanese Top 20 since releasing their first record Falling Uphill in 2003.
Sophomore album Inside The Hollow, which hit shelves yesterday, pulls from the band’s childhood favourites including Thin Lizzy, The Cure and the Pixies to name some and seems to come from a real place.
“We’re in our 20s now and as you grow you change a lot as a person,” guitarist Tasha-Ray Evin says. “You experience a lot of life and you pour it into the music.”
“I think that the new album shows what everyone wanted to be doing right now. A lot of the influences come through,” Warrington adds.
But Inside The Hollow, as effortless as it sounds, didn’t come easy. Several days before studio time, the grandfather of Lillix sisters Tasha-Ray and Lacey-Lee Evin (keyboards, vocals) died of cancer in March of 2005. Soldiering on, the girls recorded Just Like You, a tribute to their patriarch that praises without being ingratiating.
“That was totally unexpected,” Tasha says. “He’s my ‘Deda’ (Russian for grandfather). He was the rock of our whole family, and now we can’t go to him anymore … We got one good song out of the whole horrible experience. It wasn’t fun, but it brings people together at the end. We’re all closer now. You don’t what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
As one of the few current “girl” rock outfits, the ladies say they have a social responsibility to the listeners, maintaining that you can entertain and enlighten without shaking your booty in skimpy get-ups.
“We’re very aware that we’re in the public eye and that there are a lot of young girls watching us,” Warrington says. “With our recent video Sweet Temptation, we’re fully clothed, unlike some other artists who have to show their bodies. We’d like to be good examples for younger people. We’re about being yourself.”
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