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The Lillingtons

The Lillingtons

MakeWar, Crossed Keys

Wed, April 25, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

The Lillingtons
The Lillingtons
It’s been over a decade since The Lillingtons released a full-length album—and an anomaly of a record at that. 2006’s The Too Late Show proved The Lillingtons were just as powerful as they were in their initial run, even if the band wasn’t inclined to hop back in the van and be a full-time concern. But with recent spats of activity—touring sporadically and releasing the Project 313 7-inch on Red Scare Industries—*The Lillingtons* are once again giving this band thing a go.

Having signed to Fat Wreck Chords, The Lillingtons toiled away on their new record in secret, crafting an album that is both a continuation of the band’s legacy and a dramatic reinvention. It’s called Stella Sapiente, a title that vocalist-guitarist Kody Templeman says roughly translates to “wisdom of the stars,” and that phrase proves apt given his claim that it’s “centered around secret societies, astrology, and the occult.” This kind of subject matter makes perfect sense for The Lillingtons, a band that has never— and likely will never—find much interest in the mundane. Their songs are pulpy vignettes steeped in intrigue, unraveling mysteries, conspiracies, and cloak-and-dagger operations while bashing through buzzy, pop-focused punk songs.

Stella Sapiente sees the band removing all preconceived notions of what a Lillingtons record should sound like, and it’s that approach that yielded them a classic record back in 1998. “It’s the same mindset we had when we wrote Death By Television,” says Templeman. “We were sick of doing what we had been doing and we wanted a change.” This time around, it’s less of a genre shift and more so a willingness to embellish every detail. Like a B-movie director blessed with the budget of a summer blockbuster, on Stella Sapiente the band is able to create worlds inside each song, allowing everything from guitar tones to vocal phrasing to be pushed to their fullest potential.

“We threw in a lot of elements that you don’t normally run across in punk rock. Some harmonic leads and bass driven songs with only accents on guitar,” says Templeman. And while these may not be hallmarks of their genre, the way in which The Lillingtons adapt them for their use makes them feel right at home. “Insect Nightmares” has the propulsive energy of a classic Lillingtons song, but there are palm-muted, chugging guitars flanked by uproarious leads, as if the band pillaged vintage metal records, taking only the best ideas and leaving the excess behind. Elsewhere, a track like “Night Visions” could easily pass for a Devo-like soundscape, providing the perfect soundtrack for traversing underground tunnels and for a Devo-like soundscape, providing the perfect soundtrack for traversing underground tunnels and thumbing through ancient texts.

Of these clandestine, occult topics, Templeman says it’s not just mythmaking, it’s part of a much bigger picture. “If a person takes the time to look into these things they will no doubt find a parallel and a common thread that ties it all together.” In fact, it’s something imprinted into the record itself. “We realized there were other forces working with us on this project,” says Templeman. And if you want to find out what’s hidden in there, you’ll have to gaze skyway, giving yourself to the wisdom of the stars.
MakeWar
MakeWar
MakeWar is about a fight.

A fight against ignorance. And laziness.
A fight against your inner demons.
A fight to stay conscious. So you can have one more drink with your friends.
A fight to do what you want instead of what you’re suppose to.
A fight that isn’t violent. Or full of hate.
This fight is about knocking down what’s holding you back.
That’s why MakeWar sounds like letting go.
It’s fighting depression by embracing aggression.
And embracing everyone around you who’s doing that too.

MakeWar is Jose, Greg and Edwin.

Welcome to our fight.
Crossed Keys
Crossed Keys
Chances are, if you've been paying attention to the Philadelphia underground music scene in the past two decades, you've seen one or two members of Crossed Keys before, although it's also very likely that you've seen them all. “We still sing the same old songs, we still have the same old crews, but seasons fucking change” sings vocalist Joshua Alvarez (Solarized, Halo of Snakes) on “Jeff Pelly vs. The Empire,” contemplating a yearning for familiarity while recognizing the need to grow. On their debut EP, “I’m Just Happy That You’re Here,” Guitarists Beau Brendley (The Curse, Kill The Man Who Questions, R.A.M.B.O.) and Dave Adoff (Step Ahead, Jackie Thousand) craft intricate melodies while bassist Andrew Wellbrock (Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, Left Behind) and drummer Steve Roche drive the band’s upbeat, yet aggressive sound.

After Roche’s departure from the band after the release of IJHTYH, Dave Wagenschutz (Kid Dynamite, Good Riddance) joined the band on drums and new material is on the way.

Crossed Keys has played venues all over the Philadelphia area, supporting bands such as Vanishing Life, Fire in the Radio, MakeWar, and Engines. Crossed Keys got a lot older, a little wiser, and some lost varied amounts of hair, but nothing will ever stand in the way of the catchy melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, sweaty singalongs and all around good times.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com