Monday, September 29, 2014


Rating: EP
Label: Indie/Lillye 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Lillye from down under (that's Sydney/Australia) are just about to alert their local government since there's a wild banshee on the loose. Seriously. The absolutely wicked vocal performance by Virginia Lillye is merely comparable to the Irish battle goddess of, the MorrĂ­gan. Soaring killer vocals as she switch from fragile to aggressive in a mere split second. Truly a wild spirit and a messenger from the underworld.

Power and emotion are the key ingredients on their 5-track EP. They have that hard edge rock style 'ala Skew Siskin meets Paramore meets Saraya, and I noticed that Virginia spent some time in years in Germany performing in stage productions and bands, before returning to Oz. It's crunchy, guitar fulled angst where the distinctive, almost bewildered voice stand alone between you and certain death. Indeed. In legend, the banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die.

I especially enjoy the tracks, "Under" and "Mistakes", proper belter performances by Virginia and it's very much Saraya on steroids. She combines the rough with the smooth and I believe it's merely a question of finding out if the band are supposed to target the melodic or the cross-over fans? Don't get me wrong though. Personally I enjoy the slightly twisted stuff such as "Who I'm Meant To Be" and "Tttalk" (really should be titled 'Wake Up'?). Here's that voice that Frontiers should employ for their next female fronted project. Recommended.

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