February 24, 2012
LILAC: HERE FOR ETERNITY.
By Gabe Connor
This article was contributed by Gabe Connor, founder of THICK FOG. The second issue of THICK FOG will be out early this summer.  
You might remember Will Ivy (guitar/vox) and Kirsten Knick (keyboard/vox) as your 24th St. neighbors, but they have fled the fog and are now live in Los Angeles. The band’s other members, Chrys Nodal (bass) and Jon Wujcik (drums), still reside in San Francisco. The NorCal/SoCal divided Lilac are reunited in SF to play a show in support of Noise Pop Festival’s 20th Anniversary Festival on Friday. 
Gabe Connor: Is there an intentional homage to some patron saints of music in your song titles? “Cathedral” is also a Felt song, “So Young” a Suede song, “Cease to Exist” a Charles Manson song, “Christine” a House of Love song. Or are some of these actually covers layered in slaying blissed-out grunge and I haven’t noticed?  
Will Ivy: “Cease to Exist” is in fact a Charles Manson cover. But I feel an overall sense of “there’s nothing you can sing that hasn’t been sung” so I feel like it is with good intentions that I give my respects to the bands and songs that inspire me. This is especially relevant with the title “Christine”. I was first drawn to the name in the House of Love song, and then realized the name is in so many other songs (Siouxsie and the Banshees, etc). So the name became a way for us to write love songs to music without just outright saying “I dig music.”
GC: Has moving to LA marked anything new for you guys as a band? Do you think the songs will be less sludgier and overcast now that the weather isn’t like painkiller grey? 
WI: New territory, new inspiration, new challenges, new everything. I feel like we were getting a little burnt playing tons of SF shows and practicing the same songs over and over (the songs are still always sloppy too, haha). So now when we get together it’s more invigorated. Who is to say what our next record will be like…dreamier?
GC: I know you recorded your last EP (Lilac, out now via Omega Records) with Different Fur Studios in SF. What’s it like working with them? Do you expect to record the full length with them and release it with Omega as well? 
WI: Working with Different fur is amazing, and we are very lucky to work with the very talented Patrick Brown. We actually already recorded the new LP there, as well as material for two 7” releases. During the EP we were still getting acquainted, and the band was so new, but I think the listener will be able to see our development as a band and the growth our confidence in the studio. I don’t want to talk about release details yet.
GC: I notice there seems to be a trend in your band image and in your lyrics regarding religious and spiritual themes. Whenever I see you guys you’re likely to be bearing eternal ankh pendants (essentially the Lilac trademark). 
WI: We are by no means a religious band, but we are spiritual and moved by concepts like eternity. Kirsten especially is always adorned with rings and crosses and emblems and she decorates the house as such. We are also narcissistic artists that want to live forever. Ha.
GC: Do each of you have a particular style icon? I know people say Will’s Doppelganger is Russell Brand, but I beg to differ. He can’t dress like, at all. 
WI: Who is Russell Brand? Kirsten is really inspired by the Yeh Yeh French girl scene: Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot. I’ve also seen her looking at a lot of pics of Liv Tyler lately. Will is constantly confused about his style.

(Kirsten Knick of Lilac)
GC: Have their been any sonic or process differences between the writing and recording of the full length v. the EP? 
WI: For one we were broken up during the writing and recording of the LP so it’s full of tension, angst and longing. At just a sonic level, both Kirsten and I did mostly all the writing on the EP, and I recorded most of the instrumentation (drums, bass, percussion, guitar, etc). But on the LP we were more established as a band so it was definitely more of a collaborative group effort as far as writing and recording.
GC: As a band you recently joined the Twitteverse. How do you feel about it? I struggle with it every day. Do you have a tweeting mentor? 
WI: It’s just a fun place to send all these free flying jokes in our heads. I can’t believe it when I see people with literally thousands of tweets. We are two people contributing to one Twitter and we STILL only have 200 something tweets. It’s fine; no real opinion.
GC: Anything concretely in the works for Lilac? Can we soon expect new releases, videos, and a tour or do we have to wait for armageddon? 
WI: “Nothing’s concrete, except for you and iiii”
Releases: Soon
Tour: Soon maybe
Video: Really soon
Lilac play alongside Veronica Falls, Bleached, and Brilliant Colors tonight at the Rickshaw Stop. Tickets are $12 adv/$14 dos. Lilac are on first at 9 on the dot, so get there early. 
Also see: Lilac video for “So Young”

LILAC: HERE FOR ETERNITY.

By Gabe Connor

This article was contributed by Gabe Connor, founder of THICK FOG. The second issue of THICK FOG will be out early this summer. 

You might remember Will Ivy (guitar/vox) and Kirsten Knick (keyboard/vox) as your 24th St. neighbors, but they have fled the fog and are now live in Los Angeles. The band’s other members, Chrys Nodal (bass) and Jon Wujcik (drums), still reside in San Francisco. The NorCal/SoCal divided Lilac are reunited in SF to play a show in support of Noise Pop Festival’s 20th Anniversary Festival on Friday.

Gabe Connor: Is there an intentional homage to some patron saints of music in your song titles? “Cathedral” is also a Felt song, “So Young” a Suede song, “Cease to Exist” a Charles Manson song, “Christine” a House of Love song. Or are some of these actually covers layered in slaying blissed-out grunge and I haven’t noticed? 

Will Ivy: “Cease to Exist” is in fact a Charles Manson cover. But I feel an overall sense of “there’s nothing you can sing that hasn’t been sung” so I feel like it is with good intentions that I give my respects to the bands and songs that inspire me. This is especially relevant with the title “Christine”. I was first drawn to the name in the House of Love song, and then realized the name is in so many other songs (Siouxsie and the Banshees, etc). So the name became a way for us to write love songs to music without just outright saying “I dig music.”

GC: Has moving to LA marked anything new for you guys as a band? Do you think the songs will be less sludgier and overcast now that the weather isn’t like painkiller grey?

WI: New territory, new inspiration, new challenges, new everything. I feel like we were getting a little burnt playing tons of SF shows and practicing the same songs over and over (the songs are still always sloppy too, haha). So now when we get together it’s more invigorated. Who is to say what our next record will be like…dreamier?

GC: I know you recorded your last EP (Lilac, out now via Omega Records) with Different Fur Studios in SF. What’s it like working with them? Do you expect to record the full length with them and release it with Omega as well?

WI: Working with Different fur is amazing, and we are very lucky to work with the very talented Patrick Brown. We actually already recorded the new LP there, as well as material for two 7” releases. During the EP we were still getting acquainted, and the band was so new, but I think the listener will be able to see our development as a band and the growth our confidence in the studio. I don’t want to talk about release details yet.

GC: I notice there seems to be a trend in your band image and in your lyrics regarding religious and spiritual themes. Whenever I see you guys you’re likely to be bearing eternal ankh pendants (essentially the Lilac trademark).

WI: We are by no means a religious band, but we are spiritual and moved by concepts like eternity. Kirsten especially is always adorned with rings and crosses and emblems and she decorates the house as such. We are also narcissistic artists that want to live forever. Ha.

GC: Do each of you have a particular style icon? I know people say Will’s Doppelganger is Russell Brand, but I beg to differ. He can’t dress like, at all.

WI: Who is Russell Brand? Kirsten is really inspired by the Yeh Yeh French girl scene: Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot. I’ve also seen her looking at a lot of pics of Liv Tyler lately. Will is constantly confused about his style.


(Kirsten Knick of Lilac)

GC: Have their been any sonic or process differences between the writing and recording of the full length v. the EP?

WI: For one we were broken up during the writing and recording of the LP so it’s full of tension, angst and longing. At just a sonic level, both Kirsten and I did mostly all the writing on the EP, and I recorded most of the instrumentation (drums, bass, percussion, guitar, etc). But on the LP we were more established as a band so it was definitely more of a collaborative group effort as far as writing and recording.

GC: As a band you recently joined the Twitteverse. How do you feel about it? I struggle with it every day. Do you have a tweeting mentor?

WI: It’s just a fun place to send all these free flying jokes in our heads. I can’t believe it when I see people with literally thousands of tweets. We are two people contributing to one Twitter and we STILL only have 200 something tweets. It’s fine; no real opinion.

GC: Anything concretely in the works for Lilac? Can we soon expect new releases, videos, and a tour or do we have to wait for armageddon?

WI: “Nothing’s concrete, except for you and iiii”

Releases: Soon

Tour: Soon maybe

Video: Really soon

Lilac play alongside Veronica Falls, Bleached, and Brilliant Colors tonight at the Rickshaw Stop. Tickets are $12 adv/$14 dos. Lilac are on first at 9 on the dot, so get there early.

Also see: Lilac video for “So Young”



October 21, 2011

Video: Male Bonding // “Weird Feelings” (see them live in SF Tues 10/25). 

I first heard of London’s Male Bonding from Ryan Grubbs of Ganglians. I checked them out, and was totally captured by their weirdo pop-punk persona. You might recognize some of these dudes from the Ganglians video we posted a while back. Male Bonding is currently touring the U.S., and stopping by San Francisco this Tuesday (10/25). Openers are Night Fog friends, Lilac. Get there early - you won’t want to miss anything! I’m thinking High Fantasy or Slow Jams afterwards?

Deets: Male Bonding w/ Waters, Lilac @ Rickshaw Stop, 8PM, $12

- Pedro



July 11, 2011

Video: Lilac // “So Young”.

Lilac premiered their video for “So Young” today. Filmed in the Mission on the Fourth of July, this video makes use of the band’s loud and youthful charm. Backyard BBQs, fireworks, costumes, and chaos. I ran into the Lilac kids that day, but unfortunately (or fortunately for the purposes of sleep) I skipped town that evening. Be sure to catch Lilac live on Thursday, July 21st when they play with Zodiac Death Valley and Cannons and Clouds at The Independent.

- Pedro

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May 3, 2011

“So Young” is the opening track to Lilac’s debut EP (Omega Records) which is digitally due on 6/7, and 7/19 on vinyl. I got a chance to listen to the entire thing, and the San Francisco-based grunge gaze band has its psych twists and soft turns figured out nicely. Be ready - it’s loud, sweet, and comes on white vinyl. The record was recorded by Patrick Brown at Different Fur Studios.  See Lilac play the Rickshaw Stop this Wednesday (5/4) with Vivian Girls and No Joy. 9PM, $12-14

- Pedro

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