Hi, Brendan here... You have before you the (long-awaited!) follow up to this band's last full-length 'Ceci n'est pas pop', and for this record (my first with the group) we enlisted the help of our dear friend and master engineer/producer Jeremy Lesniak to record us right in the comfort of our rehearsal space in South Cumminsville. Photos were done there as well, by another good friend of ours, the talented Steve Metz of Broadcast Photo. Tambourines were played ferociously by none other than Mr. Kendall Davis (of the infamous Ditchweed, and now the Darkhearts). The songs we did ranged from some older favorites like 'Hold On Tight' which I have fond memories of watching them perform before I joined the band, to newer collaborations such as 'Don't Let It Get You Down', 'Sweetheart', and the title track, 'In the Dark'. This record was originally going to be titled 'The Street of Eternal Happiness' but in a bid for word efficiency we followed our instincts which led us to the one song on the record that we knew had to be the title track. Hmm, what else? Well, since we don't have too many outside reviews yet, I'll leave you with a comment that was recently left on Facebook by another good friend of ours, the indubitable Randy Cheek of the Ready Stance, and which was described by Dana Hamblen of the Fairmount Girls as a 'review/rant' (that cracked me up!):
"Long live Lesniak!!!!...really , the songs are the strongest ever and the sound is fucking perfect! Great guitar tones, bass is thumping, drums crisp not muddy...and hats off to Brendan ....cool ass guitar stuff on here, cool interplay tween Pat & Brendan's guitars-- they have really different approaches and both shine. If you have a band and are looking for a REAL producer / engineer who actually wants you to sound your best rather than looking bored behind the board you need to check out Jeremy Lesniak!! Also if you love rock and roll music this disc needs to be in your collection. There are not many bands that get better as time goes on ...the normal thing seems to be a killer debut followed by a steady decline to suck city. That's not the case here. Stronger, better, more heart and soul than ever with a sense of urgency you would expect from a band at the start of their " career "...Tigerlilles have continued to grow and progress with out ever losing that spark that made them special from the beginning . The real thing fuckers, beyond stylish or trendy just so goddamn pure....They probably don't give a shit if you buy this or not but you really should. It's really easy to champion some cool new band and you should, but don't overlook these guys. Much like Guided By Voices ( before an out of town hipster gave the ok to like them) Tigerlilles keep cranking out great songs and playing heartfelt live shows with a total lack of bullshit whether you acknowledge them or not....it's what they do....sorry for the rant. Cincy has a core group of musicians that created the original music scene we so easily take for granted today....when they started along with some others ( BPA, Wolverton Brothers, Fairmount Girls,SS-20, and more I'm sure I will think of later) playing your own songs was Unheard of and dangerous....oh, also The Customs, Beef,The News....whatever . Sorry to ramble on.....get this record. Did I mention its really good?"
[Here is an excerpt from Brian Baker's wonderful report from Day 2 of the MidPoint Music Festival right here in Cincinnati, Ohio]:
"I reluctantly bailed on the end of the Kickaways' set to head up to the MOTR Pub to bask in the Pop/Rock splendor of Cincinnati's Tigerlilies. Pat Hennessy has been working this corner since forming the band in 1989 and while the band has gone through a few guitar partners (renowned and beloved oddball William Weber, former Lazy guitarist Steve Schmoll, guitarist-turned-producer Denny Brown) and several tweaks to his Power Pop concept, the Tigerlilies' core has always remained Hennessy on vocals and guitar up front and the durable rhythm section of brother Steve Hennessy on hammering drums and Brian Driscoll on thundering bass. Hennessy's latest guitar foil may well be the best in a long line of great six-stringers; Brendan Bogosian has an impeccable resume (TheWoos, Cash Flagg, Kry Kids, among others) and his razor-sharp skills and Pop/Rock nuance make him perfectly sympatico for Hennessy's punky take on crunchy Power Pop. Tigerlilies' just-released In the Dark may well stand as the best work in their excellent catalog, and this version of the band is clearly the reason as evidenced by the wall of sound emanating from the MOTR stage last night."
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