lillye 1I don’t know if you’ve seen the video that LILLYE has out now but that one got me interested in knowing more about the band. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce the band to us?
-We are: Virginia Lillye- Vocals
Matt Ellis- Guitar
Christian Lauria- Bass
Bennet Livingston- Drums

Does it feel libe you follow in a great Australian hardrock tradition? Who would you say has been your greatest influences?
-I guess so. The great Australian hard rock tradition tends to be, work extremely hard and generally be prepared to have to make an impact internationally, so the Aussie public can be proud of you.
Influences are varied but we all seem to like Led Zep, Sevendust, Skunk Anansie, Tool as well as a wide range of metal, rock andand prog.

Is there an Aussie sound to speak of? What would that be like?
-Not so much these days. Back in the 70’s and 80’s we had AC/DC, The Angels, Rose Tattoo, who had a raw, wall of volume rock thing happening.

You have done a video. What kind of channels are there for it to be shown? What does recording a video get you in terms of publicity?
-Not many channels in Australia. We’ve got the video going to a show called Rage and a music channel, Channel V. At the moment, we’ll try and generate as much internet activity as possible, in terms of publicity and exposure.

How important is image? What is image to you?
-Image is very important. If you can manage to blend enough of your own personal style with that of the where your music takes you, then you should be on the right path as far as image goes.

I grew up in an age where album covers was the first thing you saw when you browsed your local record store. Are we witnessing the death of art work with digital releases?
-There’s a very small Vinyl scene down here and local bands always have CD’s available at shows but yeah it’s a declining art form for sure. Having said that, last reports vinyl sold more than CDs last year.

What kinda art work do you use for your recordings?
-Generally we’ll organise a photo shoot, with themes and imagery in mind for the next recording.

How important are the lyrics? Do you feel that you have things that needs to be spoken through your lyrics?
-Lyrics can give you an even greater connection with your audience so are extremely important. There are always things that need to be said or brought to someone’s attention or conscious.

How much of a touring band are you? How much touring can you do in Australia?
-We love touring. Playing in unfamiliar places and roadtrippin adventures. Last trip from Sydney to Melbourne, we drove through a full on snow storm. It’s a big country so touring all over can be difficult.

What will the future bring?
-We’re just about to play a run of shows through October and November in Australia and a quick trip over to Dubai for a few shows in December, then back to finish recording and prepare for the first album release and hopefully some international tours in 2016.

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