Lily and the Parlour Tricks Play the Brooklyn Bowl

In 2007, a singer/songwriter from Manhattan met a drummer from Philly, a bassist from Detroit, and a guitarist from Pittsburgh. With influences as diverse as the Ravens, Elvis Presley, Tom Waits and Led Zeppelin, Lily and the Parlour Tricks created a fresh, retro rock sound that was only complete when two female backing vocalists (hailing from California and Paris) joined the group last year. Now their live shows are even more captivating with 3-part harmonies and synchronized dance moves alongside the sexy, Vampire Weekend-esque rhythms.

“We attempt to dress fairly coordinated at all times, but it’s hit or miss,” says lead vocalist, Lily Claire. “The dancing seems to come naturally, and the retro sound is a reflection of what I, and everyone else in the band, grew up listening to. There’s a lot of music from the 1950’s and ’60s that just does not get old for me. Some more modern influences creep in there too.”

Creepy is an apropos adjective for the material on their self-titled EP, as Lily based a number of the songs on a book of case studies of American murders from the 18th and 19th centuries. Aside from the EP, you can expect to hear new material from their forthcoming full-length, and maybe a “couple really fun covers,” when Lily and the Parlour Tricks play the Brooklyn Bowl on Monday night, March 28th with the London Souls.

“We tend to play really high-energy sets, and I like throwing a ‘murder song’ in there,” admits Claire. “The storytelling gives everyone a minute to catch their breath, you know?”

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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.