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Liily: Aiming to Turn the Music Industry Upside Down

California band is on the way up and has new music due out this fall.

Robert Frezza



Alt-rock act Liily is conquering new heights and creating a buzz with their EP I Can Fool Anybody In This Town. The fierce foursome — drummer Maxx Morando, guitarist Sam De La Torre, bassist Charlie Anastasis, and lead vocalist Dylan Nash — hail from the Los Angeles area and are all nineteen years old.

The group’s Rage Against Machine vibe has folks on the West Coast talking.

“I think there was a point in time where you can make a good album and people would listen to it if it was good. Being a musician is difficult in 2019 because of the oversaturation of it all,” Anastasis says during a recent phone interview with CMN.

Liily (Image: Richie Davis)

“I wouldn’t believe in all the hype. I believe in more of what we are doing. I think hype is just hype. Don’t get me wrong — I think it’s fantastic that people are saying good things. I am a truly humble, but we are just doing our thing and hope this continues to grow—that’s the only thing we could wish for.”

Liily are all Valley boys and have known each other since grade school.

“Maxx Morando was in a Fleetwood Mac cover band with our guitarist Sam De La Torre. We eventually met Dylan Nash and he became our lead singer,” says Anastasis.

The band’s EP has garnered critical praise since it was released in March of this year.

“That EP was written when we were 15 or 16 years old. We finished it about two and half years ago. Maxx and I jammed out and everyone else added their parts to it and it became its own thing,” says Anastasis about the writing and recording process.

The band threw a big party at the Echo recently, a on the Sunset Strip, and filmed it in its entirety.

Anastasis says, “we invited our favorite bands to play and promoted it. Our label was really supportive.”

The end product is a documentary called City/Valley that is now featured on YouTube. Liily also played Lollapalooza this year, which was a massive highlight for them.

“It was more amazing than any one of us were predicting. We didn’t know how many people were actually going to show up. We were just happy to play. The crowds were amazing and it was a very surreal experience,” says Anastasis.

Liily is in the process of recording a brand new album right now and they also have a single due out in September called “Wash”.

“That will be the lead single off the upcoming new LP,” concludes Anastasis. “We will be on tour starting September 4 for a six-week jaunt with Ultra Q and Bad Suns.”

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Robert Frezza is a music journalist based out of NYC. He has interviewed Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, among many more. He enjoys interviewing musicians.

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