Kurt Heasley is 34 years old and over 6ft 7 1/2 tall. He’s a single dad who counts Kevin Shields as his biggest fan. He sold over 85,000 copies of one song and appeared on Top Of The Pops when it still mattered. He’s “a hyperactive control freak with a vision of great beauty” (NME). He is an American genius and you’ve probably never heard of him. It’s about time that you did...
Knocked On The Fortune Teller's Door...
In 1996 a Lilys song 'A Nanny In Manhattan' appeared on the Levis Christmas advert. The band subsequently sold 85,000 copies of the single and appeared on Top Of The Pops, the first band to play completely live on the show for 20 years! However, things all went wrong when their recording contract was inherited by a major label’s imprint. Despite their popularity and delivery of one their finest records (The 3 Way), the band were pushed aside and near on forgotten. But you can’t stop the pop.
Mark E who?
EVERYTHING WRONG IS IMAGINARY is Lilys' 7th album and as ever the only constant is Kurt. The current count of Lilys members past and present is 72 though this is merely an estimate. Noone really knows. Members of The Icarus Line, Velocity Girl, Mazarin and Beachwood Sparks (and many many more) have all played with Lilys.
Not so long ago Kurt’s wife went out and didn’t come back. She might one day. For now Kurt is a single father of 3 children. He was himself expelled from high school after 42 absences. Turns out he was at home sequencing software and fiddling with editing software. There are worse things 15 year olds can do. It’s been tough bringing up the kids alone so he was glad of the helping hands of producer Mike Musammo when it came to making the new record.
EVERYTHING WRONG IS IMAGINARY sees Lilys come into their own. It doesn't sound like The Kinks or My Bloody Valentine or The Beach Boys. It just sounds like Lilys. I’ll pass on the hyperbolic bullshit. Just listen.
released July 3, 2006
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