Omaha merry-makers Tilly and the Wall blasted a bouncing crowd with a rainbow dose of almost unbearable sweetness earlier this month at the Doug Fir. Back touring after a two-year hiatus, the quintet showed off five new songs from its upcoming, as-yet-untitled release—along with plenty of pop-heavy harmonies, courtesy of beloved hits from past albums Wild Like Children
and Bottoms of Barrels.
Known mostly for the creative use of tap dancing on a miced platform as its rhythm and percussion section, T&TW seems to have pushed the tap-dancing to the back burner, instead favoring a standard drum kit for the less ambitious (but still anthemic) rock of its new songs. (Then again, tap-dancer Jamie Williams was busy becoming Mrs. Jamie Pressnall after marrying guitarist Derek in 2006.)
Nevertheless, the band's ubiquitous stomping and clapping is simply irresistible. And there's no exaggerating how much Tilly and the Wall's members enjoy belting out earnest, adorable songs; their enthusiasm spreads like wildfire through bandmates and showgoers alike. And let's not forget just how nice they are to look at.
"Wow! I wasn't expecting some folks in the crowd to dance to that one!" chirped the platinum haired and tattooed Kianna Alarid after crooning the new album's first single "Beat Control." The syncopated, almost '80s-pop rhythms of the song seemed like quite a departure from the band's previous material, but, based on the crowd's reaction, it was a welcome one.
It may turn out to be light on the tap-dancing, but if this show's set was any indication, T&TW's new album (planned for release sometime in June) shouldn't be missed.
Portland-based A Weather warmed up the psychedelic rainbow-bannered stage with gentle cooings, followed by the raucous jams of fellow Team Love lablemates Capgun Coup.
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Photos: courtesy of William Crawford.