Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Tilly and the Wall

Tilly and the WallI remember singing Tilly and the Wall’s Beat Control everywhere I went; it has to be one of my favourite indie-pop songs of all time. All of TATW’s songs are uniquely melodic, have incredible hooks, and great meanings. After years of singing and admiring their music, our questions slowly accumulating for the band. Lucky enough for us, Tilly and the Wall’s Kianna, Neely, and Nick graciously answered some of these questions. Have a read as we chatted about the future, Circus Peanuts, and lyrics they’ll never get enough of!

AMBY: Hello Tilly and the Wall, what has the band been up to?

Tilly and the Wall: Hello! We just finished a couple shows in the Midwest. We hadn’t been to Iowa city in a good 5 or 6 years, and the show was fantastic. On the other hand, this was our 4th Chicago show in the last 8 months, and it blew us away. Do Division is a really lively festival. We are gearing up for another week and a half of shows later this month.

AMBY: If you had to describe each member in one word, which would they be?

Tilly and the Wall: Kianna- willpower, Neely- steadfastness, Jamie- empathy, Derek- vision, Nick- brilliance (we picked each other’s not our own ha)

AMBY: Your latest album Heavy Mood was released back in October. What are your thoughts on it now that there’s been time to reflect?

Tilly and the Wall: Someone came up to us in Iowa and told us she’d listened to the album on repeat during an acid trip and loved it. Not that that is for everyone, but I think the album is our most onion-like, since it was written over so long a time period. Whatever people think of what you’re doing, I feel it’s important to keep stretching and flexing.

AMBY: Has the band started writing new material for a new record yet?

Tilly and the Wall: We have indeed, but so far that has been on our own time. I imagine we’ll start emailing demo’s soon enough.

AMBY: Does hailing from Omaha, Nebraska have an influence on your music? And if so, how?

Tilly and the Wall: For sure. Omaha is spacious, with giant skies, and a vibrant community of artists. It also has long, dark winters and a million bars. There is a sense of growth there that not every city has.

AMBY: On the topic of influences, if you could hang out with three of yours, who would you choose and what would you do?

Tilly and the Wall: Conor has been a big influence.  We would hand him his guitar and have him play his newest songs that he is working on.  Todd Fink, listen to the new Faint songs they are recording right now.   Kevin Barnes- talk with him about how he writes songs while making nachos.

AMBY: The lyrics in Beat Control could be my life motto! What’s a lyric you’ll never get enough of?

Tilly and the Wall: “You and I are friends not some polemic to be puzzled over” – Of Montreal

AMBY: What is the best piece of advice you have been given regarding the music industry?

Tilly and the Wall: You guys should tour in the UK and Europe.  And play Iceland.  -John Best

AMBY: What’s the best moment you’ve had in Tilly and the Wall?

Tilly and the Wall: Every moment on stage blends together in my head. They are all the best. Having the luxury to travel is the biggest perk.

AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?

Tilly and the Wall: Mood Rings, CSS, Maria Taylor, Micah James, Buddy, Hunger Games, Nymphomaniac, and Halloween (every year)

AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?

Tilly and the Wall: THE FUTURE

AMBY: What is the best song of the year so far?

Tilly and the Wall: “Ego Free Sex Free” Autre Ne Veut

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Tilly and the Wall that nobody knows?

Tilly and the Wall: We all like to eat Circus Peanuts, the candy.



Thank you Tilly and the Wall, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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