Lilys fuels mysterious excitement in the hearts of music fans, frustrating many with its ‘best kept secret’ identity of late. But time has brought about an evolution even Darwin would have been excited about.


The present-day Lilys formed in Philadelphia nee Boston nee Washington DC some time ago when Kurt Heasley (writer) and Torben Pastore (agitator) fell upon one another in a Cambridge bar amidst the sounds of breaking bottles, a then-form of music criticism. Lilys had begun to prepare the release of the Better Can’t Make Your Life Better LP and Kurt was rummaging for the touring band. Torben had just stormed out of a coffeehouse folk performance (his own) amid his happy denouement that what he really wanted was to be in the best rock band he could handle. A bond was formed, and a wash of touring and recording ensued complete with a nod to passing ambulances, a live performance on Top of the Pops, tall tales evoking images of orbicular face paint, and a single in the UK to which many an ass shook. Through epic versions of trial and error the band recruited Chris McAllen (awpshawer) for a 2003 tour of the US where, along the way, Trish Scearce (percussion and instruments) was rescued from a casino. Who wants a body massage with a magic show?


In the Presence of Nothing -- 1992 (Slumberland)
A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns -- 1994 (spinART)
Eccsame the Photon Band -- 1995 (spinART)
Better Can't Make Your Life Better -- 1996 (Che/Elektra)
Services (For The Soon To Be Departed) -- 1997 (Che/Elektra)
”The 3 Way” -- 1999 (Sire)
Zero Population Growth: Bliss Out 15 -- 1999 (Darla)
The Lilys/Aspera Ad Astra -- 2000 (Tiger Style)
Selected -- 2000 (File 13)
Precollection -- 2003 (Manifesto)