Lilith is a scrappy indie pop-punk trio from Allston, MA comprised of Kelsey Francis (bass/vocals), Hannah Liuzzo (guitar/vocals) and Alex Bourne (drums). February marked the release of Lilith’s debut record Apology Plant, put out through Disposable America. Sporting a short but sweet five tracks, I was impressed by the gamut of emotion and attitude that I witnessed while familiarizing myself with Apology. Pleasing to listen on repeat, and beautiful once you dig into the lyrics, the complementing tones of Kelsey and Hannah’s vocals and the poppy yet unique rhythm of Alex’s drums help set Lilith’s music apart.
As someone who enjoys banging their head against the wall trying to find meaning in songs and albums, I appreciated the candid explanation behind the record’s title. “Apology Plant is literally about a plant that someone gave to me as substitute for a verbal apology. I ignored the plant and couldn’t accept that as a remedy to their wrongdoing, so it died on the counter top,” explained Hannah. As you may surmise, this plant ultimately served as an unfortunate metaphor for Hannah’s friendship with the individual. Kelsey, Hannah and Alex wrote the album while reflecting on this lesson. The tenderness felt during this time seems to permeate the album. Hearing this explanation, and having spun the album more than a few times, I felt I’d inherited a certain familiarity with what Hannah may have felt while writing Apology Plant.
While my favorite tune could be a toss up between every track off the album, “Nickname” resonated with me most. The verse “Repeating your nickname back to a stranger who casually asks why I wait in a puddle that’s been littered with heaps of trash, when taking just one pace back I could wait in a flower patch. I’m pulling my hair out fast repeating your nickname back.” In this verse I heard the frustrating paradox of unrequited feelings towards someone.
Chatting with Lilith before a show they recently played at Boston’s iconic Middle East Club, I learned that Kelsey and Hannah previously studied classical music together. “Kelsey is so talented and amazing to work with because she just nails everything immediately and has an incredible work ethic, which is definitely a takeaway from studying music. She’s also a songwriter so we share ideas and theories. We kind of have a secret means of reading each other that way.”
I enjoyed the album’s editing, and after having seen Lilith play, I found that Apology Plant ultimately did justice to the band’s onstage character. The trio had the crowded venue swaying back and forth as they jammed through the album’s entirety along with a few new tracks. Hannah’s composed, nonchalant stage presence was complemented by her elegant, autumnal vocals.
Fortunately, Lilith plans on recording a second record this summer. I share their excitement to have them back in the studio making music. Catch their upcoming shows over the summer.
Tour poster courtesy of Disposable America.