LILLINGTONS, THE: Project 313: 7”EP

It’s been a long time coming, but the Lillingtons are back with new material. So long, in fact, it feels weird to even write it. So, let’s go back a bit, shall we? It’s 1998 and I’m in a local record store in Ottawa. I end up leaving with a copy of their Shit out of Luck LP, never having heard the band, simply because of the B-Face artwork on the cover and description on the label. Putting the needle on the record when I got home, I instantly knew it was going to be a game-changer. And it was; that album was huge for me, no question: the perfect high school record. I was getting pretty knee-deep in garage and hardcore at the time, but I loved my Lookout! Records bands. The Lillingtons never made it big by any means, but they were highly influential. In their next phase of “spy” punk, if you will, there was band after band trying to copy what they did (with Death by Television and The Backchannel Broadcast, specifically). But those were weird times, too. Pop punk all but went into hiding in the early-to-mid-2000s. Either way, after a few reunion appearances (including a Montreal gig I had to miss due to my own band playing Japan), they’ve given us some new work, and it’s far from a letdown. It’s quite impressively solid. The production is a bit on the beefy side for me, but I’m a weirdo that likes guitars that sound like they were recorded in a trashcan, so what do I know? People will love it. –Steve Adamyk (Red Scare)