After creating one of the most mesmorizing releases since the turn of the century, I thought it would be nice to have Lilitu answer a few questions for our Harm.us readers. Vocalist/guitarist Derek Bonner was able to catch us up to speed with the band as well as provide some amusing answers!
Wayfaerer-First off, congrats on the excellent new cd...before we get into
that, could you give us a little background on the band?
Derek-The band started way back when I was a stupid kid. I loved the passion and
aggression that European bands had and the melody in their music really gave
me the inspiration to play. Then as I realized that I wasn't so ignorant. I
started to open up to other styles of music and we found our own sound years
later. Now I just pretend I know what I'm doing. I think it's working.
Wayfaerer-What does the name Lilitu mean?
Derek-Basically, it's my view on women in general as being the dominant life
force behind everything. Goddess and nemesis. Life and death. Where
everything begins and ends.She is a mythical entity so there is a lot of
history there. If that doesn't do it for ya, then break out all of your
Dungeons And Dragons books and roll the 12 sided die.
Wayfaerer-How would you describe Lilitu's sound to someone who has never heard
the band before?
Derek-Sounds like KC & the Sunshine band mixed w/ a little something special to
spice it up.
Groove is In the heart. We're still seeking out that hot track. Holla if ya
got em. Or Maybe we sound like a metal band that plays passionate music. Have
I said enough? I hope so, cause people will listen to me. I am superior.
Wayfaerer-What bands have had the biggest creative influence on Lilitu?
Derek-For me personally: Joy Division, Sunny Day Real Estate, Dark Tranquillity
and SWANS...oh and R Kelly.
Wayfaerer-Lilitu seems to mesh pretty well with The End Records line-up. What
made you choose to sign with them? How does it feel to finally be "on
Derek-It felt right. We knew that the label was behind us all the way. And I was
really attracted to Andreas.
He's so dreamy!
Wayfaerer-I know you initially recorded The Delores Lesion before signing with
The End. What were the "tweaks" that you put on it after getting a
Derek-We hired professional musicians to re-record everything including the whiny
half-ass vocal parts.
Then we had an album.
Wayfaerer-When comparing The Delores Lesion to your two previous releases, The
Delores Lesion seems more diverse and focused. How do you feel the
band's songwriting has changed since the release of Memorial in 2001?
Derek-We write songs. We play instruments. We are way too metal for our own good.
We praise the almighty horned god.
Wayfaerer-What is your personal favorite off The Delores Lesion and why?
Derek-I hate them all equally
Wayfaerer-How has the feedback been for The Delores Lesion so far?
Wayfaerer-By the way, I have marked "The Delores Lesion" as my
#1 pick of 2004
Derek-Awesome, thanks so much and big hugs.
Wayfaerer-I've been reading some reviews on the web and noticed some seem stuck
on your geographic location: do you ever get annoyed by people saying
"This is great...for an American band"?
Derek-Yes, goddamnit, shut the fuck up already peeps.
Wayfaerer-Hows the metal scene down in Georgia?
Wayfaerer-Do you have any touring plans at the moment?
Derek-Yes, many. We need money first.
Wayfaerer-Any plans on future material at this point or is it too soon?
Derek-We have lots of material ready. We're gonna rock out the fucking jams
Wayfaerer-What's your take on the seeming resurgence of metal into a more
Derek-Is that like the light/ low carb version or the baked lays w/ half the fat?
Wayfaerer-What are the last 5 cds you've listened to?
Derek-Mono - one more step and you die
B-52s - Party Mix
Bright Eyes - I'm wide awake, it's morning
R-Kelly - Piss Factory & piss
Soilwork - Stabbing the drama
Wayfaerer-Thanks for your time, any last minute things you'd like to plug?
Derek-I'd like to plug that skanky hoe bitch dog at the IHOP and tell her, "mmmmm
bitch you look niiiiice"