New York based band Lily And The Parlour Tricks take a modern twist on the classic girl group line-up. This six piece ensemble featuring three women vocalists up front and an able trio of guitar, bass, and drums behind them has it’s roots in female vocal trios of days gone by such as the Ronnetes or even the McGuire Sisters, but the sound is certainly fresh and current. Think perhaps the Shangrilas doing music for the soundtrack of the new David Lynch movie. I ask lead vocalist and writer Lily Claire why the three women up front? ”I have always been a fan of the classic girl groups. I also love Elvis and he always had the Jordanaires behind him adding harmonies.”

You can hear the influences in the band’s sound. Lily lists Tom Waits as inspiration as well and they even do a Waits cover. There is a gritty roadhouse darkness in the songs that also reminds me a bit of Eilen Jewell’s, ”The Queen Of The Minor Key”.  Songs start out with familiar arrangements, but then take strange sidetracks like the 8 minute “Apples and A Gun”.

The band which also features: Brian Kelsey on bass, Angelo Spagnolo on guitar, drummer Terry Moore, and excellent and lovely back up vocals by Morgane Moulherat and Darah Golub; will release their eponymous EP on October 18th with a release party at Delancey in New York at 9:30 during CMJ. They will also be part of the CMJ Marathon on October 21st. The EP was recorded at Brooklyn’s famed Daptone Studios with Wayne Gordon and Sean Gavigan. A perfect match I think. ”Most of the recording was done on 8track with minimal overdubs. They really captured our live sound which is what I hoped for”, said Lily Claire. This writer highly recommends capturing a bit of Lily And The Parlour Tricks for yourself either at CMJ this week or by at least giving their self titled EP a listen. I think you’ll like.