Gilt the: lily defined :: Beneath the pain, the sadness, and all the layers of armor that we carry everyday, rests the lily. It may be the one thing in life that we try so hard to keep alive, but keep hidden from everyone else, or it may survive to hold our dreams and our deepest fears. What is your lily? What is your prize? What holds your blame? The music is an answer to the seemingly unchanging reality of life, love, and hate. Pollinate; spread the word. Plant the seed; watch it grow.
Formed from humble beginnings, in the shadow of a growing central New England city, the breakthrough rock quintet Gilt The Lily is peeling back the layers of human nature. Through emotional lyrics, floating and inflicting guitars, technically infused drumming, and solid bass lines they feed the release of a sound that must be heard.
Gilt the Lily was formed in the summer of 2001, when guitarist Corey Huston, and vocalist Drew Hollis, met drummer Mike Gillis. They clicked immediately and when Corey and Drew brought Mike to their practice space, they were blown away by his style and ability. Five minutes was all they needed to realize that Mike was the drummer they had been looking for. Guitarist BJ Neault had been in the band Sideshow with Corey and Drew for the previous three years, and after pursuing small side projects the three were looking for ways to get back to making music together. There was no question that BJ would honor the second guitar position. Finally, they called upon Corey’s younger brother and bassist Devin Huston. Filling in the low end with a unique playing style, Devin completed the band’s eclectic sound.
In the summer of 2002 the group entered the studio to record their debut album. An extensive recording process ensued as the band produced and financed the album on their own. Overcoming set backs and economic hardship, the band prevailed with an album which serves as a testament of their unwavering dedication to their music.
Easily shifting from lulling, somber compositions, to relentless and uncompromising aural assaults, Gilt the Lily is generating music for the masses. Feeding on crowds of all sizes with their energetic stage presence, the five members’ diverse styles embody a sound that is unmistakably their own. Inherent to all life is the music that moves us.
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