I don't quite know what to make of Lilly Wood and The Prick. Many a renowned act has been built on the band name formation; Bill Haley and His Comets, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and, more recently, Florence and the Machine but does a plus in your band name equal plus points with the listener?
They certainly seem to have won over an impressive portion of the Parisians with over 10,000 fans on their Facebook page, the duo [who are co-incidentally based in France's capital] describe themselves as 'folk electronic pop'. Tune into the recent video for their single, 'Down The Drain,' and you'll find Lilly dolled up as a sparkly, chic version of Snow White which almost reminds me of pop tartlet Katy Perry and her eclectic style and props. Lilly's crisp, sweet vocals, like that of the poisoned apple, are sprinkled over the minimal sounds of a haunting acoustic guitar in the verse akin to the spine tingling harmonies we see in our very own Brit Based electro trio, Chew Lips.
There are some other elements to the band though that do steer away from this sultry Snow White and into a far more generic pop/folk format [even with a heightened American accent in myspace track 'Hey it's OK' that is not too dissimilar to that of radio friendly and 'born secular' Jenny Lewis]. Some of this can become quite repetitive and the velvety vocals of 'Down The Drain' are far more pleasing to the air than that of the, almost nauseating, chorus melody of 'Water Ran' – 'Don't you like the way we made love that day.'
Who knows, maybe Lilly and The Prick are the next Florence and The Machine here in Paris but, for me, a simple equation [just like the addition in the name] better illustrates my point – increased inclusion of clattering chords + extended electro contribution – generic and bland pop pap = Definite ones to watch.
Lilly and The Prick play La Maroquinerie, Paris on 24.09.10