Living Things

Living Things Biography

"A bullsh*t-free, shiv-sharp union of speedy punk and melodic metal." - Spin

Born and raised in the socially conservative St. Louis suburbs, brothers Lillian, Eve and Bosh Berlin began playing their ferocious brand of rock 'n' roll together almost as soon as their hands were big enough to hold instruments. In the early years, their father had a job laying carpet under the attractions at traveling carnivals and the whole family would accompany him around the country. The boys formed a three-piece -- Lillian on guitar and vocals, Eve on bass, Bosh on drums -- and spent summers gigging in parking lots next to the Ferris wheel.

Nowadays, the Bosh brothers crisscross the U.S. and Europe, opening for acts like Velvet Revolver and The Libertines in support of their debut EP Turn in Your Friends and Neighbors and their brand-new album for Jive Records, Ahead of the Lions. Lillian, the band’s singer, lyricist, guitarist and chief provocateur, took the time to share with us a list of his favorite albums. You'll see from his selections that Living Things aren't your average three-chord, garage rock revivalists.

   Confrontation Bob Marley
Confrontation (1983)
"Political reggae at its finest."
   In God We Trust Dead Kennedys
In God We Trust (1981)
"This album makes me want to put my fist through the walls."
   Repeater Fugazi
Repeater (1990)
"Ian MacKaye's voice could even bring your grandmother to tears. So moving. Ahhh..."
   Plastic Ono Band John Lennon
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
"This album has the best John Lennon song of all time, 'Working Class Hero.' Plus he wrote it after doing primal scream therapy."
   At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison (1968)
"Doing time is just a state of mind."
   After School Session Chuck Berry
After School Session (1957)
"St.Louis' other great rock 'n' roller."
   Feel of Neil Diamond Neil Diamond
The Feel of Neil Diamond (1966)
"A true crooner."
   This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie
This Land is Your Land (1997)
"A true American anarchist."
   Jolene Dolly Parton
Jolene (1974)
"Feminist pop at its finest."
   Sound Sun Pleasure Sun Ra
Sound Sun Pleasure (1953)
"When you want to get psychedelic...look to the Sun."

The Living Things' new album, Ahead of the Lions, is available now in the ARTISTdirect Store for only $9.99!

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