November 2017


The Lillingtons
'Stella Sapiente'
CD Review By: James Carlson

Before vocalist/guitarist Kody Templeman was co-frontman of Teenage Bottlerocket he was in a little punk band called The Lillingtons. Since Templeman joined Teenage Bottlerocket in the early ‘00s, The Lillingtons haven’t toured or released new material with any kind of regularity. Between ‘The Backchannel Broadcast’ (2001) and ‘The Too Late Show’ (2006), the latter seeing a reunion of the original members, there wasn’t much news from the Lillingtons camp. After the ‘The Too Late Show’ the band wasn’t active again until a handful of shows in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and an EP release in 2017 titled ‘Project 313.’ Now, over a decade since the band’s last full-length, The Lillingtons have released a brand new album, ‘Stella Sapiente,’ on Fat Wreck Chords.

Arguably some of The Lillingtons best songs to date, the twelve tracks on ‘Stella Sapiente’ show the band not so much moving away from their core sound but improving upon it, building on it, making it weirder, darker and more elaborate. This they achieved with occasional friendly metal riffs and unexpected retro fringe-rock elements over a solid and enduring bedrock of pop-tinged punk, which makes it much more than your typical punk record. As far as the subject matter on ‘Stella Sapiente,’ the lyrics are focused largely on secret societies, astrology, and the occult, which is not surprising considering that both The Lillingtons and Teenage Bottlerocket have a history of incorporating such themes into their songs. Templeman says the title of the album roughly translates to “wisdom of the stars.”

Standouts on ‘Stella Sapiente’ include “Insect Nightmares,” “Night Visions,” “K6,” “Cult of Dagon,” “They Live,” and “Drawing Down the Stars.”

‘Stella Sapiente’ by The Lillingtons was released by Fat Wreck Chords on October 13, 2017 on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

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