Falling into the category of bands whose name sounds like it would be one person, LA’s Rilo Kiley is actually a five-piece rock band. Lead singer and resident cutie Jenny Lewis shares the writing responsibilities with guitarist and singer Blake Sennett. Rounding out the group are bassist Pierre de Reeder, drummer Jason Boesel, and multi-instrumentalist Mike Bloom.
Like many bands, there’s a story behind Rilo Kiley’s name. Unfortunately nobody can agree on what it is. Some of the band members claim it has no real meaning. Others claim it was the name of a pair of Siamese twins and was chosen because of the band’s closeness. There’s even stories of it being based on a Scottish athlete or an Australian Rules Football player. Wherever it came from, it’s distinctive.
If Jenny Lewis’ voice sounds familiar you may have heard her on one of her side projects. She worked with Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello on The Postal Service’s album Give Up. Last year she release a solo album (well, kind of, she was backed by The Watson Twins), Rabbit Fur Coat.
Rilo Kiley has three albums and countless miles of touring under their belt. Their latest album, Under the Blacklight, comes out August 21st.
Video for “The Moneymaker”: