The next Living Things single will be 'End Gospel'. 'Ahead of the Lions' is the bands debut album. The album was recorded with Steve Albini, who recorded three of Living Things' favorite albums: Nirvana's In Utero, The Breeders' Pod and PJ Harvey's Rid Of Me.
Living Things are brothers Lillian Berlin (vocals, guitar), Eve Berlin (bass) and Bosh Berlin (drums). The three have moved around over the years but have lived longest in St. Louis, Mo.
Says Lillian of the band's origins: "It just felt natural for me to play guitar and sing and put one of my brothers on bass and the other on drums so we'd have a band." The trio has been writing songs and recording and performing in some capacity as long as they can remember. They made their public debut when Lillian was 12, Eve was nine and Bosh was six.
Living Things view their shows as communal gatherings. "We're called Living Things because we are all living things - we're us, but we're also you; we're everybody," Lillian posits. "When we play a show, it's not like we're this big band and we're onstage and you're not; we're all onstage."
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has 'closed,' the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. AND I AM CAESAR."
- Julius Caesar (as cited in the artwork for Turn In Your Friends & Neighbors)