Local Music Limelight: Lily in the Weeds

[Article courtesy of Julia Oller of The Columbus Dispatch - Feb. 8, 2018]

When Alex Burnsides met her boyfriend several years ago, she remained skeptical about his supposed guitar-playing abilities until he started strumming.

“There’s a difference between ‘I play guitar’ on Tinder — which means ‘I play Jack Johnson at parties’ — and actually playing guitar,” Burnsides, 27, said. ’So the first time I heard him, I was like, ‘Yeah, we have to write songs together. This is going to be a thing.’”

Burnsides sang backup vocals in the over-the-top blues-rock band Zoo Trippin’ and Mike Furman played guitar in the low-key blues-rock band Gold From Grief. The two joined forces in late 2016 to create psychedelic blues-rock group Lily in the Weeds, adding identical twins Andy (bass) and Matt (drums) Bailey.

They’ve taken their time coming up in the local music scene, playing a few shows here and there while preparing to record a debut EP in the next few months.

“We’re both perfectionists. The drummer and bassist we hooked up with on Craigslist are both perfectionists,” Burnsides said. “There are so many talented musicians in Columbus (that) I didn’t want to get out there and bomb and have them say, ‘That was great, sweetie.’”

With greater confidence and an armful of new songs, Lily in the Weeds will perform Friday at Spacebar.

Q: What themes do you write about?

A: I’m a happy-go-lucky, loosey person, but my songs are mostly about things that make me mad. ... Most of my songs are about the trials and tribulations about being a woman in today’s day and age. There’s a song I wrote about having an argument, usually with a man, where you’re totally calm and making sense and they tell you to calm down. Like, no, why would you do that?

Lily in the Weeds

Where: Spacebar, 2590 N. High St.

Contact: www.spacebarcolumbus.com

Style: blues-rock

Doors open: 9 p.m. Friday

Admission: $5; $2 surcharge for age 20 and younger

Q: Where do you do the bulk of your songwriting?

A: I do a lot of writing in the car. I don’t know how safe that is. If I sing something that’s terrible, no one will hear so I have more creative liberty with that. I’m sure the people that drive by me think I’m crazy, but they’re not wrong.

Q: How are you feeling about recording your debut EP soon?

A: It’s kind of terrifying to think about. I always find the studio to be super daunting. I don’t sit still very well, and a lot of recording time is not active. I get really restless and overthink things. I always love the finished product but usually during I’m a bit of a basket case. It’s an exercise in patience. I’m like, ‘I want it to sound perfect now. What do you mean we have to do another take?’”

 Julia Oller