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Album Review

The Lillingtons broke up after 2001's Backchannel Broadcast, its members going on to form Teenage Bottlerocket and Stabbed in Back, while their small clutch of devout fans were left to spread the love that was a little-known pop-punk crew from Wyoming. Early 2006 found the original high-spirited cast of Kody Templeman, Cory Laurence, Tim O'Hara and Zachary Rawhouser reuniting with the assurance of a brand new record. These old fans (and a still small but growing number of new ones) rejoiced. Fulfilling that promise, The Too Late Show has arrived and with it comes — well, no real surprises for anyone familiar with the Lillingtons' back catalog. No tricks were pulled out of their collective back pocket; The Too Late Show is basically the same set of songs as the band's old stuff, but you know, new. And while this is hardly a bad thing since the songs are indeed fun, they do have the tendency to run into one another to resemble one giant track. Some may be turned off, but if this kind of pop-punk is your bag (you know who you are), this is one good show. "All I Hear Is Static" is an amusing appeal to watch television in peace ("I wish you would be quiet but you always start a riot when I pick up the remote control/I don't care about your day, can you please get out of the way so I can see?"), while Martians enjoy taking out celebrities with their ray guns during "Mars Vs. Hollywood." For the most part, it's all tongue-in-cheek and geeky humor once again (sci-fi, conspiracy theories and the lot) combining with an ever-present love of the Ramones and Screeching Weasel for 11 songs that promptly come and go in under 30 minutes. On one hand, it's tempting to be all "Seriously guys? Five years for 24 minutes of music?" But seeing as the songs are as strong as anything the Lillingtons have previously released, stop complaining and just sing along.

Customer Reviews

give these guys a medal!!!

....for making an amazing album!!

Still Stellar

The Lillingtons made a huge mark on the punk scene with their album, "Death By Television," which is arguably one of the best punk albums of all-time. "The Too Late Show" shows that nothing has changed and that the Lillingtons are still one of the best at what they do. Their ability to take a three chord pop-punk song and make it something their own is truly remarkable. No one song stands out here. The whole album is stellar from start to finish.

Weak effort from a great band

I agree that Death By Television is one of the greatest punk albums of all time. But, one of the things that made it great was the songwriting. For some reason, guitarist Zachary Rawhauser, who wasn't in the band for DBTV, has taken over almost all of the songwriting on this reunion release. The vocals are still great, and there are moments of greatness, but this is the last Lillingtons release you want in your collections. Fortunately, Kody Templeman is still writing songs in his other band, Teenage Bottlerocket. Also, scour around for old Clearview Records releases like Sh** Out of Luck and Idiot Word Search. Clearview re-released all the old material as a three disc compilation called Technically Unsound a few years back. Unfortunately it was hard to come by from day one, and it was never made available on any of the legal download sites.


Formed: 1996 in Newcastle, WY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Lillingtons blasted their way out of the sleepy cowtown of Newcastle, WY, in 1996 high off the influence of spirited bands like the Ramones, Screeching Weasel, and the Queers. Comprised of Kody Templeman (vocals/guitar), Cory Laurence (bass), and Tim O'Hara aka Timmy V (drums), the band also later included Zachary Rawhouser (guitar). Self-releasing their first album, 1996's Shit Out of Luck, the Lillingtons initially coupled their direct pop-punk approach with adolescent-styled lyrics about girls...
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