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Lilly Rouge / Press

"Lilly is an exceptional vocalist especially considering the power she is summoning despite wearing a corset (a decision she may or may not live to regret), but I certainly did not detect any obvious difficulties. She managed to actively move around the stage without missing a beat, note, breath- WHATEVER!"

“After playing at Big Day Out and Dead of Winter Festival earlier this year, Lilly Rouge will be embarking on a nationwide tour this October in promotion of their current EP, Switchblade. Known for their spunky rock anthems touched with fierce sensitivity, Lilly Rouge has been garnering attention worldwide with their current EP and title track Switchblade — a blistering pop-rock number laden with toxic percussion and energetic guitar. Check 'em at Cherry Bar on Sunday October 27. - See more at: http://www.beat.com.au/music/lilly-rouge-announce-switchblade-tour-0#sthash.1gsb210Z.vIqwuz0f.dpuf”

“Not only did the female-fronted quintet play Australia’s largest music festival, The Big Day Out, in January, but they also released their second EP, ‘Black Blood’. And balancing equal parts hard rock distortion and “fuck the world, let’s party” attitude, ‘Black Blood’ oozes all the right ingredients for a modern rock ‘n’ roll classic. “Just imagine really heavy rock ‘n roll mixed with some sexy-ass female vocals,” singer-songwriter Leah Elizabeth Martin-Brown explains. “Add a little speed, Jack Daniels and someone who’s really pissed off; maybe throw in a gothic monster or two and then you might get an idea of what’s going on. “It’s dark, it’s heavy, it’s a little bit unusual, but it’s definitely got something special that I feel hasn’t been in the market for a long time.””

“Despite their debauched subject matter and hard rocking tendencies, every track on this Gold Coast five piece's second EP is sleek and immediate. The voice of lead woman Lilly Rouge is mixed high atop distorted riffs and military beats- each sweetly melodised chorus emphasised with her vocals double tracked. Their sound harks back to the radio friendly hard-rock of the 1980s, though updated to include the influence of quasi-alternative rockers such as Evanescence. Opening track 'Spit on Your Grave' is an excellent introduction to their sound but the peak of the EP comes two songs later with the darkly entertaining title track.”

Jan Wisniewski - InPress

““I feel like Severed Souls was an introductory release – heavy, riffy and melodically interesting but playing it relatively safe so as not to scare away too many people too quickly. I think Black Blood is a step up because it is a little offensive with songs like Spit On Your Grave and King of Cruel. The EP also has some heavier musical ideas and darker themes but it still contains the essence of what our music represents: That it is okay to be a little freaky, it is okay to get angry and it is definitely alright to want to party and be totally carefree.””

“Last week, the who’s who of Australian independent artists gathered at Sydney’s state of the art Star City function centre to celebrate the annual Australian Independent Music Awards, more commonly known as MusicOz. Gold Coast four piece, Lilly Rouge were amongst over 150 finalists up for best song in the rock category with their recently released single Switchblade. They’ve been promoting the hell out of Switchblade during their recent Australian tour. Much to the delight of front woman and songwriter Lilly, the group placed in the Top 5 on the night, giving her and the rest of the band something to celebrate well into the wee hours of the morning. “We are just so excited and humbled by the result!” Lilly said. “There were so many amazing artists nominated for this award and to be in the top 5 in Australia is something we never expected!” The band were also finalists in the singer/songwriter category for their as yet unreleased track, Exposed.”

“The Big Day Out will be heavy on Gold Coast flavour this year with two local acts counting down the day until they hit the stage with the massive touring festival. Local rockers, Lilly Rouge landed a set on the Big Day Out line-up at Parklands Showgrounds on Sunday ahead of their EP launch. Lead singer, Leah Martin-Brown said she and her band mates were surprised to get the phone call to play at one of Australia's favourite music festivals. "We're not really sure how we landed it to be honest." Ms Martin-Brown said. "Our publicist put us forward and the organisers got back to us in September and said we were on!" "We're stoked and can't wait for the day, we keep pinching ourselves out of disbelief!" Last year was massive for the local five piece- with gig commitments, planning an international tour and writing an EP which will be released on February 8th at the Hard Rock Cafe. Lilly Rouge scored a 30 minute set on the Red Stage at 12.30pm which will host the Cairos...”

Jessica Huxley - Gold Coast Bulletin

“Heavy rock outfit, Lilly Rouge are currently touring nationally, supporting their new EP Switchblade which has the title track nominated for Best Rock Song in the MusicOz Awards being held in Sydney this month. The four-piece band form the Gold Coast put dark lyrics with powerful female vocals and memorable riffs creating songs that ooze attitude. It's no wonder they are making noise in the local music scene! Having played alongside some of the best acts in the world which include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and Dead Letter Circus, and supported the likes of Everclear and The Presidents of the United States of America, Lilly Rouge are showing no sogns of slowing down. We go to speak with songwriter and front-lady Lilly while she and the band waited for their flight to board en-route to their current national tour.”

“Gold Coast hard rockers, Lilly Rouge have been announced for the Big Day Out lineup on the Gold Coast on January 20. The band will play the Hard Rock cafe to launch their new EP Black Blood on Friday February 8 supported by fellow Gold Coasters Fox Hunt and Melbourners, Arcane Saints. ”

Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Bulletin

“Congratulations to A-Venue bands Sneeky Picnic, Skinwalkers, Lilly Rouge, Dave's Pawn Shop and The Vernons who have been added to the Gold Coast Big Day Out line-up on Sunday 20 January. Catch the bands on the RED stage from 11am. They will be joining other Queensland bands The Medics, Dead Letter Circus, I Heart Hiroshima, Paul Mac, The Cairos, Bob Log III, Hey Geronimo, WE ALL WANT TO, Evil Edie and triple j Unearthed winners Jakarta Criers.”

“JP: You have said that you plan to spearhead the rock revolution, what do you think needs changing? LR: Music needs to stop being viewed as a way to make cash and instead be seen as a way to relate to others and express different opinions. JP: Who do you think your music speaks to? Through listening to your EP, I get the feeling the song All You Freaks is an anthem of sorts. LR: I’d like to think that my music speaks to whoever is listening but I particularly aim it at those who feel like they don’t belong anywhere. JP: Severed Souls will be launched at Billy’s Beach House on Saturday Jun 2 after years of build-up. Can you tell us a bit about the recording process and why its gestation was such an extended one? LR: It’s taken this long to come up with the right mix of sounds and ideas to create a debut EP I feel is of a high enough calibre to compete in the international music market. I guess we’ll see if it was worth the wait. ”