“The title cut to Habit of Being is a rough and rocking number shot through with elements of surf guitar. Like a blast of pure Springsteen by way of the Gun Club, Willis’ voice carries a weight with it that lends believable quality to the repeated refrain of “I’ll ride on.” “Happy Birthday to the Bomb” is the quieter affair between it and “Nobody Calls Me Home,” with its viola sweetening a sad tune.“Happy Birthday” and “Nobody Calls Me Home” could even be seen as fraternal twins — they’re both born of the same short sadness — clocking in rather quickly, but while “Happy Birthday” is plaintive in its longing, “Nobody Calls Me Home” is a hoarse shout.”
“Last November, Lawrence's Til Willis released three full-length albums simultaneously. There were two solo albums, Hackles and Tin Star, as well as Cars Etcetera, recorded with his full band, Erratic Cowboy. Together, they added up to a staggering 41 songs. "I tend to write a lot, and be writing all the time," Willis says with a laugh. "The guys in the band like to joke that, on any given day, I have half an album ready to go." Willis sounds breezy when he says this, but with this kind of output, he can afford a little nonchalance.”
“Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy are actually anything but erratic, they have honed in on just a portion of their sound to make “Cars Etcetera” a bumping rock record. They even organized three albums for release on the same day in order to ensure cohesive groups of songs. On “Cars” the pace is kept intense and “Winter In America” finds a much more relaxed, driving groove to follow. The 90s obviously hold a strong place in the hearts of the band as they could fit right in somewhere between alternative and power pop from that era. “YWYHOYD” is another clear standout with crisp guitar licks and a strong backline. There is something undeniably unique about Willis and his band you might not be able to peg, but with this album it is obvious they are doing something right.”
“Til Willis, "Winter In America" Willis performs a solo version of a song which was already pretty stark when backed by his band, Erratic Cowboy, on their new album, Cars Etcetera. Here, it's positively bleak, working very much in the vein of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska.”
“Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy describe their sound as “future-rustic indie-rock,” which sounds about right. ‘Cars Etcetera’ has an ’80s post-punk vibe guaranteed to get you out of your chair and bouncing around the room.”
“These songs are genuine and sincere, something that might turn away cynics and lovers of irony. They are fleshed out full-blooded, infused with politics and poetry. But these songs are not over-the-head or too on-the-nose or kneecapped by Willis’ preoccupations.”
“Til Willis is the kind of secret treasure for songwriters. The kind that one day you’ll be listening to the radio and hear a song that sounds both vaguely familiar and terribly new and you’ll ask, “Who is that?”. And they’ll say some forgettable name but then end the sentence with a smile they’ll add, “but it was written by Til Willis.””
“It’s difficult to pin such an adventurous act into any one genre. That’s why Willis, Otting and Binkley created their own. “As a band, we’re constantly asked, ‘What style of music do you play?’ We lovingly refer to what we do as ‘future-rustic indie roots rock,’” Willis explains with a chuckle. “I think that confuses people enough that they stop asking, but gives them kind of an idea of what we’re doing.””
"Til strives to deliver substance in his own orchard of sound."
"The 14 tracks on "Crow, Soldier" are drawn from strong images and a hurtling sense of urgency, enhancing the band’s dynamism."
“Clearly these musicians were all working for the sake of the song. They seem to be one giant moving mass. Through fourteen tracks this album doesn’t let up, and I mean that in the best possible way. All in all this is a very strong album by a band few have heard, and I can only hope that they will very soon.”
““Crow, Soldier” is as adventurous as it is captivating. It’s an amazing, creative and forward-thinking album that’s worth multiple listens.”
“I'm really excited for another chance to post something about one of the best up and coming rock bands in the Lawrence area, Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy.”
““So many delicate fears run through an election year.” So begins the first song on singer-songwriter Til Willis’s new album Land of Sawdust and Spangles. It might seem too keen and appropriate, given that the presidential election only is 45 days away, but that line certainly reflects a frustrating truth about our country’s election cycle.”
“Til Willis and his backing band Erratic Cowboy have recorded what is probably the best politically charged local album you'll hear in a good while.”
“Til Willis is among the truest of the true Indie artists.”