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"People are so used to the stereotype of girls being manufactured," says bassist-vocalist Louise Burns, one-third of the vocal firepower behind Canadian female foursome Lillix. "The public is now starting to become more aware that girls do musical things like play guitars and write songs. Girls do rock."

Spoken like true rock veterans, there's no doubt that the girls of Lillix are set to put their music where their mouths are. With a lead vocal triple threat made up of guitarist Tasha-Ray Evin (17), older sister and keyboardist Lacey-Lee Evin (19), and bassist Louise Burns (17), as well as an accomplished drummer in recent addition Kim Urhahn (23), the band has a well-cultivated musical vision.

In the Evin household, located in the heavily wooded rural town of Cranbrook, British Columbia (surrounded by the Purcell Mountains to the West and the Canadian Rockies to the North,) music has been calling since the girls were old enough support the weight of a guitar. Six years since picking up instruments for the first time, Lillix is set to strike North American audiences with their rambunctious, pop-infused rock and roll on Falling Uphill, the band's Maverick Records debut.

Falling Uphill is the culmination of years of successfully fighting boredom in Cranbrook, a town of 18,000 inhabitants. "There is nothing to do in Cranbrook," says Burns. "That is the reason we started the band. It?s a huge hockey town, not a big music town. A typical Friday night involves going to bush parties where everyone hangs around a bonfire drinking beer."

But the girls refused to be limited by the surroundings. Without a nearby hipster culture to influence their choices, they had increased freedom to craft a style all their own. Armed with influences running the gamut from Queen to Weezer and the Beatles to Radiohead, Lillix set up shop in the Evins' basement while still in the 7th grade, and started belting out rock-edged pop tunes written and played by their own hands and own instruments. "When we started out, we were 11-year-old girls," says Burns. "The music was pop but we played our instruments so it wasn't bubblegum stuff. Now we have matured and taken influences from different bands and different genres and put them into one. You can't really define our sound. It's so eclectic."
Lillix hooked up with an impressive list of producers to shape the sound of Falling Uphill, including the Matrix (Avril Lavigne), Philip Steir (No Doubt), former 4-Non Blonde Linda Perry (Pink, Christina Aguilera), John Shanks (The Corrs, Michelle Branch) and the omnipotent Glen Ballard on "24/7. "Glen was so awesome," says Burns. "He has this presence around him that just makes you feel safe and warm."

Additionally, with both Lacey-Lee and Tasha-Ray as well as Burns trading off lead vocalist and songwriting duties throughout the record, Uphill weaves several contrasting vocal textures into a coherent pop-rock tapestry that quickly leaves an indelible mark on the eardrums.
First single "It's About Time" shows off the quartet's long-simmering talents, with soaring harmonies and an infectious chorus, while songs like "Tomorrow" and "Quicksand" showcase Lillix's spunkier, anthemic rock side. Toss in a cover of the Romantics' classic "What I Like About You," which served as the theme to the WB comedy of the same name, and Falling Uphill serves as a rowdy antidote to the teenage pop doldrums -- a potent sonic cocktail that is anything but paint-by-numbers.

"Our music comes from the heart," adds guitarist-vocalist Tasha-Ray Evin. "Everything that we write, we believe in. That's what propels this band."

FUN FACTS

Lacey-Lee
My first name: Lacey-Lee M.
My last name: Evin
My age: 19
Zodiac sign: Libra
Main instrument: Keyboards, Vocals
Other instruments played: Guitar, Flute, Drums, the EGG
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 5' 1/2" (yes, that is a half inch)
Marital Status (single, casually dating, steady boyfriend, don?t want to say):
casually dating (unfortunately) but i would like a steady boyfriend (if that?s possible!)
Qualities You Look For In A Partner Are:
Musical, Understanding, Trusting, Enjoys my Company, Treats me good, Humorous.... I dunno, I just want someone who likes me and WANTS to be with me. As well, i guess there must be some sort of physical attraction too! haha.
My Dream mate: Rivers Cuomo with a dash of Jack Black
My Future Goals Are:
Get Married, Have Kids, Design my dream house in Vancouver, record a funk/dance/new wave album with Louise under a secret identity,
My Favorite Saying/Quote Is:
"Shittake Butter Yaki" ,"ahh..come on den", "junk", "where da party at?", "corner time" , "gooch"(all inside jokes...which no one will understand)
My motto in life is:
Expect the worst but hope for the best ... I know, kind of a downer, but I guess you could say I look at things realistically and I don?t want to give myself false hope...
Education (High School Student, graduated High School, College Student, Graduated College - specify which establishment (s):
Graduated High School
What Would You Do With $1 Million Dollars :
"If i had a million dollars"...
My favorite band/artist (s): Weezer, Queen, Marianas Trench, Supertramp, Radiohead, Lauren Hill, Blur, The Pixies, Nirvana
My favorite website (s):
www.weezer.com , www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/tab.html , www.thespark.com , www.kootenayice.net , haha
My favorite movie (s):
Labyrinth, Wayne?s World, The Garbage Pail Kids movie, Never ending Story, Dazed and Confused
My hobbies include:
Music (writing, listening, playing), Drawing, Computers, doing questionnaires about myself...
My favorite color: Pink, Green, Black
How would you describe your fashion style: Retro/Feminine/Bbop/Mod and a side order of sweatpants...
My first concert attended:
Philosopher Kings in Cranbrook
Any tattoos? If not what would you get:
Yes, i have one... Its a Libra sign on my inner right ankle .
If your house was on fire, which one item would you take with you?:
My Scrapbooks
If you were not a musician, what would you be doing?: Probably going to school, studying architecture.
What upsets you the most?:
When i feel under appreciated or lonely
What's your favorite food?: CEREAL!
Favorite TV show?: Tiny Toons, Degrassi High
Coolest person you?ve ever met?:
I guess it would be Madonna
I?d give anything to meet?:
My grandpa who passed away before i was born.
You?d never know that I ...?:
That the ambulance once came to my elementary school to rescue me because of my foot being stuck in the fence. Also... I'm known as 'the voice that no one hears'


Kim Urhahn
My first name: Kim
My last name: Urhahn
My age: 23
Zodiac sign: Libra
Main instrument: Drums
Other instruments played: Backup vocals, bongos
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Brown
Height: Taller then all the other girls
Marital Status (single, casually dating, steady boyfriend, don?t want to say): Why, are you asking?
Qualities You Look For In A Partner Are: Not missing teeth, has all their hair, is taller than me
My Dream mate: The Drummer Extraordinaire
My Future Goals Are: Play drums well
My Favorite Saying/Quote Is: Shitake (makes a Llama face)
My motto in life is: Appreciate everything
Education (High School Student, graduated High School, College Student, Graduated College - specify which establishment (s):
Graduated Lord Byng High school in Vancouver, graduated Vancouver Community College, Music diploma specializing in Latin percussion
What Would You Do With $1 Million Dollars: Buy stuff
My favorite band/artist (s): The Ramones
My favorite website (s): Mine of course! Duh
My favorite movie (s): Pootie Tang
My hobbies include: Playing drums, sewing
My favorite color: Green
How would you describe your fashion style: A girl wearing clothes
My first concert attended: Tiffany
Any tattoos? If not what would you get: Oh yah!
If your house was on fire, which one item would you take with you?:
Is there enough time to unload the whole drum set?
If you were not a musician, what would you be doing?:
Open my own clothing store
What upsets you the most?: Dishonest people
What's your favorite food?: gummy candy (is that a food?)
Favorite TV show?: Letterman (I love Anton)
Coolest person you?ve ever met?:
Simkin (ha ha) - Mike Mangini (drum god)
I?d give anything to meet?:
Gina Shock, Cindy Blackman (more drummers)
You?d never know that I ...?:
Can belch better then a guy

Louise Burns
My first name: Louise
My last name: Burns
My age: 17
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Main instrument: bass
Other instruments played: piano, triangle
Eye Color: green/blue (depends what I?m wearing)
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 8'9
Marital Status (single, casually dating, steady boyfriend, don't want to say):
casually single
Qualities You Look For In A Partner Are:
what a stupid question
My Dream mate: ?
My Future Goals Are: to go to university
My Favorite Saying/Quote Is:
"Live your own life, not the life others say you should"
My motto in life is:
be yourself (wow, how original)
Education (High School Student, graduated High School, College Student, Graduated College - specify which establishment (s):
still in high school
What Would You Do With $1 Million Dollars:
invest and donate
My favorite band/artist (s):
The Beatles, Silverchair, Incubus, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Jimi Hendrix
My favorite website (s):
My favorite movie (s):
Wild Hearts Cant Be Broken, Soldier, She knows, He's Back, The Son
My hobbies include:
writing, playing piano and bass, horseback riding, throwing jeans into the air, making pizzas, talking to Jeff
My favorite color: blue
How would you describe your fashion style: comfort grub
My first concert attended: Fred Penner
Any tattoos? If not what would you get:
getting a native killer whale drawing on my back
If your house was on fire, which one item would you take with you?:
everything i could
If you were not a musician, what would you be doing?:
something equestrian-related, and school, listening to music
What upsets you the most?:
when other people are upset
What's your favorite food?:
scones (my moms homemade, with jam), fruit
Favorite TV show?: Francine Dancer
Coolest person you've ever met?: tons
I'd give anything to meet?:
George Harrison (unfortunately, that?s completely impossible)
You'd never know that I .?: come on den!>

Tasha-Ray Evin
My first name: Tasha-Ray
My last name: Evin
My age: 17
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Main instrument: guitar
Other instruments played: flute, bass, drums, keys
Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: blond
Height: 5'2
Marital Status (single, casually dating, steady boyfriend, don't want to say):
single
Qualities You Look For In A Partner Are:
smart, funny, anyone who isn't materialistic..and superficial.
My Dream mate: Taylor Hanson
My Future Goals Are: do a tour around the world
My Favorite Saying/Quote Is: bulletproof
My motto in life is: the one who denied it, supplied it!
Education (High School Student, graduated High School, College Student, Graduated College - specify which establishment (s):
high school student
What Would You Do With $1 Million Dollars:
donate money to preserve the rain forest, invest.
My favorite band/artist (s):radiohead
My favorite website (s):
My favorite movie (s):what dreams may come
My hobbies include:
fishing, writing songs, singing, guitar, camping, archery.
My favorite color: black
How would you describe your fashion style: conservative/rock
My first concert attended: philosopher kings
Any tattoos? No
If not what would you get: don't know yet
If your house was on fire, which one item would you take with you?:
toothbrush, underwear.
If you were not a musician, what would you be doing?:
biologist
What upsets you the most?: neglect
What's your favorite food?: sushi
Favorite TV show?: Seinfeld
Coolest person you've ever met?: WEEZ
I'd give anything to meet?: Kurt Cobain
You'd never know that I .?:worst speller in the world!

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