Here’s a little story for you... A young, talented musician from Paris sends a message in a bottle. A cult singer from the Brazilian Tropicalist movement answers back. About a year later, WE ARE THE LILIES was born, featuring the sounds of Sergio “OS MUTANTES” Dias and Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family. Since a tale is not completed until a fairy shows up, two amazing artists came out of the blue to participate: JANE BIRKIN and IGGY POP.
In 2008 David was invited by a local radio to promote his band's 1st album - Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family Good Children Go To Heaven. One radio journalist asked him to bring a bunch of music that he would like the audience to know about. Tahiti Boy picked an album by OS MUTANTES, a major group from the 1960s Tropicalist group movement that brought the Brazilian revolution into art and culture. "How funny you picked this album" the radio journalist said, "one of my good friends just got married to the leader's daughter".
The journalist then asked David if it would be okay to give Mr. Dias his album; about a week later, David opened up his email to find a message from Sergio telling him how nice his album was and that they should consider making music together at some point. For a few months, Sergio and David were in correspondence, making this album a fantasy of their own, until March 2009, when Sergio told him they’ve talked enough and it’s time to finally act. Sergio came to Paris for the recording.
So here we are with these two new friends who are 20 years apart in age, who had never met until Sergio got off the plane at Charles De Gaulle Airport, and who were now cooped up in a small Parisian studio to write an album in five days. They wrote and recorded 15 songs with members of the Palmtree Family - a band that includes Antoine Hilaire from Jamaica and Jonathan Morali from Syd Matters. Sergio and David were immensely pleased; listening to songs like “Cry When You Sleep” and its communicative energy, the summer hit “Saravà” or the psychedelic cover of the traditional Brazilian song “Oh Bahià” left them feeling very accomplished indeed. However, two of the tracks, “Why?” and “Marie” needed a little extra oomph, so they called in Iggy Pop and Jane Birkin respectively to record on these tracks... Pretty cool, non? We’re happy to be able to tell you the start of this long tale called
WE ARE THE LILIES, this project that came out of some crazy gambles, this spontaneous adventure that will keep writing itself live on stage.