The Lilies and Sparrows begin to spread folk-rock around Greenville

Posted by The Skyliner on November 12th, 2008

Tommy Lee
Staff Writer

Mike Twomey, the cello counterpart to Ben Patat’s acoustic guitar, plucks his strings in a melodic folk-rock fashion. Twomey is a student at Greenville Technical College. Photo by Chris Timmons.

The Lilies and Sparrows is inspired by the simplicity and complexity of music, and the fact that it is just fun to play.

“When Divide the Sea was touring and we had a night where we weren’t playing a show, I needed to write something. It was a natural instinct for me,” Patat said of his reason for starting The Lilies and Sparrows.

He played The Lilies and Sparrows’ first show in July, after which Twomey joined. Since then, they have played at The Silver Chair in Greer, The Channel in Greenville, and most recently won the NGU Battle of the Bands.

The Lilies and Sparrows has also played multiple house shows. The band is also planning a small tour in December that will see Charlotte and Columbia, among others.

TLAS songs talk about hard issues like disease and child abuse, and then speak about living life to the fullest, or knowing God works all things for the good of those who love Him. On one song they talk about the end of the world, and on the other, the insurance we as Christians have in Christ. They express these songs through different instruments ranging from a guitar to a banjo and even a cello.

The Lilies and Sparrows is influenced by a mixture of rock and folk bands that ranges from The Avett Brothers to mewithoutYou to Arcade Fire and The White Stripes.

Twomey and Patat are beginning to record two six-song EPs that will be released in close succession of each other. Eventually, they want to release a full length instrumental album and also a gospel album that will recreate old hymns.

The Lilies and Sparrows describe their music as, “Worship and fun songs that are a very raw, organic sound that is not processed. It is the noise you would expect to hear if nature sang a song. What you hear is what you get.”

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