If any band were to be labeled as being “gimmicky,” Tilly and the Wall would be that band. Instead of employing a drummer, they have a tap dancer performing the percussion parts. Tap dancer as a drummer is definitely a unique sort of calling card and a way for people to remember them, but I’m suspect that most people would figure that these types of “gimmicky” bands generally aren’t that good and are only selling themselves on some weird, quirky attribute.
Despite the unconventional lineup – or perhaps because of it – Tilly and the Wall makes a lot of fun, energetic, danceable pop music. Songs like “The Freest Man” and “Beat Control” are catchy and enjoyable. Oh, and if you want to see how a band looks when they replace a drummer with a dancer, go check out Tilly and the Wall performing “Bad Education” on David Letterman: