Tybee Post Theatre’s Quarantine Concert series is hosting its first doubleheader with Savannah’s hard rock band, Modern Hero, and grunge revivalists, LILAKK.


LILAKK is fronted by power couple Kirk Brandon Joiner (vocals/lead guitar) and Calli Aston Joiner (vocals/guitar). The duo played music together for several years before forming a full band in 2017 with bassist Johnny Covington and drummer Zach Young. Since then, LILAKK have released three singles that will make listeners feel like they are just discovering an early 90s band they somehow missed back then.


LILAKK wear their influences fully on their sleeves in the video for their single "Pep Rally" which immediately calls to mind the grimy gymnasium from "Smells Like Teen Spirit."


"Pep Rally is definitely an homage to all of my influences—Nirvana, STP, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam," explained Kirk Joiner. "I wanted to really show honor to those bands and I’m glad the video turned out like it did—it was very grungy."


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"Where we shot it at was actually in Savannah in a really old practice studio where a lot of local bands practice," continued Calli Joiner. "It’s kind of rustic, it’s not that nice in there, so it just gives you that grungy feel, and everybody was having a great time, which really reflects on our shows and how we are as a band."


LILAKK’s follow-up single and video, "Rain" was released on July 3 and has reached a larger audience, earning them new fans from all over the world.


"We’re really excited and happy about the response we’ve gotten over the music video," said Calli Joiner. "It’s been doing really well and we’ve been getting a lot of global recognition from Spain and Argentina, the UK, so we’re just really stoked on the different opportunities and reaching people out there."


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Although "Rain" was written before the pandemic, the themes of weathering a storm made it an apt choice for LILAKK’s next single.


"When quarantine hit, something fueled us where we became more driven, and that fire lit inside, and we just really wanted to give it the best production," said Calli Joiner.


"Rain" was inspired by Kirk and Calli’s fraught time living in Tampa, Florida. The couple had just gotten married and had a signed a record deal, but their dream of recording their debut album fell apart when the CEO of their record label, Tate Music Group, was caught embezzling money.


"We had money invested into it, so we were in the beginning stages to record an album, then everything halted and we lost the money that we had invested," explained Kirk. "We were stuck down in Florida trying to break into the music scene, starving, eating a lot of Ramen noodles, and it seemed like it rained every day. It was just depressing. We were newlyweds, we were trying to make it work, but we literally stepped into the hardest time of our lives."


"The song talks about it raining everyday, but it also talks about saving the flame of our relationship, and the rain being the problems coming down around us. No matter how hard it gets we’re trying to keep things intact and save the relationship."


Since touring is out of the question for LILAKK right now, they’ve shifted their energy into recording an EP, with plans for a fall release. The more pop oriented songs are inspired by bands like Silversun Pickups and Surfaces, and will feature synthesizers and other digital elements — LILAKK is even actively searching for a keyboard player.


"Whenever quarantine hit, I went ahead and bought studio equipment," said Kirk. "We have a school bus that was going to be our tour bus—well, I set it up as a studio."


A school bus studio is a nice addition to their fleet of work vehicles that include a touring van and Kirk & Calli’s Food Truck which they operate in their home town of Sylvania, Georgia.


Since the pandemic began, the only performance LILAKK has done is a streaming acoustic set hosted by their sponsor, Maverick Apparel, but their Quarantine Concert appearance will be the first time the band can showcase several of their new songs be at their grungiest — despite the lack of a live audience.


"The good thing about the virtual side is that everyone else in the world will be able to see it," said Calli Joiner. "I actually have some friends in Vegas who I know are going to tune in, who never get to see us."


"It’s different because it’s hard to connect," added Kirk Joiner, "but whether we play for one person or 400 people, we always give it the same energy and we do it because we love what we do."


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