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LAist Interview: Blake Sennett

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With three full length albums under their belt, lyrics that illuminate the human condition, and a devoted fan-base, Rilo Kiley has secured a place as one of indie-rocks most beloved bands.


While their newest album, Under the Blacklight, will not debut until August 21, they are set to kick things off tonight at a "secret" show in Eagle Rock. The band will then embark on a world-wide, cross-country tour, whereby they will return to Los Angeles on October 15, playing the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Before the show tonight, Rilo's guitarist and co-vocalist Blake Sennett took some time to sit down with LAist:

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LAist: Let’s talk about lyrics first. [Lead singer] Jenny [Lewis] sings some very personal lyrics, saying, “I’m only a woman” in I Never and sings of a women’s role in society and the bigger issues of empowerment in Does She Love You. What is the songwriting process like with you, [bassist] Pierre [de Reeder], and [drummer] Jason [Boesel]?

Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley: As far as the words go, that’s pretty much Jenny.

How much do you relate to those lyrics?

Being a fan of books, I feel so accustomed to reading stuff from a women’s perspective. And in terms of music in general, I’m a huge fan of storytelling, regardless of it being from a woman or man.

Elliott Smith, Indie labels, and more after the jump...