Reilly Press and Reviews
Review by Brian Mansfield - USA Today (Dec 18, 2008) 

Kick Ass Celtic Christmas, Reilly (Oglio).
 Milwaukee Celtic rockers play boisterous versions of Christmas in Killarney and The Little Drummer Boy, as well as Christmas (I Can Explain), which could be about the kid in Nuttin' for Christmas once he hit adolescence. www.reillyrocks.com 


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Review by Alex Henderson - AMG (Oct 28, 2008) ​ 
Kick Ass Celtic Christmas may go down in history as the most irreverent Christmas release of 2008. This 47-minute CD is hardly the first Celtic-oriented Christmas album; there have been plenty of them over the years. But the thing that separates Kick Ass Celtic Christmasfrom other Celtic Christmas discs is the fact that humor is such a prominent ingredient -- not subtle or understated humor, but rowdy, sneering, in-your-face humor. The Milwaukee-based band Reilly frequently combine Celtic music (generally of the Irish variety rather than the Scottish or Breton varieties) with punk, and that yields raucous and very edgy results on unlikely arrangements of Christmas standards that range from "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" to "The Little Drummer Boy" to "Good King Wenceslas." The Irish standard "Christmas in Killarney" has been recorded by numerous Celtic artists over the years, but rarely does it sound as boisterous as it does in Reilly's hands. Just how irreverent does Kick Ass Celtic Christmas get? On the dark-humored "Father Christmas," some juvenile delinquents threaten Santa with bodily harm if they don't get the presents they want. Dark humor, of course, has been a part of punk ever since the Ramones first made their presence felt back in the 1970s -- and "Father Christmas" is a prime example of how dark-humored punk (in Reilly's case, Celtic punk) can be. Kick Ass Celtic Christmas won't be everyone's cup of tea (or should that be "everyone's pint of Guinness?"), but then, the fact that this release is unusually ballsy for a Christmas album is a big part of its unorthodox appeal and a big part of what makes it so much fun (at least if one doesn't have delicate sensibilities). Bottom line: anyone who likes the idea of bringing together Christmas songs, Celtic music, punk, and politically incorrect humor will find a lot to enjoy on Kick Ass Celtic Christmas. 
"Kick Ass Celtic Christmas" is a high powered, rocking Christmas
album that leaves us speechless with a smile! 5 stars from Celtic Radio!"
--Paul MacArthur, Celtic Radio Music Network
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“Local Irish legends….”
--The Onion

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“Reilly have something for all music lovers.”
--Garageband.com

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“(Reilly) have developed their own sound and they do it well.”
--Dave Sleger, All Music Guide.com

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“A perfect blend of traditional Irish and rock music.”
--Brian Barney, Shepherd Express

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“Look for something different. An unusual take, a different angle. Look for Reilly.”
--Bobby Tanzillo, OnMilwaukee.com

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“Reilly performs in as much of an energetic,
hand-clapping and foot-stomping manner as possible.”
--Loreen Mohr, Racine Journal Times

Reviews
Press Snippets
Local Celtic rock group Reilly has endured the typical sort of challenges 13-year-old bands face, such as lineup changes and, um, cicadas.

The band played at the Chicago Scots Highland Games in 2007, the year that the Chicago area was swarming with the 17-year cicadas.

"The vibrations (from the speakers) freaked them out," said Brian Bruendl, Reilly's drummer and vocalist. "They started flying up our short legs and got under our clothes. It was pretty awful. It was like the plague."

"I bit into a cicada while singing," said primary lead vocalist and guitarist Michael "Tinker" Tierney. "Every cicada that was ever born was there. But then our band had the best cicada jokes."

Reilly survived the onslaught of insects, and is celebrating its fourth album, "Revelry and Regret," a collection of 10 originals and four covers, with a free show Feb. 22 at Burke's Irish Castle that will include complimentary food. No word yet whether chocolate-covered cicadas are on the menu.

Who's who: drummer and vocalist Bruendl, guitarist and primary lead vocalist Tierney; bassist and vocalist Joe Neumann; and violinist and vocalist Kimberly Unger. Tierney spoke for the band.

Day jobs: Bruendl has a locksmith business. Tierney works in outpatient rehabilitation. Neumann is a graphic artist. Unger is an administrations manager for Kraft Music in Franklin.

Their other "night jobs": Bruendl plays in multiple bands including The Orphans. Tinker is in the Beatles and Metallica mash-up tribute band Beatallica as Jaymz Lennfield. Neumann plays in Fuzee. Unger is with the Whiskeybelles and the Racine Symphony Orchestra.

Reilly website: reillyrocks.com 

Formative musical experiences: My mom and dad were not really into music growing up, so I discovered a lot of it really on my own. My oldest cousin was a big Kiss fan; I was maybe 4 or 5 when he got me into that. I didn't play with army men, I didn't play with trucks, I didn't have toy guns. I wanted to be (former Kiss guitarist) Ace Frehley.

When I was 17, my mom asked me to pick up my sister from high school, and some guys she knew were waiting for me in the parking lot. They asked, "Are you Tinker?" I said, "Yeah." They said, "Do you like rock and roll?" I said yes. They asked, "Do you want to be in a band?" I said yes. My first show was playing at Odd Rock Cafe, opening for this band called Blind Illusion. The bass player, Les Claypool, went on to form Primus.

When Reilly formed: That was in 2000. Brian is actually the longest standing member. In late 2001, I got involved at the County Clare and posted an ad on their board looking to start a new project. Given the timbre of my voice, I had started growing toward acoustic music and through family connections was booking shows at Irish pubs.

The next day I got an email from Reilly's then mandolin player - we had been friends for a while - saying, "Hey, are you interested in joining our band?" I started in 2002 and had to learn 45 songs on an instrument I had never played before, the bass. Eventually, when other people left the band I moved to guitar. Kimmy joined in 2006 and Joe around 2008.

Band name backstory: "Brian Reilly was the original percussion player who put this pub band together," Bruendl explained. "He passed away shortly after that. I never met the man, but it was named after him in tribute."

Working on "Revelry and Regret": This lineup has been together for a good chunk of time, we're playing tighter and knew each other's idiosyncrasies. We feel our spin on the whole Irish tradition is something different than a lot of bands around here. Some songs on the record, my vocals might be a little more abrasive, and then there are some songs that are a lot more ethereal. And all of us are singing lead at some point, like in Kiss. It all goes back to Kiss. ("Revelry and Regret" will be made available to purchase on Amazon and CD Baby this month; links will be made available on the band's website.)

Favorite song on the album: "Fireflies." The sound of that one for this band is something like we haven't attempted before. It's a lot more contemporary. That is based on a true story about a client I had on a dementia unit. Her son was not understanding the disease, and she had just enough clarity left to be telling him, "It's OK, I'm going to be OK," and she coached him through her dementia.

Favorite song to cover: "Poor Paddy Works on the Railway." That is a pretty classic Irish traditional cover song that many bands have done, like the Dubliners and the Pogues. But we included our own set of lyrics and added another little midsection and Brian threw in different syncopated beats. It's one of the ways that the band makes other songs their own.

Dream act to open for: We'd go well with bands like Cowboy Mouth or Barenaked Ladies. They're fun, they're very interactive. Opening for a non-Irish band, that would show that our band can survive in other markets.

Where do you want to be in five years? We want to have recorded another album, for sure, and we're always trying to expand the territory (beyond the Midwest). We consider ourselves one of the hardest-working bands in the state. One time we had a gig in Indiana, drove to Chicago for a gig and back to Milwaukee for another gig, all in one day.

Celtic rock group Reilly celebrates fourth album, 'Revelry and Regret'
By Piet Levy of the Journal Sentinel 
Bill Schulz - Editor
Feb. 6th, 2013
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