There are a lot of bands on Figment, but some just plain stand out.  Lips Laced With Cyanide (LLWC) is one such band.

From the moment LLWC released their first EP “Haunt” they have slowly but surely developed a devoted and rabid following.  Respected by fellow bands, Fait Accompli recently expressed disbelief when told that they had narrowly beaten them out for the coveted “Best Developed Band” Figgie award, LLWC has released a series of EPs and LPs that not only point to a young band on the rise, but one blessed with remarkable maturity.  Despite being thrust into the spotlight the band has continued to deliver on their original promise, and with the release of their newest LP due this week the band seems poised for a bright future.

We sat down with Lili, the band’s lead singer, to find out how they’re coping with their sudden popularity and to see what she thinks the future holds for LLWC.

Figment:  Let’s get right to it…what’s behind your band’s name?

Lili:  There is a quote, um, I think it might be part of a poem, but I’m not sure.  But it’s basically where we got the name from.

The quote is:

It was true when they said love is the slowest form of suicide, because his lips are laced with cyanide, and I’m addicted to his kiss.

It just…seemed to fit in so right with every thing.  I fall, too hard and too fast for guys, and I can’t get back up.  Then, I get so…addicted to these men and can’t get my thoughts away from them.  And it hurts me very bad when I know they don’t feel the same way.  It kills me. The quote just brings a sort of explanation of my emotions and I felt it was perfect for the band.

I don’t want to make it sound like I’m the owner or most important person, however, in the band.  But most of the lyrics are written either by me or about me.  The others are perfectly content with it, so long as they get in themselves too sometimes.

Figment:  Your band formed in high school and continued to play together in college.  Now that you’re no longer a struggling band of students, what’s it like navigating the treacherous waters of the music business?

Lili:  Well, the music business is very unruly and dangerous.  You can’t really trust anybody, except for those who share a common goal, such as my band mates, who just want to get our music out to the world.  Most record companies are greedy and ruthless and they use and destroy many good bands in the process of getting the money. Now, I understand they have kids to feed and lives to maintain, I’m just voicing my thoughts here.

Also, the press is uncaring of personal lives.  As soon as we got famous, they were barging in everywhere and we felt like we had nothing personal left.  They even dredged up pictures from Corey’s wild party days in Romania.  So, we have to learn to protect ourselves and family from that.

Another thing is, competing bands. Some bands just want to be famous and don’t care what it takes to get there. They will fight tooth-and-nail for the most insane things that don’t seem to matter.  We have learned to distance ourselves from other bands precisely for this reason but hope to begin making friends now that we are relatively safe in our position.

Figment:  You narrowly missed winning two Figgie’s this year for Best Developed Band and Best Band Name.  Are awards important to you or are they just a distraction from making music?

Lili:  Awards are important to me, but not the only thing that we strive for.  Awards are like, icing on a cake.  What’s important is definitely the music and the message that we want to give out.

Awards are a way of getting more attention from the world and getting more fans.  But sometimes, if the band is too popular, it becomes “uncool” to like them.  In our music genre, most fans pride themselves on being different and non-conformist, so liking a huge band with lots of awards is less likely to happen.

We just hope to keep that balance between garage band and mega-famous, to the extent of getting the wrong fans who want superficial songs.

Figment:  You’ve released 2 full length LPs and 3 EPs.  How do you decide when to release your music?  Are the EPs more spur of the moment type recordings or just ideas that don’t fit on your LPs?

Lili:  We release music for a few different reasons.  Once or twice, releasing EPs has been just spur of the moment. But usually it takes a few months to write the music and lyrics and do the artwork.  Then we just release it when it’s done, no special waiting tradition.  Only the Our Dark Minds and The Republicans Revolt EPs were spur of the moment. The other EPs are just songs that we wrote after an LP had just come out and we couldn’t fit it onto our next LP.

We don’t like to release records repeatedly either.  Then we would just over-use everything and eventually become boring and lame.

Figment:  Your first LP “A Kiss in Fate” sold very well for a brand new band.  Why do you think that album resonated so much with fans?

Lili:  I believe that A Kiss In Fate connected with so many because it turned everyday feelings and thoughts into music that everyone could understand. Take for instance, “I’m A User.”  It blatantly speaks about the painful honesty that you know you are a user.  Of knowing you are someone who uses others just to get your own selfish wants.  No matter how good you are, you have used something in your lifetime.  And that song voices it all and has a catchy enough tune to sing along with.

Every song on there is something that hits deep in a person’s heart.  From drugs to homicidal suicide to lust, it gives a voice to the person’s innermost thoughts and emotion.

Figment:  Your last LP “For Once We’re the Powerful” was an album about self-empowerment.  As a band made up of equal parts women and men, what about that subject was appealing?  Was the album more of a statement by the women in the band?

Lili:  It was definitely more woman-centered.  Though we do have men in our band, it is generally the women who write the lyrics and sing the songs.  The men help with writing the music and playing it on their instruments. Obviously, I had a meeting about the album idea with the guys before presenting the idea to the record company. They liked the idea and said they would be glad to help.

The album was very important to me, as it was basically an outpouring of my thoughts and feelings about dating and men and general confusion, but getting past it all.  I was sick of letting them control me and this was a way to get that out.

Figment:  You have a new LP coming out, “Ménage à Trois”, which is a french term that is defined as “a relationship or domestic arrangement in which three people share a sexual relationship.”  Kind of a provocative title.  Care to elaborate on why you chose this title for your new record?

Lili:  We pride ourselves on being different and not afraid to get on more sensitive topics.

The band is pretty much centered on death and romance.  A very gothic-style, if you please.  And while trying to come up with a name for the newest album and possibly a concept to go with it, I got into sort of a love triangle with my drummer and a very close friend [whose name shall go unreleased.]  It just kind of…hit us, that Ménage à Trois was the perfect name for our newest album.  It hit, spot on, our feelings about each other and the world.  Like I said before, we are very into coming out and basically slapping people in the face about things other, wimpier, bands would hide from.

Figment:  Will you be touring on the new record?  Any idea who might open for you?

Lili:  Lips Laced With Cyanide will be touring in ’09.  But as for the other bands touring with us…we aren’t too sure yet.  Up to this point we have just been focusing on the music and getting fans and not necessarily paying much attention to other bands.

So, if there are any bands that would wish to tour, it would be happily accepted.

Figment:  You’ve been pretty outspoken in your political beliefs and have traded barbs with bands like The Warts and Revolting Republicans in the press.  Do you think politics have a place in music?

Lili:  Though I think politics should stay out of music, but it can’t and never will.  Music is about freeing your creativity and yourself.  And one of those things is the way you feel about your country and issues to go along with it.  If I have to, I would play a concert outside of an abortion clinic, if I thought it might change their minds a bit.

Figment:  What are you favorite bands on Figment?

Lili:  Though there are many great bands out there, there are a few that stand out…to us at least,

Amber Romance

Fait Accompli



Mind’s Eye

The Cityscape Burns


Reign of Sin

Suicide By Papercut


3 Seconds From Hell

A Night With The Past


Not For Real

Cosmic Catch

Roxy Valentine










Organized Kaos

Falling Up

When Chaos Fails


Revolting Republicans

Lvl 4 Death


Anal Leakage


Ice Age

Voodoo Chile

Abusement park

91 Arrests

Judas’ Daughters

The Pessimistic Romance


The Rude Awakening

Cutting Room

Figment:  What do you foresee in the future of Lips Laced With Cyanide?

Lili:  Hmm, that’s a hard question.

When we were in high school, LLWC started as just a little joke, a way to get all the pressures off of us for a little bit and just let go.  Certainly, I wanted a future in the music business, but I never imagined I would be where I am today.

So, it’s enough to say that I can’t really say I “foresee” anything.  But what I’m hoping for, and working toward, is just excelling in this.  Such as gaining more fans, going on a world tour, and having a platinum album.  And maybe, next year, Lips Laced With Cyanide will be up behind that podium, happily receiving our first Figgie.

With the way things are going for LLWC, something tell us that’s not out of their reach!

One Response to “Deadly Kiss – An Interview with Lips Laced With Cyanide”

  1. blacksunshine1 Says:

    Ahh! So excited to see this! Thanks!

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