If his name doesn’t ring the bell, I’m gonna whisper it to you: Joe Lally formed Fugazi – the brilliant post-hardcore band – with Ian MacKaye in 1987 and remained the group’s bassist until their “indefinite hiatus” in 2003. Joe has also contributed occasional lyrics and vocals to Fugazi songs. He founded Tolotta Records (distributed through Dischord Records), which was active from 1994 until 2001, putting out notable releases by such artists as Dead Meadow, Spirit Caravan, Stinking Lizaveta & Orthrelm. In early 2002, Lally joined ex-Frodus members Shelby Cinca and Jason Hamacher on a project originally called The Black Sea, which would change its name to Decahedron and release an EP and an album before Lally left the band. He has also worked with John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer as the group Ataxia, releasing two albums: “Automatic Writing” (2004) and “AW II” (2007).
In 2006, Lally was playing solo shows on bass with slight laptop accompaniment in various college towns, which would lead up to Lally’s first solo album, There to Here, which was released in the fall of 2006. It features Jerry Busher, Ian MacKaye, Amy Farina, Guy Picciotto, Scott Weinrich and many other musicians from the DC music scene.
His second solo album, Nothing Is Underrated, was released in November 2007.
His 3rd album, “Why Should I Get Used To It” was released in April and we’ve got 11 pumping, pulsing, nice indie/post-rock songs.
Recorded in January 2010 at Mhouse in Rome, Joe Lally – vocals, bass, guitar, organ, fake strings; Elisa Abela – guitar, flute; Emanuele Tomasi – drums and percussion and Christine Mairer – cello, delivered a charming collection of modern rock songs with charming indie after-taste, spacy and straight compositions with refreshing flute and cello spices and the pumping, driving and drifting bass of Joe. Joe’s voice is warm, guiding and friendly.
Absolutely charming and refreshing while most of the so-called indie products lost their sense.