In the Presence of Nothing

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In the Presence of Nothing
Studio album by Lilys
Released September 1992
Genre Shoegazing
Label Slumberland/SpinART
Producer Jay Sorrentino and Ken Heitmueller
Lilys chronology
In The Presence of Nothing
A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns
(1994)A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

In the Presence of Nothing is the debut album by the American indie rock band, Lilys, co-released in 1992 by Slumberland Records and SpinART. The album was written and recorded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[2]

The album's title is a dig at Velvet Crush, who released In the Presence of Greatness the previous year.[3] The album features Lilys frontman Kurt Heasley backed by members of Velocity Girl, The Ropers and Suddenly, Tammy!, and the band's early My Bloody Valentine influence is strongly in evidence, with Jason Ankeny of Allmusic even going as far as calling the album "the quick follow-up to Loveless that My Bloody Valentine never made",[1] and Douglas Wolk of Trouser Press calling it "even more a product of hero-worship".[3] Ankeny also called the album "a wonderful testament to shoegazing's brief but seminal moment in the sun."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lilys

  1. "There's No Such Thing as Black Orchids" – 5:14
  2. "Elizabeth Colour Wheel" – 6:58
  3. "Collider" – 4:20
  4. "Tone Bender" – 3:16
  5. "Periscope" – 5:14
  6. "It Does Nothing for Me" – 4:08
  7. "Snowblinder" – 4:34
  8. "The Way Snowflakes Fall" – 12:09
  9. "Threw a Day" – 3:44
  10. "Claire Hates Me" – 4:33


  • Kurt Heasley – guitar, vocals
  • Archie Moore – guitar
  • Harold "Bear" Evans – drums
  • Mike Hammel – drums
  • Ken Heitmueller – backing vocals
  • Beth Sorrentino – backing vocals
  • Jay Sorrentino – backing vocals



  1. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason "In The Presence of Nothing Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 24 December 2009
  2. ^ "Tall Tale Storyline". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b Wolk, Douglas "Lilys", Trouser Press, retrieved 24 December 2009
  4. ^ Orgera, Alexandra; Saul, James; Howard, Brian, & Rapa, Patrick (2006) "The Lilys Family Tree Archived 2015-10-01 at the Wayback Machine.", Philadelphia City Paper, February 16–22, 2006, retrieved 23 December 2009