Living Things (band)

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Living Things
Living Things band.jpg
Background information
Origin St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Genres Alternative rock, garage rock, psychobilly, punk rock, dub
Years active 2002–2010
Labels DreamWorks, Universal, Jive
Members Lillian Berlin
Eve Berlin
Bosh Berlin
Cory Becker

Living Things were an American punk rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. The band consisted of the brothers Lillian Berlin (vocals/guitar), Eve Berlin (bass) and Bosh Berlin (drums); plus Cory Becker (guitar).


Brothers Lillian Berlin (born Christopher Berlin Rouberg), Eve Berlin (born Justin Yves Rouberg and sometimes known as Yves Berlin), and Bosh Berlin (born Joshua Rooberg) grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis. Future Living Things guitarist Cory Becker was a childhood friend. In the early 2000s the band had Steve Albini record their first album titled A.D.H.D. and released it on their own Ozark Mountain Blood label. The album gained the attention of many record labels, and the band eventually signed with Dreamworks Records.[citation needed]

Living Things released their critically acclaimed major-label debut album Ahead of the Lions in 2005. Produced by Steve Albini, the album ranked #42 on Rolling Stone magazine's top 50 albums of the year and #31 on Spin Magazine's top 40 albums of the year. The single "Bom Bom Bom" reached Billboard's US Modern Rock and US Mainstream Rock charts. The band released their next critically acclaimed album Habeas Corpus in 2009 but claimed that their preferred version of the album had been vetoed by the record company. Reportedly, two albums worth of material recorded during the interim remains unreleased.[citation needed] In 2010 Lillian Berlin composed the original score for The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Living Things performing at the Mod Club Theatre in 2009.

Lillian Berlin authored the book Postmortem Bliss (Apocrypha Press), describing his teenage years in which he was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, became addicted to anti-depressants. An excerpt from this book was turned into a short film directed by Floria Sigismondi and broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in November 2005.[1]

In 2010 Living Things, released a series of three EPs recorded by Bill Skibbe and Chris Woodhouse titled Malocchio, Economic Hitmen, and Har Megiddo. Also in 2010 the band announced via that their third album would be a "triple album" produced by Steve Albini to be released in 2011. In the summer of 2010 Living Things released a controversial video for the song "Har Megiddo," in which a man has sexual intercourse with his car. Lillian Berlin stated that Ray Kurzweil's philosophy on "singularity" was the inspiration for the video.[citation needed]. The band broke up in August 2010.




Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock
2005 "Bom Bom Bom" 21 37 Ahead of the Lions


  1. ^ "Postmortem Bliss". 15 September 2006 – via IMDb. 

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