Living Things' Lillian Berlin Writes, Performs Original Score For The Runaways

posted February 10, 2010

Living Things' Lillian Berlin Writes, Performs Original Score For The Runaways

Best known for his main gig as frontman for political rockers Living Things, Lillian Berlin has expanded his horizons by taking on film scoring chores for the upcoming, highly-anticipated film The Runaways.

"I've done scores for short films in the past and this is my first feature," said Berlin. "Floria Sigismondi (director of The Runaways) had me watch Christiane F, a '70s German cult film as a sonic reference point. Then I sat and watched a cut of The Runaways at my studio. I played along with my guitar to tape -- much of what I did was kept from that first time watching the film and playing. Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart's performances were very inspiring and dictated where the score should go. The classic Runaways songs are all over the film and my contributions had to dance around that, so what came out of me was a minimalist yet complimentary guitar score."

The experience scoring The Runaways has Berlin hungry for more work in this vain: "I have always written my music inspired from a visual place, and I see myself scoring more films in the future, along with releasing instrumental albums - I'm a major fan of Brian Eno's instrumental work."

The Runaways had its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 24th, and will open in wide release in America on March 19.

Lillian Berlin is now back in the studio with Living Things recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2009 release "Habeas Corpus" tentatively titled "Bliss."

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