|WILDEVE is the band of young German
singer/songwriter Lili Plieninger. Lili came in touch with music very
early. From the age of seven she played piano, later on violin and
guitar. Shortly afterwards, she took singing lessons. Until 1991, Lili
was playing with various local rock bands. Since the beginning of th
90s she pursued solo projects, produced her own songs and sold a couple
of songs to the producer of German pop singer Mandy WINTER.
She did vocals for commercials as well as
for several dancefloor CD productions. On her demo recordings, she
worked with professional guest musicians, for example with Werner Dannemann (South Germany's big name in
rock & blues), or with Oliver Mindner and Jan Müller of heavy
outfit ABRAXAS (CD The Liaison, Teichiku Rec., Japan; recently
reissued as remaster via LMP/SPV). With musician and producer Clive
NOLAN (ARENA [ex-MARILLION], SHADOWLAND, PENDRAGON etc.), Lili produced
the track "Memory" in England at Thin Ice Studios. On that occasion,
Karl GROOM, member and guitarist of the well-known British prog metal band THRESHOLD,
joined them on guitars.
At the same time, Lili appeared as guest vocalist on the CD Casino,
which Nolan produced in London then. A year later, Lili was again doing
backings at British sound recording studios Thin Ice, this time for the
CD production Infinity Parade, second album by British
progressive rock act LANDMARQ. Above you can see two snapshots taken at
the “original“ Thin Ice Studios, then based in Maidenhead between
London and Reading. (The studio is now located in Surrey.) From left to
right: Dave Wagstaffe (Landmarq), Lili, Uwe D'Röse (Landmarq,
upper head), Clive Nolan (lower head), and Karl Groom (the handsome
young man...). Below it’s almost the same line-up. Photographs were
shot during the recording of the background vocals for the song
"Embrace", spring 1993.
Lili gathered further studio experience
when she did several demo productions with various well-known producers
such as James HERTER (Atlantis Studios; ex-ZOMBY WOOF, of TWO OF
US-fame, HUBERT K. etc), Hardy HEINLIN (Marquee Studios; MINK STOLE,
SCHWEISSER, IVANHOE, SCARLET, RESISTORS, MEMENTO MORI, LOVE LIKE BLOOD
etc.), and others.
WILDEVE was then founded in
summer 1995, and the band's name was chosen during the following
winter. In the beginning of 1996, WILDEVE was signed by indy
label WMMS, located in northern Germany. At that time, Lili formed the
line-up for the band. The group's name was taken from the name of a
character, who appears in the novel The Return of the Native by
Thomas Hardy, a renowned British novelist of the 19th century. In
summer '96 the production for the first album took place at the
well-known Marquee Studios in Pfullingen, Germany.
debut album Touch and Go was released in the fall of
1996. Since then, WILDEVE's album got a lot of positive reviews
and reactions from the press and music fans, national and
international. For more recent news and retrospective see also
"welcome" & "band" page.