For a generation of messenger bag-toting college kids clad in black-rimmed glasses, Rilo Kiley were a first indie crush. We watched Jenny Lewis progress from the girl that could do the Frug to the woman singing about porn stars and their Moneymakers. We heard as Blake Sennett evolved from Joey the Rat into a soft-voiced singer-songwriter elegizing Elliott Smith. Through this journey we had plenty of (mis)adventures. We were reckless and young. Predictably, the members of Rilo Kiley were too, and thanks to the video for “Let Me Back In,” which comes off their RKives B-sides/rarities collection, we can see that first hand. Compiled from tour videos over the years we see the band being silly and impetuous and every bit the band we loved. It’s achingly nostalgic, filled with bittersweet memories of smiles long past. In other words, it’s perfectly Rilo Kiley.
Rilo Kiley’s RKives comes out April 2nd via The Little Record Company.
STREAM: Rilo Kiley – Let Me Back In