Once Lillian Berlin turned 18, he relocated to Los Angeles alongside his siblings. Sporting a notebook full of songs, a swaggering attitude, and a name lifted from a 1960s poster reading "War is not healthy for children and other living things," the Living Things appropriately took shape. Local shows led to offers from several labels, and the band ultimately signed with DreamWorks toward the end of 2002.
Steve Albini produced the band's Turn in Your Friends & Neighbors EP, which was released in December 2003. He then remained in the production booth for Living Things' full-length debut, Black Skies in Broad Daylight, which originally appeared in February 2004 before being reissued by Jive Records (with a revised track list) as Ahead of the Lions. "Bom Bom Bom" became a modest hit on modern rock radio, and Living Things enjoyed accolades from a slew of publications before setting to work on their sophomore effort. The brothers decamped to Berlin, set up shop in the famed Hansa Tonstudio, and reprised their politically themed punk for Habeas Corpus, which appeared internationally in February 2009. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey, Rovi