The Silverlake band currently features Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett, Pierre de Reeder, and Jason Boesel. Dave Rock was the drummer for the first EP and during the early days of Take Offs and Landings. During their live performances, Jenny and Pierre switch between guitar, bass and keyboards. Vocals are shared between Sennett and Lewis.
Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett both began as child actors. Lewis starred in the films, Troop Beverly Hills, Foxfire and The Wizard. Sennett starred in television shows such as Salute Your Shorts, Boy Meets World and Family Ties (as a young Alex P. Keaton) under the stage name, Blake Soper. Their first debut LP was re-released on Barzuk Records with additional variations of songs from the initial recording, including the re-worked "Always," a track from their first EP. The Execution of All Things was released on Omaha-based Saddle Creek Records. More Adventurous was released on Brute/Beaute Records before signing with Warner Brothers for Under the Blacklight.
Blake and Jason have a side project, The Elected and Jenny Lewis has released a solo albums, one countryesque album featuring the Watson Twins as backup vocalists.
There has been speculation on what the meaning is behind the name Rilo Kiley. During the early days of the band, former drummer Dave Rock spoke of how they were named after a pair of conjoined twins named Rilo and Kiley, likening it to the close relationship of the band members. Later Sennett and other band members have offered other explainations on the origin, such as an imaginary person named Rilo Kiley Blake had in a dream.