Emerging Artists #38 – ILLLS

July 22, 2012 by  

How did you get together, where you from and why did you decide to make music together?

Jim and I met a few years back here in Oxford, MS.  He is from Oxford and I came here for school.  He was in another band I knew of and he had heard my solo project so we decided to record some stuff together just for fun.  We ended up really liking what we came up with so we decided to record and EP, get a band and start playing shows etc.

What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?

 We’ve always been influenced by a lot of garage rock stuff but have never been able to escape writing catchy pop songs.  We decided to try and combine those two elements even though it sometimes seems like putting them together is a contradiction.

What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

We record everything at my house in a spare bedroom that I’ve turned into a “studio,” not really sure what that word means anymore.  But in general it’s all pretty standard instruments and SM57 mics run through pro-tools.  One x-factor I think we have is a Neumann TLM103 condenser mic, which is kind of my baby.  I think it’s largely responsible for us being able to get a sound that cuts through a little better.

Where was the band’s first show and what was it like?

Our first show was here in Oxford at the Cats Purring Dude Ranch, which is a house where a bunch of our friends that are in bands like Bass Drum of Death, Dent May, Dead Gaze, Gray Things etc all live and throw shows.  We opened up for Youth Lagoon that night.  Was a pretty cool first show since the place was packed, but obviously not to see us.

What’s been your favourite gig you’ve played?

 My favourite show was probably last New Years.  Our set got cut like 20 minutes short, our gear was fucked up, all of us except our drummer were too drunk to remember our parts and we played each song about twice as fast as normal.  Only reason it was my favourite show is because everyone that was there was so drunk that the next day they either told us how great it sounded or forgot we even played.

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

It’s changing a lot right now so I’m not sure.  Personally, I would like for each show to feel like you’re inside of a Bob Ross painting, but we don’t have the budget for that kind of thing yet.

Do you have any confirmed plans for an album yet and if so what can we expect?

 Nothing is confirmed except that we are underway recording it.  Expecting it to come out late this year or the beginning of next.  Want to do a lot of touring since we haven’t had a chance to do much in support of the EP.

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

Wham!.  And I’m not joking or being ironic.  They ruled.  Club Tropicana is still one of my favourite songs of all time.

What’s up next for the band?

As of now the plan is to keep recording, try to get up to New York for things like CMJ and then hopefully do some UK shows late in the year once we figure out the plan for our full-length.


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