“In one breath illustr8ors is a metamorphosis and a stubborn stride towards a place where the core components of rock’n’roll exist in a relative and contemporary time. In another breath illustr8ors is just a contemporary rock band giving a f*** about what it means to be alive in music now. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but right now”
New rock band Illustr8ors has just released their debut music video ‘Your Animal’, ahead of an extensive UK tour this September with Toseland.
Featuring four white hot songs, the band’s forthcoming self titled ep (out 14th October) is sharp, drenched in groove, ladened with hooks and melody, whilst intelligent and a straight to the point collection of music. No messing about, no gimmicks…this is what rock music sounds like right NOW.
In their previous guise, as BlackWolf, illustr8ors scored tours and supports with the likes of The Temperance Movement, Winger, Blues Pills, Von Hertzen Brothers and The Answer to name a few; a nomination for Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Best New Band’ roll of honour award, numerous playlist slots on major rock radio stations and a debut headline tour endorsed by Planet Rock Radio. However, it was time for a change. A time for a more decisive stride towards a definitive and individual sonic identity. A rebirth. That’s when illustr8ors were born.
From the initial coffee shop conversations between new producer Toby Jepson (The Virginmarys) and frontman/singer Scott Sharp, right the way through to the numerous days of recording in the studio, the aim was simple. The band was in search of a new voice, one they could call their own and one that had something relevant and relative to say.
It didn’t take long before band and producer were shedding away the fat and cutting at the bare bones of what this band were: A slick, riff loving, funked-up (slightly off-centered) melting pot of sas-mouthed rock’n’roll. Growth came quickly and the new songs came out swinging. From the immediate soaring hooks of ‘Your Animal’ to the foot-shuffling, popadelic declaration of identity that is ‘Shush Shush’, the excitement between band and producer was tangible. The end result is a selection of songs that tell the story of a unique band striding confidently forward into a contemporary music world, whilst not forgetting what it was about rock’n’roll that set their hearts alight in the first place. No throw back gimmicks. No bull***t. Just rock music as this band hears it today.
illustr8ors self titled debut ep is released 14th October 2016
Scott Sharp – Vocals,
Jason Cronin – Rhythm Guitar,
John Greenhill – Lead Guitar,
Ben Webb – Bass Guitar,
Thomas Lennox-Brown – Drums,