Music is a funny thing. It fills our lives on a daily basis and provides noise to break the monotony of paper rustling in the office, or the neighbors kid banging on the floor that is also your ceiling. At its worst, music is a constant friend always willing to lend a hand. At its best it has the power to bring you ecstasy or crush your soul. Sons Of An Illustrious Father achieve both of these amazing feats on their record, One Body.
I heard their EP called We Are Dead And Reborn first, and I thought it was great. Then I heard One Body and it completely blows the EP out of the water. My first listen to the record followed the same process as usual-someone sends me some music, I download it and put it on my iPod, then I listen the next day on my way to work. So I got on the bus, put in my earbuds and pressed play. 2 minutes in to the opening track and I was looking for the rewind button. I think I listened to that opening 6 times before I finally moved on to the rest of the record. It’s such a powerful and emotionally raw performance that I still return to it often.
I won’t repeat my whole review, but if you want to read it, go here.
One Body came out in November of 2011, and it wasn’t until July of 2012 that I finally got to see this band from Hudson Bay, NY play live. By that time they had gone through some personnel changes-Ablam joined Thorn & Shout (who put out a great record last year) and Ezra Miller took a leave of absence. They played as a trio (Lilah Larson, Jake Generalli, and Josh Aubin) at Observatory Studios along with The Canoes and Mooner. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I walked away happier than I could have imagined. Not only was I blown away by how good they sound live, I also found out that they are all very gracious and kind.
Now it’s been almost a year and they’re coming back to play Chicago again on June 23rd, this time at Subterranean. I couldn’t be more excited. Rumblings from the crew over at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen are already heaping praise on the next single the band is putting out. I haven’t heard it yet, but I’m buying the hype on this more than I did on Yeezus.
Tickets for the show are only $7, and its a steal at twice the price. Not only do you get to see a band I’m sure you will all love, you also get three more bands that are sure to please: Lexie Roth, Names Divine, and Lionel O! I couldn’t possibly think of a better way to spend a Sunday night.
But don’t take my word for it. Head over to Bandcamp an listen to all three of Sons Of An Illustrious Father’s releases.