Having just announced their debut album will be out next year on Box Records, Manchester band ILL tonight join British Sea Power for politically-charged art pop at The Venue Derby.
The band, who’s sound is precarious pop and super-charged political punk, formed in 2012 and have played with the likes of Jack Off Jill as well as at festivals including The Great Escape. They make a point of being hard to define, and their live sets often take improvised detours that further explore the boundaries of personal/political and the mundane and the surreal.
Interviewing in The Quietus John Freeman said of the band, “ILL’s live shows used to include saws and vibrators (courtesy of previous band member and conceptual artist, Rosanne Robertson), but now rely on a heady mix of “full-on noise jams” and a constant reworking of a set list buzzing with kinetic force.
“Indeed ILL are all about energy. An hour in their presence is a head-rush of ideas, passion and a whiff of mischief. And while the issues they sing about – misogyny, mental health, the Rebel Dyke movement in the 1980s – shape their raison d’être, it is ILL’s exuberant life force that makes them a healthy option for the heart and mind.”
ILL’s heaviest and most furious track to date, ILL Song is the first single from the upcoming album, We Are ILL, set for release in spring 2018.
ILL – ILL Song