It has been a good start for Illitry (ILL-a-tree). The young band has shared the stage with Rich Aucoin, Eight and a Half, Zammuto (formerly The Books), Shout Out Out Out Out, DIANA, and played a well-received set at Hamiltons annual Supercrawl festival bookended by international heavy hitters Yo La Tengo and Passion Pit.
The band has released a steady stream of singles from their upcoming debut record that have been warmly welcomed by fans, the blogosphere, local and national media. In fact, Illitry has enjoyed steadily increasing attention in Canada and the United States for their glitchy-soul compositions featuring inventive arrangements, relentless beats, cascading electronics and pointed lyrics.
The four piece electronic rock band from Hamilton, Ontario cut through with unusual clarity, making real connections where some might just make noise: between electronics and emotions, precision and spontaneity in both their recorded music and engaging live show. This is especially impressive considering Illitry often deal in soundscape. The young band doesnt get bogged down; Illitry is agile, deftly describing the peaks, valleys, plains, rivers, lakes, snow-pack, and oceans that make up a complex sonic world. Lead singer Troy Witherow strings lyrics together on a winding silver thread, supported carefully by Chester Edingtons warm, golden guitars while the pump and thump of the rhythm section approximate the bound enormity of a large, underground mining operation.
Illitry is set to release their intimately-crafted, Michael Keire (Wildlife, Young Rival, New Hands) produced debut album in the fall of 2014, and will tour Canada and the United States in support of the record.