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 2016 UK Tour with Toseland
28th Stoke On Trent – The Sugarmill
29th Wolverhampton – The Slade Rooms
30th Sheffield – The Corporation
1st Edinburgh – Electric Circus
2nd Aberdeen – Tunnels
4th Hull – FRüIT
5th Chester – The Live Rooms
7th Northampton – Roadmender
8th Nottingham – Rock City
9th Bristol – The Fleece
11th Southampton – Engine Rooms
12th London – Dingwalls
13th Norwich – The Waterfront
14th Tunbridge Wells – Forum
Scott Sharp – Vocals
Jason Cronin – Rhythm Guitar
John Greenhill – Lead Guitar
Ben Webb – Bass Guitar
Thomas Lennox-Brown – Drums