Ilad

Ilad

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Biography

Formed in 2004, ILAD already has two solid self-produced albums under its belt with no signs of letting up. Their debut release, The Spoon recorded with Lance Kohler in their hometown of Richmond, VA introduced the band’s atmospheric song-writing with experimental inclinations. Their sound runs the gamut from free improvisation, bringing to mind Sun Ra and 70’s era Miles Davis to minimalist composition a la Phillip Glass and Steve Reich. But between all of these sonic extremes lies the heart of ILAD which turns out is a good old-fashioned song. With their first album as a band, ILAD immediately established a unique voice in what on the surface has been exponentially becoming an oversaturated and homogenized music market. Critics and fans agreed, ILAD’s debut was a breath of fresh air, ably avoiding modern cliche categorizations such as “indy rock”, “post-rock” or “psych folk”. Instead, their music refuses to point to any obvious genre or to limit itself to a contrived style. It is perhaps because of this vague sound and unfamiliar musical identity that The Spoon mostly fell on deaf ears and reported soft record sales.

Not discouraged by the ultimately lukewarm reception and lack of public interest in The Spoon, ILAD continued to work under the radar and in December of 2006, headed to Chicago to work with local guru, John McEntire (Tortoise, Sea and Cake, Stereolab, etc.) at his famed SOMA Electronic Music Studios. It is here with Mr. McEntire that ILAD recorded its sophomore effort, National Flags. Hastily recorded in a time of heightened disgust for the U.S. administration and its negligent policies, National Flags possesses strong political undertones often cloaked in a mellow, softspoken delivery. The album is littered with cozy mid-tempo grooves (“National Flags”, “D.O.I.”, “Looking Glass”) and highlights a maturing band in the process of honing its song-writing skills. Although, National Flags seemed to be a breakthrough release for ILAD, just like its predecessor, the album went largely unnoticed. A writer for Washington DC’s weekly arts paper, The Washington City Paper, summed it up, “what remains perplexing is how the quartet has managed to quietly put out two solid albums only to remain shrouded in relative obscurity” (Maggie Serota, 2007).

Whether or not ILAD will remain in the dark corners of the public’s musical consciousness is unknown. If anything, they seem to have used the mystique to their creative advantage as they continue to churn out new material. ILAD has just recently come off an unusually prolific period having recorded almost 30 tracks for what will be released on a 2-disc collection of tunes tentatively titled Here There. Early leaks of the new recordings reveal a band that has blown wide open its already seemingly borderless boundaries. Releasing a 2-disc album seems unwise in times of a finicky music market with the disposability of digital downloads and an overcrowded stage where everyone and their uncle plays in a band. However, from its birth in 2004, ILAD has always played the role as outsider and evidently, these four men aren’t planning on changing their tune.

Lyrics

Magazine

Written By: ILAD

Magazine

Pay me money
Give me style
Do me honey
Fuck me wild
Make me famous
Before I die
Put me in your magazine
Take my picture
Sing my songs
Paint my portrait
Like a god
Make me famous
Before I die
Put me on your movie screen

Sing my praises
Write headlines:
He's the greatest man alive
Make me famous
Before I sacrifice my life
For these lies
Call me Moses
Old and wise
Call me Jesus
Jesus Christ
Write a novel
About my life
Call me Jesus
Jesus Christ

//
copyright 2008 ilad

Emergency

Written By: ILAD

Emergency

It isn't something we decide
We must continue to survive

There's an emergency going on, going on

You can try to get away
You can try to hide
You can try to runaway baby
But there's no changing who you are inside
Yes there's no changing who you are inside

There's never anything
Gonna keep you satisfied
The more you have
The more you have to loose
It's a gamble
But it's a gamble
You can't afford to loose

You keep trying to prove it
But there's nothing left for you to prove
You keep running but there's
Nowhere left for you to hide

You keep trying to prove it
But there's nothing left for you to prove
You keep running but there's
Nowhere left for you to hide

//
copyright 2008 ilad

Discography

EP (2004)
Recorded by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios in Richmond, VA

The Spoon (2006)
Recorded by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios in Richmond, VA

National Flags (July 4, 2006)
Recorded by John McEntire at SOMA Electronic Music Studios in Chicago, IL.

Here There (Winter 2008/9)
Recorded by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios
in Richmond, VA

Set List

With a group that combines solid songwriting, chaotic improvisation and soothing minimalistic soundscapes all basking in an electric swimming pool, one can be assured that every Ilad show has something new and imaginative for the listener to behold.

1-2 sets (30 minutes - 1 hour)

Improvisatory sets of all original music including (but not limited to) the following cd track titles:

Here There Disc 1:
TV Sutra
Conservation
Mexico
Blackgold
Everybody
December
Storied Pages
Emergency
BYSIS
Wish For A Flood

Here There Disc 2:
Magazine
Lou Dobbs
Tiny Dream
Extraordinary Machine
I Just Stopped By
Church
I See My Shadow
I'm Not Mean
Everyone Hurts (Everyone)
5th of July

National Flags:
National Flags
Looking Glass
D.O.I.
Subway'd
Someday
Preamble
Holy Wars
You Don't Need That Shit