ILLIYUN

ILLIYUN

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Aggressive but melodic, grace with grit, soulful angsty female vocal hooks over shredding metal guitar riffs and tight grooves, this four piece from Wales and London in the UK will make you want to screw up your face and break your neck and their on stage presence will have you mesmerised.

Biography

ILLIYUN is made up of four contrasting individuals from varying cultural and musical backgrounds. Sammy Jay (songwriter / producer), born and bred in South Wales was living London when she started the band with Leonn Meade. Both bored with pop music in general, they decided to take out their aggression in the way of a heavy rock outfit. After having tried out several bassists and guitarists they finally found Ryan Haberfield, also from South Wales and Pete Cherry (from Nottingham). With a common goal in mind, they fused their influences together: Sammy from a singer songwriter background who had written and produced many pop/Rnb artists in the UK and Japan; Leonn is from a Gospel background, his father having founded the London Community Gospel choir and as a session drummer played for the likes of Natasha Beddingfield and Jay Sean; Ryan is a metal head with a jazz degree; and Pete a funk bassist with a history degree from Oxford! The four of them wanted to create an edgy, sexy, hard hitting rock band that sounded slick in the studio but tore it up on stage. With influences as diverse as Sheryl Crow, Blondie, Lamb Of God, Dream Theatre and Foo Fighters and Michael Jackson (!), they continue to do exactly that and after a year of gigging in the UK, toured in Los Angeles Summer 2007 headlining at classic Hollywood rock venues such as the Viper Room and The Whisky A GoGo. They all now live between London and LA and have just completed a new video 'Vendetta' and a new EP. Having been hailed as the new Blondie with balls, ILLIYUN are coming to a town - or a hard drive (!) near you!!

Lyrics

Tattoos

Written By: Sammy Jay

Verse 1

There 's a angel printed all across his back
On the front, guns permanently in black
I been trying to figure out a way to make him stay
And I wonder what it is that makes him tick
Will he leave that model for a rock chick?
All because I can't find the words to say

Chorus

I'm staring at your tattoos
Wondering who's loving you
I hang around you just to fuel my lust
Before my heart gets loose
I'm staring at your tattoos
Thinking who's been kissing you
Maybe I'll get one just to prove my love
Then make up some excuse

Verse 2

'Cos I don't like needles but I'll make a change
For a heart bearing signature of his name
On second thoughts that might be cause for concern
Better cool it down, hold in down just incase,
I'm a stalker, in his mind a headcase
Really think it's better that I don't say a word

Chorus

Da da da da da-da da-da

Chorus

Bridge

Gotta get him out my head
'Cos' I'm hanging by a thread
Over words I never said

Chorus

Tables Have Turned

Written By: Sammy Jay

Verse 1

You were the one throwing the stones
You were the one dealing the cards
You get ahead and rise to the throne at anyone's expense
Didn't I stand there rejected
Didn't I hold out neglected
Nothing can last what goes around comes around

Chorus

Suddenly it's your turn
To know how it feels to be forgotten
When you hit the bottom and now
Now the tables have turned
You can see through my words unspoken
I was bruised not broken

Verse 2

I was the one no-one could hear
I was the one no-one could see
I stood at the end of the line where fortune passed me by
Didn't you give empty handed
Didn't you take on demand but
Everything changes, what will be will be anyway

Chorus

Bridge

Too late to say sorry
Live to tell your story

(live it now!)

Chorus

He Does It Better Than You

Written By: Sammy Jay

Verse 1

Somehow you thought I'd be
Lonely and unhappy
Praying that you'd come back to me apparently
I meant nothing to you and
What a stupid fool I've been
You had the keys to let yourself in all over again but now

Pre

You're speaking but I don't hear you
You touch me but I feel nothing at all
That's what you get and I'd be sadistic to want more

Chorus

I swear that you're like a stone in my shoe
I never cared less for you
Woah woah, there's nothing that you can do
Woah, he does it better than you

Verse 2

I'd pay all the money I make
To see the look on your face
Betcha always thought that no one could ever take your place
It's like you left my heart to rot
Now look at what you got
It really doesn't hurt a lot, i found a way to heal

Pre

Chorus

Break

Chorus

What You Get (The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me)

Written By: Sammy Jay

Verse 1

Take a look around, as the sun goes down
You won't see me shadow you
Cos I don't understand why lions play with lambs
So I won't wait around for you

Pre

Tainted heart, thank you for being what you are
Easy to feel there's nothing there
Cos I don't care
Now I know the truth

Chorus

Nothing left and it's over
That's what you get
It must be getting colder
That's what you get
Cos I don't see you in my dreams
I'm not laying here bleeding
I'm leaving while I'm still breathing
You're the best thing that never happened to me

Verse 2

Scars that I won't keep, a wound that isn't deep
Papercuts that heal in my sleep
Your words go to waste, betrayed by your face
Cos I see right through you

Pre

Chorus

Bridge

There's nothing left to lose
You got the right to choose
Cut loose, it's overdue
And I'm not gonna fade
So save your sympathy
It's fake and far too late

Chorus

Discography

ILLIYUN release their EP 'Vendetta' in the Spring. Songs currently available on Myspace and Video for Vendetta plus behind the Scenes footage can be found on both youtube and myspace

Set List

Typical set list is 7 or 8 songs:

What You Get (The Best Thing that Never Happened to Me)
He Does it Better Than You
Tables Have Turned
Tattoos
Vendetta
Dr Phil
So Insatiable
Alive