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iLLPHONiCS

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Hip Hop Fusion

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St Louis, Illinois, United States

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St. Louis, Missouri, United States

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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"Illphonics gearing up for 'Gone With The Trends' release"

St. Louis hip-hop fusion band, Illphonics, will be releasing their fifth studio album, Gone With The Trends, on April 1. This will be the band's first release since signing with Kansas City-based indie label, the Record Machine. The album features their current single "What D'Ya Like" and is entirely self-produced and engineered by the band.

Gone With The Trends is Illphonics' first album since their self-titled 2013 release and features a intense vision and message as the band touches on society's preoccupation with social media trends. The album's tracks deal with issues from love to to having a good time to politics and showcases the band's many eclectic musical tastes.... - AXS


"iLLPHONiCS' Larry Morris Waxes Lyrical On "96to99""

iLLPHONiCS offer music that carries itself with a strut and swagger, but with the social awareness of hip-hop when it achieves its best intention. The St. Louis outfit has been grafting hard for the past few years, blending genres, avoiding cliches, and defining themselves beyond a typical scene.

With a formidable reputation for their stage performances, and a collective energy that brings bare-knuckled, un-filtered hip-hop, iLLPHONiCS are on the brink of capitalizing on their new found national platform.

ARTISTdirect Interviews caught up with vocalist Larry Morris to discuss the new track "96to99" for an insight into process, meaning, and execution... - Artist Direct


"PREMIERE: iLLPHONICS — "96to99""

In recent years, St. Louis has established itself as a reliable place for burgeoning rappers. The latest in that line is iLLPHONICS. Though compared to others, they're on firm footing, as it goes with releasing five albums in 10 years, but the quintet appeared prime for widespread, mainstream success. With smart rhymes and soulful production, you can't help but move and groove to the collective's sound. We're premiering the group's "96to99," which looks back on those pivotal years in rap.

"The title of this album is a reflection of our thoughts in reference to the music we make and the way the world seemingly works today as a whole," the group says. "Over the course of the last 10 years our music has been difficult to define. Even though we have a hip hop element, we also have incorporated so many genres that we often haven’t fit in with the 'trends' in the music industry."

iLLPHONICS' Gone With the Trends will be released on April 1 via The Record Machine. - PureVolume


"Illphonics - What D’Ya Like ft. Lena Charlie"

"Genre bending hip-hop band" - DJBooth


"iLLPHONiCS – “Gone With The Trends” (Album)"

With a fresh take on Hip Hop and Soul over conscious lyrics, St. Louis natives iLLPHONiCS celebrate 10 years strong with the premiere of their 5th studio album “Gone With The Trends“, check out the exclusive stream above presented by Kansas City based indie label The Record Machine. - Underground Hip Hop Blog


"Illphonics, The TVD First Date"

“Oddly enough, my first experience with vinyl was not in my own home. My mother was more of an individual who listened to the radio, and my dad owned a massive Jazz CD collection.”

“My first interactions with vinyl came from my great aunt and her daughter. During holidays, summer breaks and other occasions, I would frequently visit my great aunt. During my visits, she would play records that she really enjoyed, which exposed me to all different types of music, from Albert King to The Carpenters. Her daughter, my big cousin Robin (which is my mother’s first cousin), also had a large record collection which consisted mainly of my great aunt’s records, since she was tasked with “watching over” them, due to my great aunt not having the space to store her huge collection. It was through my big cousin where I was introduced to the idea of playing records, proper handling, and the awesomeness of album artwork... - The Vinyl District


"STL’s Illphonics To Release ‘Gone With The Trends’ This Week - See more at: http://www.alivemag.com/blog/index.php/2016/03/stls-illphonics-to-release-gone-with-the-trends-this-week/#sthash.1a8AWlie.dpuf"

STL’s own Illphonics is releasing “Gone With The Trends” April 1 at KDHX’s The Stage. The group was formed by high school friends Larry Morris (emcee), Simon Chervitz (bass) and Chaz Brew (drums), although they didn’t actually come together as a band until Morris met Kevin Koehler (guitar), at Webster University while Morris was working with Keith Moore (keys).

“A former bandmate, Tom Carpenter, had access to the studio [at Webster],” Koehler recalls. “Larry was working with Keith and I on totally separate projects just for fun, then Larry came to me to throw all these songs together and record them.”... - Alive Magazine


"Gone Fishkin – Interview w/ Illphonics"

Spoke to Illphonics’ MC, Larry, about their upcoming album Gone With The Trends due out 4/1. Larry also spoke about being a band the last 10 years and what the hiphop scene in St. Louis is like coming up in. Also what you can expect when you come to see the band live! Be sure to keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter. - Idobi


"Interview: iLLPHONiCS"

We had the opportunity to as iLLPHONiCS some questions about the band, their upcoming release, and more. Their album, Gone With The Trends, will be out April 1st and you can grab a digital copy here. Check out the interview below along with a stream of “What D’ Ya Like.”... - HIFI Noise


"UNDER THE RADAR: ILLPHONICS"

For iLLPHONiCS, a self-described “hip-hop fusion” band from St. Louis, diversity and variety are qualities not only apparent in the band itself, but in the music it plays and people that listen. For iLLPHONiCS diversity and variety are at the core of everything it does, and the band’s staunch adherence to these values is what sets it apart from just about everyone else. Made up of Keith Moore (keys), Kevin Koehler (guitar), Larry Morris (aka MC Fallout, vocals), Simon Chervitz (bass), and Chaz Brew (drums), iLLPHONiCS has close to a decade of experience and camaraderie to lean on as it continues to chase down the dream of being on the national stage.

For the rest of the interview, please visit the link to the review. - Joseph LaFond


"Fusion band iLLPHONICS get’s the JoiRyder Stamp of Approval"

On their self-titled LP, Hip Hop Fusion band iLLPHONICS is bursting on the scene from St. Louis to bring their awesome sound to the masses. Funky, fresh, unique songs are sure to burn up the charts once people start to discover what this talented band has to offer….

“The Pinnacle” ft. Tiffany Elle has a funky intro, with piano, drums, and organ coming together to create an old-school sound. Featured singer Elle adds a jazzy touch to it all– her voice is pleasant and reminiscent of Eryka Badu. This track is a Jazz/Rap fusion that works well, really mellow and puts the listener in a relaxed mood. The organ is the final, unique touch that really sets the song apart from what’s on the radio today. On “Your Body,” the tempo is faster, and the song features great piano. The Gym Class Hero-ish vibe to the song is cool, and the instrumentation and rap skills are tight. The song is catchy, funky, and very radio-friendly… And props to the guitar player for the awesome skills displayed in this song. “If Looks Can Kill” is done in a classic Spanish style of music, with the flamenco-tinged instrumentation. The rhymes are on-point, and the cadence of the rap complements instrumentation quite well. The subject of the song is interesting also– the sexy woman who is trouble but the man just can’t stay away. It’s almost as though the song itself is a seductress, just like the woman the song is about… The sexy, dangerous vibe of the track is thrilling, and keeps your attention from beginning to end.

iLLPHONICS is a great Hip Hop band with good beats, mad talent, and interesting things to say in their music. The songs would work well on the radio, and it’s only a matter of time before they blow up big! For a great musical experience, look no further than the great sounds of iLLPHONICS! - Amped Sounds


"Genre-smashing sophomore album sets hip-hop's iLLPHONiCS apart"

To pin one genre to iLLPHONiCS' lapel is near impossible. It's hip-hop at its core, wrapped up in jazz and soul, peppered with rock, electronic, and classical standards with a dash of pop and dance for flavor. The cover art for iLLPHONiCS' album is scary accurate: it's a hodgepodge of instruments and genres that defy explanation. Every song is a story, every verse a killer hook worth quoting, and their lead vocalist emcees throughout iLLPHONiCS' latest album with an undeniable cocky attitude that he owns with each of his self-written lines.

Everything about iLLPHONiCS oozes cool and Saint Louis. Even the names of the band members are cool - their emcee is Fallout Morris and everyone has nicknames like Blacklion and Spank. The album cover should be available as a print to hang on a lucky fan's living room wall.

Several songs will resonate particularly with Saint Louis natives who have walked the same streets as the band and recognize their sly references, with "Mound City March" an obvious anthem to the city that made them. Every track on iLLPHONiCS' newest is tightly produced and jammed with energy that runs from beginning to end.

With "The Pinnacle", iLLPHONiCS blasts into your ears with a deserved swagger, backed up by some amazing instruments and the beautiful vocals of singer/songwriter Tiffany Elle, whose strong voice instantly makes any track a must listen. With its first track, iLLPHONiCS starts at the top and never budges, proving over and over why they were voted best hip-hop group of 2011 by Saint Louis' top alternative publication, the Riverfront Times.

Morris' verses are complex, playful rhymes that treat language like an amusement park made for his personal satisfaction, and it's hard not to smile and nod along with some of his more explosively fun lines.

With Valentine's Day thundering closer and closer, some of these tracks seem apropos for the holiday, with "Your Body" a swinging call out to the beautiful women worth spending the night with and "If Looks Could Kill" giving said beauty a hard seductive edge that can't be resisted despite the danger. Working in antithesis are tracks such as "Love's a Bitch", in which Love itself attempts to explain its own bad reputation as a destroyer of lives, made obvious by the track title.

"This Morning", "Mount City March", and "The Ballad of Studley Grooveright" are very Saint Louis in their lyrics, albeit for very different reasons. The first is a lament for those killed in the violence that overtakes Saint Louis city every night, an unfortunate reality of a city often voted the most dangerous in the country.

Countering that imagery is "Mount City March", a jamming danceable history lesson/theme song for the Gateway to the West that has endless call outs for many of the city's highest STL-born stars. "Ballad" is a song about a fictional traveling musician who sounds like he could easily be found any day walking through downtown with his guitar on his back, looking for the next storefront to make his stage.

There is an edge of irony to the fact that "Digital Age", the album's anti-tech anthem, is followed by "Sundown", which features heavily the musical styling of Glitch Factor, which is electronic in the same vein as Daft Punk. In fact, it would be a shame if someone didn't mash-up "Digital Age" with a Daft Punk track for a perfect moment in musical cognitive dissonance. Still, the tracks work well in each other in a tag team of styles, momentarily trading off the album's jazz vibe for something more industrial.

With tracks like "Wherever You Wanna Go", "In Vino Veritas" and "Your Eyes", iLLPHONiCS' album ends on a slower note than it started, although it never loses its lyrical intensity or thrumming background energies. If anything, they only further showcase Kevin Koehler on guitar and Simon Chervitz on bass.

The second half of the album also brings up the bulk of the featured artists, highlighting the local talents of Gotham Green and Syna So Pro and Tiffany Elle. "In Vito Veritas", a highlight of this album for its lyrics, is one of the best tracks to show off the vocals from the rest of iLLPHONiCS that aren't emcee Morris.

Side note: seriously, can we get Tiffany Elle a solo record already? I know she's working on one, but I'm very impatient to hear her vocals shine through as a solo. And yes, I see she has a two track EP out already!

On their Twitter page, iLLPHONiCS call themselves the inventors of 'hip hop fusion'. With their sophomore self-titled album, they're openly defying anyone to question their claim to such a heady musical first. If you needed proof that hip hop in Saint Louis hasn't died, iLLPHONiCS has given you all the proof one can ever need.

iLLPHONiCS' self-titled album can be purchased at their website, iTunes, Amazon, and Vintage Vinyl. It is currently streaming on Spotify. You can also listen to certain tracks on the group's SoundCloud page. - The Examiner


"Five New Local Songs to Hear: Pokey LaFarge, Tef Poe, Illphonics, Dots Not Feathers, Jon Hardy & the Public"

Illphonics, "Goodbye"
Hip-hop troupe Illphonics is releasing a new EP, Illusion, on October 19. It'll be available for free via its website, illphonics.net, and was completely self-produced by the band. The first single is the Outkast-esque "Goodbye"; stream it below. Judging from the energy and layers in the song -- wailing guitars, syncopated drums and lush chorus harmonies -- the band's collaborative process was a smart one. - Riverfront Times (Saint Louis)


"Hip hop group brings the noise"

Illphonics, a hip-hop fusion band of six, stole the show at the Venice Café. The band, formerly known as Fallout and Friends, played Feb. 13 after a unique opening act performed by Typadelic.

Illphonics' powerful lyrics and fusion blend of hip-hop, rock, jazz and R&B generated a sound the audience could relate to, no matter what their musical preference. It seemed Illphonics had the audience's diverse taste in music in mind when writing the music to most of its songs.

Larry "Fallout" Morris, the band's lyricist, is a senior audio production major at WU. He and Tom Carpenter, guitarist and 2007 WU alumnus, met on the WU campus. While recording a song in an audio Multi-tracking class, Tom told Larry that he could create something better than what they were working on. This idea eventually led to the formation of the diverse group, Illphonics. The band has three black members and three white members - all with different tastes in music, different backgrounds and different career paths.

"We're all so different - when we come together, we blend very well," Carpenter said.

The members of Illphonics are all connected with front man Morris. Kevin Koehler, guitarist and 2007 graduate with a degree in audio production, met Morris at WU. Keith Moore, vocalist and keyboardist, went to University City High School with Morris, as did bassist Simon "Spanky" Chervitz. Chervitz also attended WU until 2007. Drummer and vocalist Chaz Brew is Morris' cousin and also attended University City High School.

Illphonics started the hour-long set with "Let Them Horns Blow," a blend of rock guitar riffs, horns and hip-hop lyrical prose. The rhythmic beat was well received by the audience and they showed it by tapping their feet, bobbing their heads and jumping around on the small dance floor.

"It's Nothing to Me" showed Morris' charismatic nature, and he captivated the crowd with his intense facial expressions and energetic body language. The song boasted lyrics like "If you feel the energy scream out and see ... rockin' show with the friends … man it's nothin' to me," It was clear Illphonics loved performing together because they fed off each other during the performance by facing each other and rocking out, and jumped around while singing and playing.

Jumping around to the beat, Morris' WU dog tag started swinging wildly around his neck. Wearing this dog tag was Morris' way of "showing love for the school," he said.

"As an emcee, I don't want to be considered just a rapper, but an entertainer," Morris said.

Illphonics' songs can be heard on their MySpace Web page, http:www.myspace.com/Illphonics. They are also available for purchase on iTunes.

by: Amber Russell


http://media.www.webujournal.com/media/storage/paper245/news/2008/02/21/Lifestyle/Hip-Hop.Group.Brings.The.Noise-3229170.shtml - The Journal


"Illphonics | Bending Genres and Breaking Molds"

Illphonics | Bending Genres and Breaking Molds

"Nothing is so awesomely unfamiliar as the familiar that discloses itself at the end of a journey" —Cynthia Ozick

I am convinced that people are creatures of habit. How often do we find ourselves gravitating to the same few restaurants, watching the same few television channels, and hanging out with the same people you've known since school? We find comfort in the familiar, and often times experiment with change in small, comfortable doses. Even in the world of music, where experimenting with different styles and sounds can be relatively painless, many of us continue to listen to a select few artists or genres. Don't believe me? Then go to your shelves and compare the number of rock or hip-hop CDs to the number of classical CDs in your collection. For many of you, the comparison will be more than a bit one sided.

Enter Illphonics, a diverse six-piece group that draws from a wide variety of influences, infusing their sound with everything from hip-hop and rock to melodic riffing reminiscent of blues or jazz. "There are so many genres that we tap into," says Kevin Koehler, guitarist for Illphonics. "It depends on how we feel when we go into the basement," adds drummer Chaz "CB" Brew. "It's just stuff we want to do. We feel good about it."

Together with Keith "Bizkits" Moore on keyboards, Tom Carpenter on guitar, Simon "Spanky" Chervitz playing bass, and lyricist Larry "Fallout" Morris, Illphonics synthesizes their many influences into a single sound, one that is as unique as it is relatable. A performance at Webster Groves' Natural Fact Deli January 5 attracted an equally diverse crowd, and long-haired rockers stood side by side with hip-hop aficionados sporting white tees. The band kicked off their 12-song set with "It's Nothing to Me." Their intensity was immediately apparent as Morris attacked the microphone, his infectious energy leaking into the crowd members closest to the stage. His delivery complemented a poppy keyboard line and a heavy rock-inspired riff, while the thump of the bass and drums hammered home the band's desire to see the audience reacting. "We're a very crowd-oriented band," explains Morris.

The forcefulness of their delivery never let up as the band powered their way through their setlist in a little over an hour. "Let Them Horns Blow," "Leave 'em Bloody," and "Hit the Ground Running" elicited an enthusiastic crowd response, and "To the Moon" showcased Illphonics' ability to create more intricate and subdued melodies. "Verbal Blitzkrieg," their last song of the night, ended with the air punctuated by applause and whistles as the audience fully embraced the band's distinctive sound.

Despite several setbacks, including a major car accident that hospitalized a member of the band, Illphonics' purpose-driven music has not suffered, thanks in large part to a relentless writing style that involves constant tweaking and modification. Several members have extensive experience working in the audio production field, enhancing their ability to be original and explorative. "We know what drives the band. We know what makes us who we are," says Larry. "We know how everything should sound. It's just getting enough gigs and getting enough money to get [equipment]."

While Illphonics aspires for national recognition, their message to the St. Louis music community is simple. "Support local music," says Moore. "It takes a lot of courage to get up there and play your own music." In a city with more than its fair share of cover bands and people strumming jazz standards, it takes courage on the part of the listener to break out of the familiar, to explore new sonic territory. However, many pleasant surprises can be found with even a cursory glance into St. Louis's original if sometimes divisive music scene. Illphonics proves that there are bands in this city willing to break the mold. Are you listening? | Joshua Vise

http://www.playbackstl.com/content/view/7075/157/ - PLAYBACK:stl


"Our Type of Mardi Gras!"

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"Opening the show was the local sextet, Illphonics, a rap band and we want to stress the word band, who rocked it hard. With a good-looking, powerful frontman and great old-school instrumentation, Illphonics is actually doing something different. Think Beastie Boys vibe without the white Brooklyn boy schtick. This mix of sounds and cultures easily lends itself to picking up where The Urge left off in the 90s. What they dont have in The Urges horn section or Steve Ewings pretty tangents Illphonics make up for in raw power and an updated sound. Check em. We dare you to sit still......"

J.Gordon
- http://nighttimes.com/


"Download the iLLPHONiCS EP Before Tonight's Release Show"

Since its early days back in 2006, when the iLLPHONiCS was working out of the recording studio at Webster University, the group has shaped and molded its style into the well-polished hybrid genre that its members now call "hip-hop fusion." While the iLLPHONiCS may lean on a variety of different musical influences from track to track, it does so without compromising a distinctive sound; the group's funkadelic basslines and soaring guitars are anchored unremittingly by lead-man Larry "Fallout" Morris' melodic, staccato rhyme-spitting. -Calvin Cox
- Riverfront Times


"Illphonics at the Czar Bar: Saturday, March 5"

"Armed with live instrumentation, St. Louis' Illphonics blend funk, rock, and jazz fusion with hip-hop. Saturday's performance will remind local enthusiasts that St. Louis is about a lot more than Nelly." -Bill Brownlee, The Ink - The Ink (Kansas City, MO)


"Illphonics Playing At Wakarusa"

Last week at Cicero's, the Illphonics triumphed over three bands and won a chance to perform at the music festival Wakarusa, which takes place from June 2-5 in Ozark, Arkansas. The show was the St. Louis stop of the "Waka Winter Classic," a competition in over twenty cities which uses audience-voting to determine which act receives an invite to the outdoor event.
According to Larry "Fallout" Morris, the hip-hop group isn't sure yet when exactly it'll be playing at the festival, which is headlined by My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Thievery Corporation and others. However, he's understandably very excited about the invite.

"We hope to spread our music to a wider audience with this, and any show we participate in big or small in the near future," he says. "People are slowly starting take notice of us and we feel this will be a major opportunity to not only to gain some substantial exposure but network with other bands big and small from all over the country. Wakarusa is well known for being one of the bigger festivals and we feel our music will receive a very warm reception."

The Illphonics' latest release is the Illusion EP. - Riverfront Times


"Best Hip-Hop Group in Saint Louis of 2011"

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Group or Collective): Illphonics - The Riverfront Times


"iLLPHONiCs – iLLUSiON EP"

Stop everything you are doing and download this EP now.  Quite honestly, this is the first time I’ve heard iLLPHONiCs and I’m hooked.  This jam band/hip-hop group from St. Louis is extremely talented, and I can’t wait from them to grace us with more music.  There sound is extremely unique, but if I had to compare them to anyone, I would say they most resemble The Roots.  I know that’s a bold statement, but give iLLUSiON a listen and you will see what I mean.  Be sure to become a fan of iLLPHONiCS on their Facebook page here.  I posted iLLUSiON with download below.

- What's In My Pod


"iLLPHONiCS – iLLUSiON [FreEP]"

Although I’m much better suited to talk about Boi-1da beats, Lil Wayne metaphors, KiD CuDi drug references and Eminem’s life story, bare with me. To me the iLLPHONiCS are The Roots, Vonnegutt, and then female vocals, reggae, and jazz, all in one.

So here at GMAD music comes from just about anywhere and everywhere, but I believe this is a first… I was given the heads up about the iLLPHONiCS by Ethan Epstein after he commented on one of our Facebook status update. Little did Ethan know it was in fact me updating the Facebook page and not Tim. Anywho, shout out to Ethan and this doesn’t mean if you comment on a Facebook post with an artists I’ll listen. I just happen to know Ethan. AS FOR THE iLLPHONiCS, there are a very talented, what I’m going to call, hip-hop and jam band all in one. Although only five songs in all, iLLUSiON is a very solid offering, void of any weak spots, from the St. Louis group that just got back from the SXSW Music Festival. Enjoy..

Update: After second thought and another listen, this EP is really good. Thanks. Big ups to Ethan.
- www.goodmusicallday.com


"Homespun: Illphonics (Illusion EP Review)"

"Slick funk, vibrant rock and spitfire hip-hop verses combine on Illphonics' second release, the five-song Illusion EP. This collection is offered as a free download at the band's website (www.illphonics.net), and it's a nice calling card for a band with a clean, developed style. Emcee Larry "Fallout" Morris studied audio production in college, and that background comes through in the EP's clearly defined sound. The drums are crisp, the keyboards are understated, and Kevin Koehler's guitar work is varied and tasteful. Koehler handles the Steely Dan-like changes in "We Got Soul!" like an LA sessionman, and "Vows (I.O.U.)" is livened by some Isley Brothers-indebted guitar leads. Live-band hip-hop can be a dicey enterprise, but the instrumentalists show enough personality and rhythmic sense while still leaving plenty of space for Morris' rhymes.

As a bandleader and emcee, Morris handles the mic with easy charisma and plenty of confidence, especially on the opening track, "Playin' to Win." Bravado is a key element in every hip-hop artist's arsenal, but the Illphonics backs up its boasts with musical chops. The final track, "Goodbye," is a kiss-off to haters, lazy promoters and complacent musicians that shows both Morris' sharp tongue and dedication to his craft. The harmony vocalists sing the hook with a soulful gravitas that ties the whole song together. Even on this short EP, the band proves that it can switch gears and dabble in a few different genres, while still maintaining a signature sound." -Christian Schaeffer - Riverfront Times


"iLLPHONiCS on the largest Hip-Hop Blog in Japan!"

Boku no tomodachi wa iLLPHONiCS wa St. Louis (??????) karakimashita. - Beats N Miso


"St. Louis band Illphonics doesn't want to be pigeonholed"

St. Louis' Illphonics has a love-hate relationship with being known as a hip-hop band.
Certainly, there's a certain honor that comes with that, as we see with an act as revered as the Roots.
But it gets tricky for Illphonics. The band's emcee-songwriter Larry "Fallout" Morris says Illphonics is sometimes respected as a band showcasing the evolution of hip-hop; at other times, it's patently disrespected.
"The game is oversaturated with everybody trying to do one thing," Morris says. "We're not traditional. We flip it up."
Morris, who is as influenced by rappers Jay-Z and Del the Funky Homosapien as he is by rock classics Freddie Mercury and the Rolling Stones, says Illphonics' sound isn't totally hip-hop and isn't totally rock, and it's definitely not just a "jam band with a rapper," as they've been told.
"Our sound is whatever we feel at the time," he says. "We don't like to be pigeonholed. We can do so much of everything."
Fans will get that on the band's new EP, "Illusion," a release Morris says shows the band's technical and writing growth. Songs include "Vows (I.O.U.)," "Playin' to Win" and "We Got Soul!" The EP features guest vocalists C. Jay Conrod and Jessica Neal.
"In this day and age, albums are great, but people like songs," Morris says.
The EP release party for "Illusion" is tonight at the Gramophone.
"Illusion" follows last year's "Sound," which Morris calls authentic, raw and solid, and a crowning achievement for the band after it became one of Vintage Vinyl's best-selling releases of that year. That was sweet vindication, because "we were going through so much turmoil with our management. It took us a lot to get out of that. But it drew us closer rather than apart."
Illphonics, which includes bassist Simon Chervitz, guitarist Kevin Koehler, keyboardist Keith Moore and drummer Chaz Brew, formed about 2007 at Webster University. Initially, they went by the name Fallout and Friends.
"Some of the guys felt like the name sounded like a PBS special," Morris says.
Performing at parties and open mikes at Webster with breakthrough songs such as "Let Them Horns Blow" and "Walking the Mason Dixon Line" led to bigger deals, such as opening for Lupe Fiasco and the Roots.
This, coupled with winning the Taste of St. Louis Battle of the Bands two years in a row and a long résumé that includes playing at Cicero's, the Old Rock House, Blueberry Hill, 2720 Cherokee, Atomic Cowboy and the Gramophone leaves the Illphonics feeling that it has little left to prove.
"We've been here, and we're not going anywhere," Morris says. "Love us or hate us, we do our thing. And we feel we're not far from getting to a level where we'll get out there. We had to find our own lane that's unique and inspire other bands to do the same thing. We know we can't be the next Nelly, but we aren't trying to be." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch


"THE ROOTS!"

The other night I got to see The Legendary Roots Crew. It was amazing, having never seen them before. I definitely recommend any fan of music to see them if you can.

The show was opened by local St. Louis band Illphonics. Illphonics is a band comprised of 2 guitars, a bassist, keyboard, drums and a rapper. They have all the guitar-rocking glory of an 80s rock band, with a jazz-drum twist and a dope MC. Really cool band. As I said after they finished playing, “that’s the way to open up for The Roots.” They brought down the house with wild energy, rocking solo’s and pure awesomeness. If you have an opportunity to see these guys play, do. They are great....... - http://vinylmeltdown.com/archives/181


"Show Review: The Roots at Webster University, Friday, April 18"

Locals the Illphonics opened up the show with a well-received blend of rap, rock, funk and jazz. The high-energy band played well and had good chemistry. Lead vocalist and Webster student Larry Fallout Morris displayed good stage presence and mic control, even though his vocals were unfortunately a little muffled coming out of the speakers. - The Riverfront Times- Saint Louis


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Bio

iLLPHONiCS is more than a band, it's an identity. All five individuals in the band are founding members, and since 2006, they've consistently made some of the most groundbreaking music that has come out of the Midwest with all members based in Saint Louis, MO. iLLPHONiCS is one of the few bands that can tastefully blend rap vocals with strong musical composition and an energized live performance. It's the hybrid of different musical styles and cultures that makes iLLPHONiCS such an undeniable force with the kind of energy that can keep a crowd moving. iLLPHONiCS has the power to hold an audience's attention from the first note until the last.

The iLLPHONiCS have played over well over 200 shows at home and in almost 11 different states, opened for numerous National Recording Acts, including Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, Everclear, RJD2, Presidents of the United States of America, Blueprint, The Cool Kids, Wiz Khalifa and MC Juice. They've won the Bud Light Tasty Band Competition at The Taste of St. Louis, played the PlaySTL Music Festival, Wakarusa, Ink's Middle of the Map Fest, and various showcases at multiple SXSW appearances. This year, they will be performing at LouFest.

iLLPHONiCS joined independent record label The Record Machine in 2015. The Record Machine is a pioneering homegrown record label based in Kansas City, Missouri and is the co-founder and curater of the very popular music festival Ink's Middle of The Map Music Fest.

Their new album, "Gone With The Trends" will be iLLPHONiCS' fifth album. With an intense vision and message in mind, the band hit the studio to produce the 13 track album.

"Gone With The Trends" is an ode to how wrapped up we’ve become in social media and internet trends. As a testament to this theory, iLLPHONiCS have devised the Seven Deadly Trends as a means of ramping up excitement leading up to the album release. These trends include, among others, Egocentrism, Materialism, and Idolization. Altogether, the album boasts songs about love, having a good time, and even politics. In the soulful track "Sweet Missouri", the band collaborated with St. Louis vocal artist Kristeen Young and legendary David Bowie producer Tony Visconti.

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