The Ike Reilly Assassination
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The Ike Reilly Assassination

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The best kept secret in music


"Ike Reilly"

"…a dirty cross between Lou Reed, the Violent Femmes, and Beck…" – NY Press on Salesmen and Racists - NY Press

"Salesmen and Racists review"

"…brings to mind the winning sneer of solo Paul Westerberg, while Reilly’s playful, off-the-cuff delivery and Dylan-esque wordplay is reminiscent of a more lucid Beck." - Blender (Matt Ashare)

"Salesmen and Racists review"

"…a terrific collection of brainy and bilious tales of losers and schemers…" - Chicago Reader

"Ike Reilly review"

"If you’ve been waiting for an artist to renew your faith in rock ‘n roll, look no further…"
"…Ike Reilly is what you’d get if you mixed the DNA of Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Beck, Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow…"


"Sparkle In The Finish" (LP, Rock Ridge Music, in stores October 12, 2004)

"Cars and Girls and Drinks and Songs" (EP, self-released, 2003)

"Salesmen and Racists" (LP, Republic/Universal Records, 2001)
3 tracks from "Salesmen and Racists" received airplay:
"Put A Little Love In It"
"Last Time"
"Commie Drives A Nova"


Feeling a bit camera shy


Blender Magazine has called Ike Reilly "The Worlds Most Rock and Roll Doorman", but these days, the doorman is dead and the singer-songwriter's been knocked off too. All that remains now is The Ike Reilly Assassination. The IRA, Reillys cool and woozy band, reflects his artistic vision by combining recklessness and unpredictability with pure confidence, lyrical candor and a greasy sexuality. Reilly, who The New York Press said looks like the bad boy in a vocal pop band of serial killers, swallows rock n roll and spits out a unique and compelling vision that is refreshing for its fearless self-expression.

The Ike Reilly Assassinations new offering, SPARKLE IN THE FINISH, is a scorching follow-up to Reillys critically- acclaimed 2001 Republic/Universal release SALESMEN AND RACISTS. On SPARKLE IN THE FINISH, Reilly is backed in the studio by his long time band mates: Dave Cottini, drums; Tommy O'Donnell, bass; Phil Karnatz, guitar; and producer Ed Tinley
on piano and guitar. Laced with punk-blues, classic and garage rock, and wrapped up in both lo-fi and contemporary production, Tinley brings elements of the bands live greatness and Reillys eclectic individualism to the forefront on this unique recording.

The songs on SPARKLE IN THE FINISH look into Reillys dark and sexy world of bank robbers, cross dressers, mythical garage bands, the rich, the dead, and the things that often drive them - lust, pills and booze. All seen from the eyes of a wiseass everyman drifting through modern America, Reillys songs are compelling, often times hilarious, and wholly original. Songs on SPARLKE like "I Dont Want What You Got (Goin' On)", "It's All Right to Die", "Whatever Happened To The Girl In Me?", "Waitin For Daddy", "The Boat Song (Were Getting Loaded)" and "The Ballad Of The Choir Boy Bank Robber" are fascinating observations about simple events and conversations, about death and redemption, about excess and addiction, all
infused with memorable melodies and a tough lyrical cadence.

Live, the band is undeniable and unpredictable. Reilly may begin an evening alone and singing strange hymnals from behind a childrens organ or the show could begin as the entire band explodes with an aggressive looseness that is alarming and endearing. Whatever the case may be, the performances always culminate with a cathartic and celebratory release.

The Ike Reilly Assassination is part of no movement nor is it a concept contrived to be hip or to sell records. It is what rock n roll should be - a form of pure individual expression.

The doorman may be six feet under, and the singer-songwriter may have kicked the bucket, but The Ike Reilly Assassination is alive and slithering through America.