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After Explosive (Boston Globe) Newport Folk Set, Illiterate Light Share Better Than I Used To Video

After “Explosive” (Boston Globe) Newport Folk Set, Illiterate Light Share “Better Than I Used To” Video

Self-Titled Debut LP Out October 11

Watch “Better Than I Used To” at Billboard:

Virginia Duo Joins The Head and the Heart, Rainbow Kitten Surprise On Tour This Fall


(New York, NY): From running an organic farm to touring the mid-Atlantic on literal bicycles to signing to Atlantic Records, Illiterate Light have officially arrived with their self-titled debut LP, out October 11th. Part soaring indie rock, part swirling psychedelia, and part atmospheric folk, these 12 songs produced by Adrian Olsen (Natalie Prass, Foxygen) and Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon, Chris Stapleton) capture Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran entering a new era of their ever-evolving career.

Today they share their new video for “Better Than I Used To” — “a perfect addition to your summertime playlist,” according to NPR Music — over at Billboard:

Gorman and Cochran have spent the last few years honing their atypical live show; Gorman plays guitar while playing synth bass with his feet, and Cochran plays standup drums. This upending set, presented by two upending guys, has been road-tested and made big impressions at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza; the Boston Globe called their Newport Folk Fest performance from this year “so explosive it earned a standing ovation (no small feat before noon).” Gorman and Cochran now bring their intricate “less is more” musicianship, infectious hooks, and alchemic on-stage chemistry to tape.

But Gorman and Cochran are more than just an excellent show. On Illiterate Light, the duo works just as hard on their songwriting. On their major-label debut, they explore the push and pull of distance and desire (“Vacant Lover”), all the quiet moments of joy and pain in any relationship (“Sometimes Love Takes So Long”), and how the personal can also be political (“I Wanna Leave America” and “American Boy”).

Listen to how the band “translate their intense live show into a joyful noise” (NPR) in this live performance of “Carolina Lorelei”:

In September, Illiterate Light will embark on a tour with Rainbow Kitten Surprise followed by a tour with The Head and the Heart. At the end of October, the duo will hold three album release shows around their hometown. Find their full route below.


Illiterate Light Track List

1.  In The Ground

2.  Carolina Lorelei

3.  Better Than I Used To

4.  I Wanna Leave America

5.  Existential Crisis

6.  Wish I Didn’t Have Any Problems

7.  Without Walls

8.  Sometimes Love Takes So Long

9.  Vacant Lover

10. Here Lie The Bones Of My Favorite Car

11. Nuthin’s Fair

12. American Boy


Tour Dates

September 14 — Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre*

September 16 — Burlington, TV @ Higher Ground

September 17 — Boston, MA @ House of Blues*

September 18 — Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*

September 20 — New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall*

September 22 — Bethlehem, PA @ Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks*

September 24 — Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre*

September 25 — Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit*

September 27 — Charlotte, NC @ Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*

September 28 — Greenville, NC @ Peace Center Concert Hall*

September 30 — Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues*

October 3 — Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre*

October 4 — Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre* – SOLD OUT

October 8 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met^

October 9 — Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre^

October 11 — Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre^

October 12 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena^

October 14 — Pittsburgh, PA @ UPMC Events Center^

October 15 — Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore^

October 16 — Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre^

October 18 — Ottawa, ON @ Algonquin Commons Theatre^

October 19 — Montreal, QC @ MTELUS^

October 20 — Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts^

October 24 — Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall

October 25 — Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony

October 26 — Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony


*Supporting Rainbow Kitten Surprise

^Supporting The Head and the Heart


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