Virginia rock band Illiterate Light celebrate the release of their new EP with national tour; hometown show at Get Tight Lounge in Richmond, VA on Saturday, September 16th.
After receiving significant critical acclaim for their sophomore full-length album, Sunburned (released January 2023), which was featured by publications such as SPIN and The Washington Post, Illiterate Light undertook a national tour which runs until the end of the year. Amidst all the excitement, this duo rock band from Virginia, consisting of singer-guitarist Jeff Gorman and drummer Jake Cochran, prepares to release yet more music. Their forthcoming EP, Aloe, arrives September 15th via Nashville label Thirty Tigers.
Illiterate Light celebrates the release of the EP with a hometown show with fellow Virginia-based band and fellow Newport Folk Festival alumni, Palmyra, who themselves just released a new single, “Burnt Bridge” in August. The hometown show will take place in Richmond at Get Tight Lounge on Saturday, September 16, the day after the EP is made available on all major platforms.
About the EP, Gorman noted, “On ‘Sunburned’, we really just tried to follow our intuition. Whatever felt exciting was what we followed. In the midst of that, we took some fun and beautiful twists and turns and wrote plenty of songs that felt like they existed outside the album. ‘Aloe’ is a collection of our favorites of those songs.
Each song stands as its own island, with distinct themes and inspirations. ‘Don’t Settle Down’ was written amidst public protest as the Stonewall Jackson monument in Richmond VA was torn to the ground. ‘Always Always’ showcases Jake on lead vocals, ‘Cheap Divorce’ was inspired by a depressing billboard advertisement, and ‘All of Us’ is filled with rambling proverbs and mystical musings. We are thrilled to release them now amidst a big summer and fall tour schedule.”
“Don’t Settle Down” is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music. Illiterate Light returns to the DMV with more shows this year, including the newly constructed Atlantis venue at 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. on December 9th, and at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA on New Year’s Eve.
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