Illiterate Light floats between pools of postmodern confusion and rivers of vibrant optimism, integrating both into their lives and music. The duo’s search for meaning and depth drives a hunger for experimentation, but their uniqueness is a result of limitation. Jeff Gorman elevates his gritty guitar melodies and honest lyricism by stomping out thunderous synth bass with his feet as Jake Cochran layers lush vocal harmony and explodes with body convulsing energy around his minimal standing drum kit. Formed in the summer of 2015, Illiterate Light’s three EP catalogue and high energy live shows have gained underground fan momentum through consistent touring of the East Coast and Southeast.


Spanning the better part of a decade, the creative evolution between Gorman and Cochran is far from typical. Starting with a chance meeting as the rhythm section for a pop singer-songwriter, the duo has since run an organic farm in the Shenandoah Valley, toured the mid-Atlantic by bicycle in several acoustic bands, lived in small intentional communities, and pursued alternative education in permaculture and contemplation. Their eclectic background is mirrored in their sound and lyricism; from non-duality to social justice and millennial dating norms, nothing is off limits. Though shaped by the DIY music scene and friendly nature of their hometown, Harrisonburg VA, the duo has grown immensely through immersion in the thriving alternative scenes in both Richmond VA and Nashville TN. Gorman and Cochran’s incessant writing, commanding live performance, and constant touring promise a bright future as they begin recording with Adrian Olsen and Charlie Glenn at Montrose Recording and Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound. Often drawing comparison to the likes of My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, and tUnE-yArDs, Illiterate Light is gearing up for a big 2018.

Live Video

RVATRACK16 - Illiterate Light "Better Than I used To" Audio By Scott Lane Video by Daniel Bagbey, Gabrielle Silvers and Scott Lane. Grip and Photography by Joey Wharton. RVATRACK 2018.

In The Ground (Scene Life) by Illiterate Light @ The Camel in Richmond VA on December 29th, 2016.

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Live Show Review:

Now/It's Nashville: Illiterate Light at the Basement East