Integration is the foundation of Virginia rock duo Illiterate Light as their lives and music float between pools of postmodern confusion and rivers of vibrant optimism. While the duo’s search for meaning and depth drives a hunger for experimentation, their uniqueness is a result of limitation and restriction. 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 dynamic, experimental, 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 with several acoustic bands, lived in small intentional communities, and pursued alternative education in permaculture and contemplation. Their diverse and eclectic background is mirrored in their songwriting and lyricism; from non-duality to social justice to millennial dating norms, nothing is off limits. Though shaped by the eclectic music 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 tendency to write incessantly mixed with their commanding live performance and constant touring promises a bright future as they prepare to work with producer Vance Powell (Jack White, The Raconteurs, Tinariwen, Chris Stapleton), a relationship that began after a string of energetic Nashville shows in the summer of 2017. Often drawing comparison to the likes of My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, and tUnE-yArDs, Illiterate Light is a band, too.
Earthworm (Aug 2016)
Langue (Aug 2015)
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