LIVE REVIEW: Illiterate Light in Boston, MA

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LIVE REVIEW: Illiterate Light in Boston, MA

2019 was a busy year for Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran of Virginia’s Illiterate Light. They kicked off their year with the release of the EP Sweet Beast and by October were celebrating the release of their self-titled major label debut record. They also were apart of some pretty big tours, playing opening sets for the likes of Rainbow Kitten Surprise and The Head and the Heart.

Due to their wild work ethic, fans are quickly falling in love and came out in droves to the Boston date, selling out the iconic Great Scott. Home to many first headline runs for bands and acts including names like Young the Giant, Catfish and the Bottlemen and even Greta Van Fleet who actually played the room only a handful of years ago. If the buzz in the room that night is any indication, Illiterate Light will surely enter those ranks. Upon entry into the room, the room was buzzing and filled with familiar Boston music loving faces.

As the duo took the stage, the room roared and everyone rushed towards the stage, PBR’s in hand. The band’s set focused heavily on their full length which makes sense with their discography still limited. The band’s energy was palpable with supreme dreaminess and some serious love and peace signs vibes sparking up the room. Illiterate Lights’ live performance is their greatest strength, so much so that you could attend a show never having heard a single song, and have the time of your life. Crowd and personal favorites included the EP’s title track, “Sweet Beast” and quickly becoming hits, “Better Than I Used To” and “Sometimes Love Takes So Long.” With a smashing setlist full of huge guitar licks, precisely harmonized vocals and raucous stage presence, it’s clear Illiterate Light is only at the beginning of a sure to be fantastic journey.

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Colleen has been writing about music since 2009. Interviewing bands since the glory days of Warped and has continued to do so for now over fourteen years. As well as doing freelance for other publications, the love for everything rock continues today.