*Moved to Ortlieb's* Susto
Illiterate Light, Frances Cone
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Spanning the better part of a decade, the creative evolution between Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran is far from ordinary. The duo ran an organic farm in the Shenandoah Valley, toured the mid-Atlantic by bicycle, and lived in small communities while pursuing modes of alternative education. Their eclectic background is mirrored in Illiterate Light's sound and lyricism, floating between postmodern confusion and vibrant, life-affirming optimism.
Formed in the summer of 2015, the band transcend expectations of typical rock music through their limitations as a duo. Gorman elevates his gritty guitar melodies and honest lyricism by stomping out thunderous synth bass with his feet as Cochran layers lush vocal harmony and explodes with body convulsing energy around his minimalist standing drum kit. Gorman and Cochran’s incessant writing, commanding live performance, and near constant touring promise a bright future as they finish their debut album with Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon, Chris Stapleton) and Adrian Olsen (Foxygen, Natalie Prass). Their recent EP, “Sweet Beast", is the first taste of what’s to come from Illiterate Light.
Frances Cone is a Nashville based soulful indie band. For someone with deep familial roots in opera and classical music, founder Christina Cone seems preternaturally capable of writing songs focused on capturing the insane, unthinking fireworks of the human heart. Anxiety. Heartbreak. Transcendent love. The secrets of a diary so sacred and precious it only exists internally, every word an eyes-shut-tight whisper. To create music like that, such as on their forthcoming album ‘Late Riser’, takes actual, emotional bravery. It takes a level of empathy and love that stays locked and unavailable in most people. Luckily, Christina and her multi-instrumentalist musical and life partner Andrew Doherty found each other in Brooklyn NY a few years ago and all the locks failed. They started creating what would become half of ‘Late Riser’. Between them there was just enough courage to hold hands and jump.
They landed in Nashville, TN and immediately found a home in the city’s thriving alternative scene. There were challenges and successes and lots of hard work but all along the songs kept coming. Music lovers at Noisey, Billboard, Stereogum, and Brooklyn Vegan among others began to take notice. NPR invited the band to perform at their Tiny Desk concert series and they garnered more than 12 million streams on Spotify. The seed of a musical identity first hinted at on Cone’s 2013 release ‘Come Back’ blossomed into something unignorable and meaningful. After years of patience and perseverance, ‘Late Riser’ was finally finished. The record is a testament to what modern pop music is capable of when imbued with honesty and emotion so palpable you can taste it in your mouth. It’s not opera, and it’s not the result of any calculation or outside influence. It is pure feeling: watching a fireworks display through happy tears.
$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show
Due to venue construction, the 4/19 Susto Show w/ Illiterate Light and Frances Cone has been moved from MilkBoy Philly to Ortlieb's (847 N 3rd St). All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new location. Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/Susto_Ortliebs