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Illiterate Light with The Cordial Sins

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Illiterate Light thrives on subverting expectations. Though just a duo, the Harrisonburg, Virginia-based singer-guitarist Jeff Gorman along with Nashville, Tennessee-based drummer Jake Cochran make surprisingly pummeling and thoughtful alternative rock. Since the band’s 2015 inception, they’ve intently focused on their unorthodox live show with Cochran standing behind his kit and Gorman playing synth bass with his foot as he sings and strums his guitar. Fiercely egalitarian and independent, the two not only split up songwriting duties and arrangement ideas, they even built bike-powered stages: bringing the fans into the live experience and envisioning a greener future for shows.

But with their latest album Sunburned, out January 27 via Thirty Tigers, Gorman and Cochran have turned their attention inward to their songwriting and studio craft. It’s their most fully-realized and ambitious LP yet, one that’s full of immediate songs that update and revolutionize the band’s approach to making music. There are rich keyboard and programmed percussion textures now populating their songs, as well as soaringly anthemic choruses, and hefty doses of fuzz. “On our first record, we were very live-focused and wanted to make sure whatever we were writing was translated in person,” says Gorman. “Without that crutch, we could be more adventurous and take more risks. We definitely weren’t timid in the studio.”

The Cordial Sins are known for their delectable meld of shoegaze, harmonious indie rock and a snarling hint of grunge, having shared their electrifying performance on stages with the likes of The Breeders, Foals, Wolf Alice and more. Led by co-founders Liz Fisher (vocals, guitar, violin) and Corey Dickerson (guitar, vocals), The Sins have had notable performances at Nelsonville Music Festival, Audiotree, and on support tours, along with their first label release, the In Memory EP (Diversion Records).

Small Talk (2023), the band’s debut LP, is a grittily fizzing mix of rasping indie rock and shoegaze, almost combative in its strength. When most of their creative landscape came to a screeching halt during COVID-19, The Cordial Sins focused their angst the only way they knew how: through writing. With what seemed like endless terrain to record, revise, and hone their sound, it’s no wonder that the culmination of their effort–a nine-song LP–captures the tumbling, raw emotion of the last three years with such sincerity.

Spirit of the Bear is no longer on this bill due to unforeseen circumstances.

Food & Bar: Our full food and drink menu will be available before and during the show. If you would like to eat before the show, we encourage you to make a dinner reservation on Resy for our kitchen side of the venue.

Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 8:00 pm

Doors Open: 7:00 pm