Former tourmates with The Stroppies, The Illness release a new AA-side 12” vinyl single with former members of Pavement collaborating with them. On the first side is ‘Descending G’, with drummer Steve West, and on the reverse is ‘Phrases Redacted’ with the group’s general handyman Bob Nastanovich.
Vinyl 12" £8.49 C1807
12" on Sea Records.
- Includes download code
The Illness’ new two-tracker was clearly born from low stakes. On A-side ‘Descending G’ Steve West rhymes with a laconic flair that’s all Iggy Pop - ‘take a stroll, pay the toll’, the sort of vibe. There’s not much structure to the track either, with the undulating slacker-rock groove swelling in the first half, pulling back around the halfway point and then embarking on a second build. ‘Phases Redacted’ is even more carefree, beginning with the sound of dogs barking in the yard and going on to see Pavement/Silver Jews fellow Bob Nastanovich delivering some stream-of-conscious whimsy for the next few minutes over an equivalent instrumental.
However, the sense of being commonplace is also what gives these songs their power. From uninspiring situations emerges inspiring music, humble and ramshackle yet full of a chest-swelling vigour. The Illness take a little time to coax their instruments into life - as if the band are switching from ‘business’ to ‘pleasure’ mode, as so many of us do come 5pm - but once they get going they make a joyous din. ‘Descending G’ and ‘Phases Redacted’ serve as timely reminders that, in these times when we can’t play or experience music together, the small miracle of doing these things will eventually become part of the everyday once again.
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