Johnny Brenda's Presents

Illiterate Light

Ages 21 and up
Thursday, February 15
Doors: 8pm

*All events are 21+ valid ID required for entry*

8 PM – Doors
9 PM – Show

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. Si nce 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 per son,” says Gorman. “Without that crutch, we could be more adventurous and take more risks. We definitely weren’t timid in the studio.”

Jordan Caiola (CAI•OLA) is a songwriter/musician/producer based out of Philadelphia. He founded the indie rock band Mo Lowda & The Humble in 2010 and due to its intense touring schedule, the band became his main priority along with his side project NightSe ason (founded 2016) – an indie/electro – pop producer duo. Though he always felt writing folk songs was his true “wheelhouse”, it wasn’t until the nationwide lockdown in early 2020 that he finally put aside the time to record a collection of those songs for h is first solo album ‘Only Real When Shared’. The album (due out October 2nd, 2020) was entirely recorded during quarantine with producer/engineer/drummer Shane Woods, with whom Caiola previously co – produced all the Mo Lowda records as well as Arson Daily’s 2020 LP ‘Late Reflections.’ Caiola’s debut album highlights every aspect of his vocal spectrum and strips down instrumental elements to direct focus towards the lyrical content much more than on previous efforts. Jangly acoustic guitars, lo – fi drums, and lush harmonies makeup the bulk of this record, with sit – ins from multiple additional musicians sprinkled throughout. Caiola is set to release a new single every 2 weeks starting July 24th up until the full album comes out October 2nd, 2020

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