Illiterate Light are set to release their debut EP, Sweet Beast, on January 18, and now share new video for single, “Two Cats“ – watch via ThrdCoast. The Virginia duo of guitarist/vocalist Jeff Gorman and drummer/vocalist Jake Cochran are back on the road this month, currently supporting Rayland Baxter(dates below) along with confirming 2019 appearances at the SXSW Music Conference and Shaky Knees Festival. IlliterateLight’s “TwoCats” is a lively catfight, one part comic book and one part backyard youtube brawl. Playful, aggressive, and anxious. Life is out of our control. “TwoCats” is about giving your life to a lover who has other plans, and the pain when your self worth disappears with them. Right when you find your heart, your whole world falls apart.
The video was planned and shot on a 1960’s 8mm home video camera in less than a day, entirely in order with no edits made, as a submission for Harrisonburg, VA’s quirky and limited Super Gr8 Film Festival. “For us, it was an experience in embracing limitations and the fun of uncontrolled creativity. It’s a good reminder that we truly aren’t in control,” says the band. “We can’t force the work we do, but we can show up, have a ball doing it, and enjoy whatever comes out.”
Sweet Beast is the cry of an uncontrollable hidden inner self: hidden because the good comes with the bad, and love comes with imperfections. Recorded in 2018, in both Richmond, VA and Nashville, TN, sessions for the record were deliberate… in and out and done. No messing around… just pure momentum and a desire to experiment. Translating Illiterate Light’s live show’s excitement to the studio was aided by Adrian Olsen (Natalie Prass/Foxygen) and Vance Powell (Jack White/Chris Stapleton), who knew exactly how to move with the raw energy and push the guys into new sonic territory. From political hopelessness to longing for love, Sweet Beast is a cathartic call for the modern moment.