O.B. James 1 p.m., March 7
Demetrius Antuna: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Percussion, Vocals | Matthew Baker: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Piano, Vocals | Carrie Feller: Keyboards, Vocals | Geoff Hill: Drums | Blanca Fowler: Vocals | John Mattos: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)
RIYL: The Locust, Kata, MNML, Goodbye Blue Monday, Get Your Death On, the Dropscience, Manuok, Rats Eyes, Hot Nerds, Hostile Combover, the Long and Short of it, Skydiver, Tourettes Lautrec, Aleph Research, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Portishead, Bjork, Sigur Rós, Black Heart Procession, My Bloody Valentine
Upcoming Local Shows
- The Irenic — Saturday, April 5, 8pm
- "The Dark and Heavy of ILYA" · Nov. 6, 2013
- "Ilya Reunites After Two-Year Hiatus" · Oct. 15, 2013
Inception: San Diego, 2001
Influences: Neurosis, Steve Reich, Glenn Branca, Brian Eno, Portishead, Bjork, Sigur Rós, Black Heart Procession
Spacey hard rockers Ilya, founded by Matthew Baker (vox, piano, guitar), has garnered comparisons to Portishead, Bjork, Sigur Rós, and Black Heart Procession. They self-released their debut Poise Is the Greater Architect (2003) followed by Leaving Sans-Souci (2006), earning multiple accolades at the San Diego Music Awards, licensing music to several independent films, and even landing airtime on MTV’s Sorority Life.
After around two years off, the band returned to the stage on their first live show in over two years on November 8, 2013, at Soda Bar. The event marked the debut of new members Carrie Feller (formerly known as Carrie Gillespie, of Tactical Fever and Street of Little Girls) on Rhodes/backup vocals, and guitarist Demetrius Antuña (Goodbye Blue Monday, ANA/), who had been playing alongside Ilya founding guitarist Matthew Baker in the 9-piece orchestral post-rock outfit KATA for the past few years.
The revised lineup is filled out by Blanca Fowler, Geoff Hill, and John Mattos. "We are playing a mix of new and old songs," says Baker. "Our new songs are a little bit darker and bigger than our old material, perhaps more lush in some cases. With that said though, we still sound like us. After being on hiatus for so long, we have all had to relearn our songs, and in some cases, change roles. For example, older songs that I played keys on, I’m now playing guitar and vice versa."