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)

Genre: Rock

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, Black Emperor, Portishead, Bjork, Sigur Rós, Black Heart Procession, My Bloody Valentine, Warpaint, Mogwai, Swans, Dead Can Dance

Breaking News

Their album In Blood will be re-released September 30 with two new bonus tracks from the reunited rockers, set to play the Casbah (August 16) and the San Diego Music Thing (September 13).

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Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 2001

Ex-Band Members: Duane Pitre, undetermined Hank Morton, undetermined

Influences: Neurosis, Steve Reich, Glenn Branca, Brian Eno, Portishead, Bjork, Sigur Rós, Black Heart Procession, Arcade Fire, the Album Leaf

Background:

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).

In 2006, with the departure of Duane Pitre and Hank Morton, the remaining members- Matthew Baker, Geoff Hill, Blanca Fowler, and John Mattos- released their sophomore album, 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, Road Rules, and Sorority Life, as well as a handful of skateboarding videos.

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 Ffever and Street of Little Girls) on Rhodes/backup vocals, and guitarist Demetrius Antuña (Goodbye Blue Monday, ANA/KATA, the Dropscience), 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 was filled out by Blanca Fowler, Geoff Hill, and John Mattos. "We are playing a mix of new and old songs," said 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."

In 2014, they released their third album, In Blood, a collection of dark beautiful songs with deep attention to dynamics and mood, and a precision-like love for the subtleties and silence too often overlooked. The newest lineup was anchored by guitarist Demetrius Antuna and Carrie Gillespie Feller.

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