ILL is a genre-evading band which believes in the power of disobedient noise. With a repertoire of precarious pop songs and frequent improvised departures, ILL revel in the right to be weird, exploring the borders between the funny and the sinister, the personal and the political, the mundane and the surreal.
Since their beginnings in Manchester in early 2012, the feminist post-punks have released a string of self-produced singles accompanied by DIY artwork and music videos. Their debut album ‘We Are ILL’ came out on Box Records in May 2018 to an enthusiastic reception by music publications including Q Magazine, The Quietus, Loud & Quiet, Drowned In Sound and Louder Than War. Recorded over 18 months in the crumbling mills of Ancoats, Manchester ‘We Are ILL’ is a call to action, a disobedient protest in the face of passivity, wrestling with the personal and political issues of identity and gender, mental health, the disintegration of social services, capitalism and misogyny.
“A celebration of womanhood that’s wry, gleeful and brilliantly bold.” Q Magazine
“Liberation through disobedient noise.” Loud & Quiet
“The wrecking ball of austerity has destroyed – is still destroying – lives across the UK, and we know it affects women more than men. We Are ILL is a response to this dire state of affairs, a simple FUCK THAT, in the noisiest, most disobedient, most defiant way possible.” The Quietus
“We Are Ill is psychedelic, surreal, weird, funny and poignant. And with it, Ill have created a fearless debut that’s utterly unique.” Drowned In Sound
“In its entirety, We are ill is an extraordinary piece of work. A riotous assembly of politics, wildly inventive musicality, visceral energy, devastating word bombs and assertive rage where all the elements fuse into an extraordinary sonic alchemy. It’s an epiphany.” Soundblab
“In 9 tracks I have managed to despair, dance and develop – all through an animal of album that proves the power of alive, angry sonic significance. You’ll be changed for listening to it. Get ILL.” Louder Than War