The Ills

Live Act Alternative Postrock Instrumental Math-Rock Shoegaze
The Ills - Alternative Postrock Instrumental Math-Rock Shoegaze Live Act in Bratislava

The Ills Short Info

“The band’s live performances are electric, with their musical skills fostering an intense atmosphere.”
- IQ Magazine, September 2016

“Very well composed and played. They have everything that is needed, power, emotion and style.”
- Ruud Berends (Eurosonic Noorderslag), 2016

"Post-rock, experimental, shoegaze, prog-rock - they do it so well! A really powerful, passionate performance on a big stage, they looked like they owned the stage. They are in the line up of Iceland Airways and I am sure they won’t get lost there. An excellent band."
- Vic Galloway (BBC Radio), 2016

Starting back in 2008 as more of a bedroom project in a tiny flat in Bratislava, a place full of different kind of instruments which they first picked up in what had to be just a little break in a gaming session on playstation, The Ills soon became a regular band.

The Ills are being put into a post-rock box, however it is also shoegaze and elements of math-rock and prog-rock that can be heard in their songs. They are definitely most characterized by their live performances where their musical skills, intense atmosphere combined with intimate parts meet with punk attitude and almost hardcore drive.

With two guitars, bass, drums and no vocals The Ills have played at various places from small pubs and cellars through art galleries and clubs to bigger stages at festivals such as Pohoda, Colours of Ostrava, Incubate, Waves Vienna & Bratislava, Wilsonic, Creepy Teepee or Rock For People.

Over the years they have played in Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Czech Republic. They toured with Japanese band Tricot in March 2016 and have also shared stages with the likes of And So I Watch You From Afar, God Is An Astronaut, Russian Circles, Rosetta and many others before.

The Ills have so far released 4 LPs & 2 EPs. After the debut album To Wish Impossible Things (2010) and critically acclaimed Splendor (2012) and Zoya (2014), they released their fourth and so far best received album Ornamental or Mental on April 20, 2016.

More press Quotes:

“If you want to add a new post-rock band to your list of favourites, grab a copy of the new ‘Ornamental or Mental’ album and say hello to The Ills. With deft musicianship, interplay and melodic ideas all of their own, they pack an emotional punch in the world of instrumental rock.”
- Clash, 2016

“(The Ills) have just delivered a blinder at Pohoda Festival…. – a name to watch, we hear.”
- 9/10 review for concert at Pohoda 2016
- Virtual Festivals, 2016

“The Ills I really liked. I would like to hear more and definitely stay in touch.”
- Adam J Ryan (The Great Escape)

“The band’s live performances are electric, with their musical skills fostering an intense atmosphere.”
- IQ Magazine, September 2016

“Very well composed and played. They have everything that is needed, power, emotion and style.”
- Ruud Berends (Eurosonic Noorderslag), 2016

"Post-rock, experimental, shoegaze, prog-rock - they do it so well! A really powerful, passionate performance on a big stage, they looked like they owned the stage. They are in the line up of Iceland Airways and I am sure they won’t get lost there. An excellent band."
- Vic Galloway (BBC Radio), 2016

Starting back in 2008 as more of a bedroom project in a tiny flat ...

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Past Gigs The Ills

  • 11 | 2016 Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Airwaves
  • 10 | 2016 Vienna Waves Vienna
  • 09 | 2016 Tilburg, Netherlands Incubate Festival
  • 07 | 2016 Ostrava, Czech Republic Colours of Ostrava
  • 07 | 2016 Trenčín, Slovakia Pohoda Festival
  • 03 | 2016 Berlin, Germany supporting Tricot (JP)
  • 03 | 2016 Prague, Czech Republic headline show
  • 03 | 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia Pohoda Party w. Tricot (JP)
  • 03 | 2016 Linz, Austria supporting Tricot (JP)
  • 03 | 2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia supporting Tricot (JP)
  • 03 | 2016 Graz, Austria headline show
  • 03 | 2016 Trenčín, Slovakia headline show
  • 03 | 2016 Košice, Slovakia headline show
  • 11 | 2015 Skopje, Macedonia PIN conference & festival
  • 07 | 2015 Plzeň, Czech Republic Rock for People 2015 - Plzeň
  • 06 | 2015 Chodov, Czech Republic Rock Chodov Festival
  • 05 | 2015 Košice, Slovakia Tabačka
  • 05 | 2015 Budapest, Hungary Szimpla Kert
  • 05 | 2015 Prague, Czech Republic Roxy
  • 04 | 2015 Maribor, Slovenia Gustaf Hall - Pekarna
  • 04 | 2015 Zagreb, Croatia Klub.
  • 04 | 2015 Kranj, Slovenia Trainstation Squat
  • 04 | 2015 Belgrade, Serbia MKC Kombinat
  • 10 | 2014 Bratislava, Slovakia Waves Bratislava Festival
  • 03 | 2014 Haderslev, Denmark
  • 01 | 2014 Vienna, Austria
  • 03 | 2013 Ålborg, Denmark
  • 03 | 2013 Berlin, Germany
  • 03 | 2013 Århus, Denmark
  • 03 | 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 01 | 2013 Krakow, Poland
  • 07 | 2012 Trenčín, Slovakia Pohoda Festival

Discography The Ills

  • 2016 Ornamental Or Mental Album | self-released
  • 2014 Zoya Album | Exitab
  • 2012 Splendor Album | Exitab
  • 2010 To Wish Impossible Things Album | Exitab
  • 2009 We Love Silence, But Silence Is Awkward EP | Exitab

Media

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  • Video The Ills - Deaf Flower Blee...
  • Video The Ills - She Died at 20:0...
  • Sound The Ills - Don't Organize O...
  • Sound The Ills - Meet Our Ghost W...
  • Sound The Ills - Mortality, Etern...

Origin

  • Bratislava SK

Founded

  • 2008

Members

  • Martin Krajčír guitar
  • Miro Luky guitar
  • Peter Berák bass
  • Ľuboš Hodás drums

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