The Illicits are the leaders of the next generation. The four-piece band from Blackburn, newly-signed by Alan McGee to his Creation 23 label, are the vital, essential guitar band the UK music scene has been waiting for, creating what Alan McGee has described as “terrace punk”.
With their blistering live shows, The Illicits are bringing people together, speaking to their peers in the north and documenting life in the post-industrial northern towns and cities. The band’s euphoric take on punk rock is instilling confidence and swagger into the northern music scene, and increasingly resonating with kids up and down the country as word spreads.
Left Behind features Sex Pistols legend Steve Jones on guitar, and is an urgent, anthemic slice of punk rock. Steve recorded his part at Atticus Ross’ studio in LA.
The cover of the Underworld classic Born Slippy has become a firm fan favourite at live shows, with the band encoring with the 90s classic. Using soaring guitars and thumping percussion instead of electronica, this is an exquisite cover, and it is easy to see why this has been favourite within their set list.
The Illicits became the first band ever to appear on Soccer AM without releasing any music when they performed live on the show earlier this year. This latest AA side release follows the vinyl-only release of debut single In What World. The record sold-out on pre-sales alone, entering the vinyl charts at Number 4 on release. To date the band have focused on physical releases only, avoiding streaming as they’ve built their reputation on word of mouth.
The Illicits are keeping good company having already supported The Zutons and Miles Kane, and most recently, Liam Gallagher. In December they head to Scotland to support Primal Scream before wrapping up the year with what will be an immense night, a homecoming gig at St George’s Hall in Blackburn on 21st December.
All live dates below:
Fri 13th Dec – The Ironworks, Inverness w/ Primal Scream
Sat 14th Dec – Aberdeen Music Hall w/ Primal Scream
Sun 15th Dec – Perth Concert Hall w/ Primal Scream
Tue 17th Dec – Barrowlands, Glasgow w/ Primal Scream
Wed 18th Dec – Barrowlands, Glasgow w/ Primal Scream
Sat 21st Dec – King George’s Hall, Blackburn – Headline show