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Atlanta based Rock band ill started playing together in 2005 as part of a well-established Atlanta band that signed to Universal Records in 2007.
Finding the major label experience creatively restrictive, the three musicians opted out in 2009 and started writing the songs that would establish ill's trademark sounds.
The band's first independent album, 'Down in Deep', was released later that summer.
Having spent much of the previous two years on the road, including a tour supporting one of their favorite live bands, Fishbone, ill immediately started booking shows up and down the eastern United States. As the live show progressed, it became apparent that a new album was in order that better captured the sound and the attitude of the band onstage.
ill started writing 'Gotten Gains' in the spring of 2010, during which time guitarist-vocalist, Ryan Waters was asked to rejoin the legendary Sade to tour in support of their new album (Ryan started working with Sade in 2000).
The trio continued writing and recording during breaks in Sade's schedule and, in the summer of 2011, completed their second album.
Via friends Sun Domingo, the album caught the attention of Dutch record label Glassville Records and is scheduled for an early 2012 release.
The album includes a cover of the Sade classic, 'Pearls'.
The members of ill, Damion Goodpaster (Synth, Piano, and Vocals), Marlon Patton (Drums), and Ryan Waters (Guitar and Vocals) describe their sound as, "Big blues riffs with a punk attitude, rooted in soul. To us, the lines of classification between Ray Charles and Black Sabbath are very blurry".
The band's recordings have drawn comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings X and Stone Temple Pilots, while the band's live show has beendescribed as "...a stripped down, Hendrix-inspired guitar power trio with the sonic ambition of Nine Inch Nails".
1. One Time (3:27)
2. A (5:06)
3. There Are Worse Things Than Being Alone (3:50)
4. Christine (7:49)
5. Bitch (3:43)
6. Castration (4:01)
7. Finches (4:04)
8. Gold and Opal (2:31)
9. Interlude (0:40)
10. Pearls (5:05)