Welcome to another edition of Track Marks, in which your Idolators perform an autopsy on the latest band burning up the MP3-blogger charts.
Hometown: Bucks County, Pa.
Album: What The Hell Do I Know? EP, released earlier this month
First blog mention: A Nov. 1, 2006 entry on Exitfare.
The Build-Up: In February, Ace Fu released a handful of free MP3s into the blogosphere–a tactic the label used last fall to build up steam for Annuals, and one that no doubt helped Illinois earn write-ups on the likes of Where Is Helsinki? and Wolf Notes.
The Dam-Break: March 12th kicked off a week-long rally, with Illinois garnering mentions on Muzak for Cybernetics, Side One: Track One and Some Velvet Blog; as of this morning, the group sits on both the “Hot Artists” and “Hot Tracks” lists on Elbo.ws.
Odds of Backlash: 5-1. We’re still about one year (or one huge-breaking artist) away from an anti-Pennsylvania backlash.
Are They Worthy?: Let’s take those two give-away tracks to task: “Alone Again” is a dark lament with a haunting “ba-ba-ba-bah” refrain, while “Screendoor” is typically pleasant–but hardly socks-knocking–backyard indie-pop. So we’ll split the difference, and wait for the LP.
Illinois – Alone Again [MP3, link expired]
Illinois – Screendoor [MP3, link expired]