|Illinois Release ‘The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe’
(Deluxe Edition) Exclusively on iTunes today;
out in physical stores on June 9th
Illinois selected as iTunes ‘Indie Spotlight’ Featured Artist
East Coast Release Parties
“Arch and company don’t write the same song twice and yet the consistency in quality of material is staggeringly high for a group that takes so many turns and chances.” -Daytrotter
After six months of 3-song ep’s and videos, the day of reckoning has finally arrived. Illinois is taking all the songs and all the video chapters, wrapping them up with a little bow and releasing them all in one sh’bang. Spin.com diagnosed the band with ‘stylistic schizophrenia’ – which is to say, there is something here for everyone: a manic mix of banjo-laced saloon anthems, hip hop beats, rip-roaring electric guitar riffs, and tender acoustic soul-searching – traversing fresh genre terrain seemingly with every passing track.
The Courier Times writes, “The result is an approach as clever, quirky and borderline ludicrous as the band itself.”
Throughout the process, the ‘Kid Catastrophe’ project took on a life of its own. Songs were revealing themselves in different ways. ‘An Open Door’ was a last-second addition to the project thanks to a fortuitous appearance on the +1 Records office iTunes shuffle and one particularly aware staffer. Arch wrote ‘How Do You Feel’ for an imeem feature showing him getting ready for SXSW. Both tracks garnered some of the strongest love from fans and critics alike, and went on to be 2 of the best-selling B-sides.
This blue-collar outfit from Bucks County, PA, however, measures success in a very different way. Says bandleader Chris ‘Arch’ Archibald (aka Kid Catastrophe): “If I could just tour around and be with my best friends and do music — hell, yeah… But I’m not out for the fame or the money or the glory. I just wanna pay my cell phone bill on time.”
‘The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe’ was tailored specifically to marry Illinois’ prolific supply of material with the infinite demand of webspace, running video exclusives and mp3 downloads on various digital outlets. Exclusive mp3 debuts ran through the course of this campaign at The Tripwire, Rcrd Lbl, CMJ, Urb.com and The Music Slut. ‘Hang On’ in particular got so much attention it made it up to #6 in the Elbo.ws blog aggregator ‘Hot Tracks’ chart. Notable video premieres included Spin.com, Blender.com, Blackbook.com, Imeem and Baeble. At their recent run at SXSW, KEXP found out more about this unique project with an in-studio session and interview.
Illinois has truly embraced the internet with this project, and now, the internet is hugging back. iTunes is honoring the culmination of the series by making Illinois their ‘Indie Spotlight’ featured artist today: www.itunes.com/indiespotlight. Imeem made the band its ‘Featured Playlist’ on their homepage yesterday, including spoken intros for every track by Kid Catastrophe himself, providing a bit of insight on where these songs came from. PureVolume is also featuring the project on their main page, offering ‘Kid Catastrophe’ as a free mp3 download. Daytrotter just featured the band for the second time yesterday with a few tracks the band recorded while they were on tour last month.
-lyrics from ‘Kid Catastrophe’
The Deluxe Edition of ‘The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe’ is available via exclusive pre-release today, May 5th, on iTunes. The bundle will include all 18 songs and 6 film chapters of this six-month undertaking, plus 2 bonus songs and 2 bonus film chapters. So, in all, that’s 20 songs, and the 8 film chapters melded into one 22-minute film, in digital form. It will also include a digi-booklet of the artwork that has accompanied each chapter of the campaign. A physical release of the 20 songs will follow on June 9th.
‘The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe’ Web Exclusives
Chapter 1 Exclusive: Video: Spin.com || mp3: KCRW
Chapter 2 Exclusive: Video: Blender.com || mp3: The Tripwire
Chapter 3: Video: IFC ||mp3: Rcrd Lbl
Chapter 4: Video: imeem || mp3: CMJ
Chapter 5: Video: baeblemusic || mp3: URB.com
Chapter 6: Video: Blackbook.com || mp3: TheMusicSlut
Link to Purchase Illinois' ‘The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe’: www.iTunes.com/illinois
Copies of ‘The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe’ are available at the bands shows via custom USB flash drive for $10. Chapters 1 through 6 will be pre-loaded onto the USB.
Illinois is in the midst of touring the US. Only a few dates remain so be sure to catch them while you can. We are also pleased to announce that Illinois will be playing a Cinco de Mayo Deluxe Package Release Fiesta at Mercury Lounge. That’s May 5th – which is tonight – for those of you who don’t speak Spanish.
Upcoming Tour Dates
May 5 || Mercury Lounge (Cinco de Mayo Deluxe Edition Release Fiesta) || New York, NY
May 6 || Johnny Brenda’s (Chapter 6 Release Show) || Philadelphia, PA
May 7 || DC 9 (Chapter 6 Release Show) || Washington, DC
May 12 || Great Scott (Chapter 6 Release Show) || Boston, MA
May 16 || Sarah Lawrence College || Bronxville, NY
May 17 || Cherry Hill Mall (iTunes / Apple In-Store) || Cherry Hill, NJ
Chris 'Arch' Archibald
guitar, keys, banjo, lead vocals
guitar, keys, vocals
Read all about ‘The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe’:
Intro PR: http://www.plusonemusic.net/images/press/illinois/KidCatINTRO.html
Chapter 1 PR: http://www.plusonemusic.net/media/Chapter1.html
Chapter 2 PR: http://plusonemusic.net/media/Chapter2.html
Chapter 3 PR: http://plusonemusic.net/media/Chapter3.html
Chapter 4 PR: http://www.plusonemusic.net/media/Chapter4.html
Chapter 5 PR: http://plusonemusic.net/media/Chapter5.html
Chapter 6 PR: http://plusonemusic.net/media/Chapter6.html
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