Named after the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name, Illustrated Man are one of the newest young bands to emerge from Hastings. And they’ve certainly hit the ground running, as this is a very impressive debut EP clearly demonstrates.
Containing five tracks ‘The Long Rain EP’ is inventive and intelligent and shows possible influences from more recent bands such as Radiohead, but also others right back to the 1960’s. Maybe these four young men have been delving into and listening to their parents record collections?
From the opener ‘Evening’ right through to the closing track ‘Blood Wells’, all the songs here are radio friendly and easily accessible to any listener. The band are obviously already accomplished musicians and songwriters. The sound quality is spot on too, not bad for something that was recorded, mixed and mastered by the band themselves in the guitarists dining room!
Understated, simple, effective, but never too busy, ‘The Long Rain’ mixes both amplified and acoustic songs and get’s better with every listen.
I’ve heard very good reports about gigs by Illustrated Man too, although I’ve not been fortunate enough to have seen them live yet myself. But, I will definitely be remedying that as soon as possible and I suggest that you do too.
You can find out more and listen to the EP here: https://soundcloud.com/illustratedman