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iLLPHONiCS is more than a band, it's an identity. All five individuals in the band are founding members, and since 2006, they've consistently made some of the most groundbreaking music that has come out of the Midwest. From Mound City (St. Louis, MO), iLLPHONiCS is one of the few bands that can tastefully blend rap vocals with strong musical composition and live performance.
It's the hybrid of different musical styles and cultures that makes iLLPHONiCS such an undeniable force. With the kind of energy that can keep a crowd moving, iLLPHONiCS has the power to hold an audience's attention from the first note until the last. Just ask anyone who has seen an iLLPHONiCS show in any of the ten states they’ve visited.
The band has just put out their self-titled second album and fourth overall release (iLLPHONiCS, 2013). In addition to the remarkable, rhythmic storytelling of Fallout Morris, instrumentalists Keith Moore (keys), Kevin Koehler (guitar), and Chaz Brew (drums) have all come forward to lend their vocal talents this time around. Bassist Simon Chervitz anchors it all together with his undeniably funky and melodic groove. The album also features a number of guest vocalists, which makes the album their most varied and accessible to date. They are currently planning a busy 2014, with stops already mapped out across the Midwest, and a Spring West Coast tour also in the works.
The band has just finished their second studio offering, an EP entitled "ILLUSION", and it has been released as a free download at Illphonics.net. And while they are always writing and recording new music, the band has also started to take their sound to other great music cities like Chicago and Memphis.
The unlikely formation of the band in 2006 was initiated by Illphonics frontman and emcee, Larry "Fallout" Morris, when he was an Audio Production student at Webster University. He decided to make use of the school's recording studio to record an album, and called on his U. City High comrades Keith "Bizkits" Moore (keys), Chaz "CB" Brew (drums), and Simon "Spanky" Chervitz (bass), as well as fellow Webster classmate, Kevin "Killa K" Koehler (guitar), to provide the songs and instrumentation. After four years of rehearsals, shows, and recordings, the band's music has evolved into something the band likes to call the "Illphonics Sound"---changing with each member's personal growth.