This past April, a friend of mine and I traveled almost four hours to see a band that goes by the name, Sons of An Illustrious Father; and this names only scratches the surface of the depth of creativity this band possesses.
Sons of an Illustrious Father are a three pieced band based out of Brooklyn, New York. The three members; Lilah Larson, Josh Aubin and Ezra Miller all bring a personal flair to the collective, but also remained unanimous in their powerful sound.
I was introduced to Sons of an Illustrious Father sometime late 2016, and the first song I listened to was a song entitled, “Very Few Dancers” and wow, what an introduction it was. The song consisted of quick paced lyrics with a driving instrumentation force behind them and I can happily say this is a band that mirrors that same energy when performing.
What I really love about this band, and what I feel makes them stand out from most bands today, is that they aren’t afraid to get political and speak up about social injustice. They’re not afraid to discuss the overwhelming tension of current race relations, about our the lack of structure in our current political climate. The middle of the performance was graced with a beautiful rendition of “Ella’s Song” originally performed by Sweet Honey and it made me realize just how much I love this band.
Being an avid concert goer, I’m used to hearing the same speech about how “music can bring us together” and “despite what’s happening in the world we can always rely on music to provide solidarity”, which I agree with, but it’s nice to see people with a platform and a following not sugarcoat what’s happening to the world right now and want to act as ally and take a stand against injustice.
I love this band because they are a band that refuses to be quiet. In an industry that can seem so manufactured and corporate, they aren’t afraid to use their platform for what they believe in and what they believe in, is justice.
Give this band a listen, I can guarantee you that you won’t regret it.
Recommended Song of the Day: The Opposite of Love by Sons of An Illustrious Father
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