Illinois (band)

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Origin Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Suburban soul, indie rock, indie folk, alternative rock, folk rock, adult alt.
Years active 2006–present
Labels Rockhampton Records, +1 Records, Ace Fu Records
Associated acts Eastern Conference Champions
Members Chris Archibald
Martin Hoeger
John-Paul Kuyper
Jason Buzolits
Matt Thieroff
Andrew Lee
Past members Daniel Pawlovich

Illinois is an American indie rock band from Bucks County, Pennsylvania fronted by singer/guitarist/banjoist/keyboardist Chris Archibald. The other members of the band are Martin Hoeger (bass, vocals), John Paul Kuyper (drums), Jason Buzolits (keyboard, synthesizer, guitar), Andrew Lee (guitar), and Matt Thieroff (guitar, percussion). The band is occasionally accompanied on stage by Dee Jay Skipmode (turntables). To date, the band has released five albums, the most recent a 2015 release entitled Shine.


Illinois self-released their first EP, Revenge of Some Kid in 2006.[1] In early 2007, Ace Fu Records signed the group after hearing their debut EP.[2] Illinois released What the Hell Do I Know? on Ace Fu later that year,[3] garnering comparisons to The White Stripes, The Arcade Fire,[4] Coconut Records, The Morning Benders and Wilco.[5] The group toured and played SXSW following the release of the EP.[6] Following this, the group toured with The Kooks.[7] After signing with +1 Records in 2009, Illinois released The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe and subsequently embarked on nationwide tours alongside Menomena and The Builders and the Butchers.[8]

In July 2011, a new album titled Lemonade Stand was released and has been made available to stream on SoundCloud and the band's official website.[9] Sometime in 2011, the band left +1 Records and created Rockhampton Records with fellow band Eastern Conference Champions.

Illinois released their fifth album Shine, which was originally due out in October 2012, early in 2015.

The group's song "Nosebleed" was featured in the season three episode of Weeds, called, "The Brick Dance." "Hang On" was featured on the soundtrack for the video game, NBA 2K10. "Mama-a-Mine" is featured in the closing credits for the Comedy Central web series, Delco Proper, which debuted in July 2015.


  • Chris Archibald - vocals, guitar, keyboards, banjo
  • Martin Hoeger - bass, vocals
  • John-Paul Kuyper - drums
  • Jason Buzolits - guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Andrew Lee - guitar, keyboards, vocals, dancing, magic
  • Matt Thieroff - guitar, percussion
  • Daniel Pawlovich - guitar, keyboards, vocals


  • Revenge of Some Kid EP (2006)
  • What the Hell Do I Know? EP (Ace Fu Records, 2007)
  • We Were Wrong Single (Ace Fu Records, 2008)
  • The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe Deluxe Edition LP (+1 Records, May 5, 2009)
  • Lemonade Stand LP (Self-released, July 21, 2011)
  • Shine LP (Self-released, February 24, 2015)


  1. ^ Illinois in Concert. NPR, April 13, 2007.
  2. ^ Ace Fu Signs Illinois. Aversion, February 15, 2007.
  3. ^ Review of What the Hell Do I Know?. Pop Matters, March 6, 2007.
  4. ^ Illinois at Allmusic
  5. ^ Review of What the Hell Do I Know. Pitchfork Media, June 4, 2007.
  6. ^ Trainwreck Riders, Illinois Detonate Underground. SPIN, March 27, 2007.
  7. ^ "The Kooks wrap up US tour with sold-out shows | News". Nme.Com. 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  8. ^ "Illinois Embark on US Tour" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  9. ^ Martin Hoeger (2011-07-21). "Lemonade-Stand by Martin Hoeger on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds". Retrieved 2013-07-23. 

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