Daniel Ahearn, of the electro-acoustic folk rock band Ill Lit, officially premiered his new video for “Down For The Count” today as part of Pastemagazine.com’s Video of the Day feature.Â The video was directed by Dion Labriola and Jerry Pyle.
Daniel released his solo EP, Pray For Me By Name, on June 17, 2008 on Riparian Records.Â Late in 2007, Daniel was robbed. His electronics, his boom box, keyboards, and pedalsâ€”all stolen.Â All the songs on his new EP, Pray For Me By Name, were written to be songs that Daniel felt like he could play with just an acoustic guitar and his singing.
Catch Daniel Ahearn live:
Fri June 27: Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Davis
Sat June 28: True Love, Sacramento CA
The songs on Pray For Me By Name are the result of a theft and subsequent change of heart and character- a step aside from the body and sound of his band Ill Lit. His solo material has recievedÂ early praise, including a recent Singer/Songwriter spotlight at iTunes and a Download of the Day at Los Angeles based KCRW. As for influences, Daniel says; â€œIt seems as though most of the music flying these days is steeped in a posturing I don’t relate too, a fashion I don’t understand and â€œethicsâ€ that feel a wee bit hollow, if not outright forced.Â This recording was an effort to be as honest as a liar can be, and an effort to get to the songs at the bottom of the night.â€
Pray For Me By Name was recorded between two houses, one in Malibu and one in the Valley.Â Daniel recorded enough material to also release a full-length album by the end of 2008. These songs are about traffic, drugs, hookers, the gymnastics of relationships and a fascination with the West Coast.Â Every one of them is a love song.Â
A video for the lead single, â€œDown for the Countâ€ and a West Coast tour is coming soon!
Previous praise for Daniel Ahearn:
Country harmonies, ambient-recorded noise, slow distant melodies, and minimal production â€“ their sound is of sincerity and disaffectionâ€¦Â worth tracking down.Â 8 (out of 10)
â€“ Vice Magazine
Welcome to my new favourite record, welcome to found sounds, scrap heap sonics and above all excellent songs.
The debut album is a mÃ©lange of alt-country rock and ambient noise. There is a true atmosphere to the music that conjures up thoughts of loneliness and hardship through the introspective lyrics of singer/songwriter Daniel Ahearn. There is both character and estrangement in these songs, which revel in their effortless production.