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Ike Reilly Assassination
Junkie Faithful
Rock Ridge Music

Third LP from quirky indie-folk rocker playing soon at a local record store near you

Ike Reilly is a lot of things. On Junkie Faithful (his second incarnation as the Ike Reilly Assassination), the Midwestern troubadour claims to be a stranger, a holiday killer, a semi-part-time gospel spiller, a clubfoot boyfriend, and a landlord villain, among others. Reilly's relatively sprawling subject matter ranges from rural farm girl requests to wry picket-and-protest stances to drug-addled tales of perpetual unhappiness. All this is just a slice of the imaginative and dysfunctional world as seen through the eyes of the edgy everyman from the tiny town of Libertyville, Illinois.

Ike Reilly also has a lot to say. So much so that it becomes clear that Reilly's songs primarily serve as a vehicle for his voice, which is somewhere between the strained vocal chords of Bob Dylan and the hyperactive pop bounce of Jason Mraz. In fact, Reilly even attempts to channel Dylan via a "How does it feel?"-type line ("Where - were - you?") in "The Mixture", which is also full of lyrical floetry.

Musically, Junkie Faithful finds Reilly replacing most of the voltage from predecessor Sparkle with tasteful amounts of acoustic guitar, heartland harmonica, and even some old school accordion. This is buoyant and flavorful indie rock at its finest.

Reilly has a lot of needs, but more than anything, he wants to be accepted (despite his eclectic array of unfavorable personality traits). Reilly also has issues with his mom. In "God And Money", he lashes out at her for his rigid Christian upbringing but seems to forgive her in part - only to merrily reminisce of her funeral in the jaunty "What A Day".

Ike Reilly may have a sick sense of humor, but his keen wit and nerve make him come off as some sort of lightweight indie rock hero - at least to his junkie faithful. On "Devil's Valentine", Reilly states, "Somewhere between dreams and fear is life".

And somewhere between life and death is Ike Reilly, off in his own little corner of small-town America, turning tales into tunes.

-Ken Devine

Standout Tracks: "God And Money", "The Mixture", "Everything Is Alright"

Track Listing:
1. 22 Hours Of Darkness
2. The Mixture
3. God And Money
4. Kara Dean
5. Farm Girl
6. Suffer For The Trust
7. Edge Of The Universe Café
8. Heroin
9. What A Day
10. I Will Let You Down
11. Devil's Valentine
12. Everything Is Alright

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