Illinois kick off their first album in six years with their new single, “Stumbelina”
It’s been a minute since the Bucks County indie-rockers Illinois have released new music; their last single was put out three years ago, and their last album came out back in 2015. If you’ve been patiently waiting for some new work, then I’m happy to say that your wait is over. “Stumbelina” marks the first single released from an album that the band will be putting out this summer.
“Stumbelina” is driven primarily by the vocal harmonies and the drums for the whole first half of the song, allowing for a total shift in the moments where the drums back out to let the guitar part come in. As frontman Chris Archibald explains, the song follows a loose narrative: “I wrote the story about a bar regular who just can’t get it right, but I have those days too.” It’s the exact kind of meaning that lets you look a bit deeper and relate if you want to, while still giving the song room to just be catchy, easy listening.
You can check out Stumbelina below, and maybe revisit some of Illinois’ other work while you’re at it.