"Lights Out (Anything Goes)"
"7 Come 11"
"Girls in the Back Room"
Born in the small town of Libertyville, Ill., Ike Reilly began his music career in the late '80s, when he secured gigs in Chicago with The Drovers, The Eisenhowers and Community 9. His own eclectic tastes were evident from the start: Early on, he touched on punk, blues and Celtic sounds. Reilly took a break from music in the '90s and worked a handful of odd jobs, including stints as a doorman and a cemetery worker.
In 2001, Reilly got a lucky break when some of his demo work fell into the hands of Michael Simpson (a.k.a. E.Z. Mike) of The Dust Brothers. Soon after, he returned with an album called Salesmen and Racists. Reilly's gritty voice and honest, provocative lyrics helped the album earn positive reviews. Since 2003, Reilly and his band have gone by the name The Ike Reilly Assasination, and have delivered a string of craggy, clever rock 'n' roll albums.
Reilly's latest, Hard Luck Stories, features the band's characteristic mix of grit and twang on a more narrative bent. Here, Reilly talks about the new record and gives an in-studio performance at WXPN.