Illuminations was a short lived rock band based out of Gowanus, Brooklyn from the years 2007 – 2009. The group was led by songwriter/guitarist Zachary Cale, and founded with long time friends Ryan Johnson, Kris Benedict and Phil Glauberzon. The band started shortly after Cale had finished recording his second solo record Walking Papers, which both Glauberzon and Johnson had a hand in arranging. Equally inspired by the plugged-in folk rock of albums like Highway 61 Revisited, Zuma and the power pop aesthetics of Big Star and Tom Petty, Illuminations embraced elements of country, folk, blues and punk to form their own brand of American rock music. In 2008 their debut and sole album See-Saw was released on All Hands Electric; a record label that was founded by Cale and Johnson, with friends and cohorts Alfra Martini (Prudence Teacup, Virginia Plain), and Peter LaBier (Psychobuildings, Precinct), it was the label’s first release. The band played out locally in New York consistently for two years and completed a brief tour of Germany before disbanding in 2009. The former members continue to contribute to Cale’s solo work; all of whom played on Cale’s Noise of Welcome LP and have on occasion played live with Cale in one of many configurations of The Rain Band.
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