First show of 2016!

Tomorrow we play our first show of 2016. We have high hopes for the coming year, with a summer tour and new album in the works. If you live near Somers Point, NJ, grab a six-pack of whatever and get yourself to Iggy’s Basement tomorrow night so you can hear some of the new tunes.

For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

2016-01-08 Iggy's Basement


Happy Holidays from R,ILY!

2015 was incredible for us and we couldn’t possibly be more excited for 2016. We’re planning a tour for June and we’ll finish writing the new record soon! We have a special holiday message for you below.

Also, we’ll be offering a holiday discount on our Bandcamp page through midnight on Jan. 1. Just use the discount code “merrycringle” and you’ll get 40% off anything in the store.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


2016 shows

Right now we’re doing a lot of work writing and recording demos for a new record, but in the 2016 we’ll be back with a lot more shows around Philly, as well as a summer tour. Here are the first two shows that we booked. Click the flyers for the FB events.

Jan 29 at Bourbon & Branch

March 19 at Bourbon & Branch



I don’t know how many years ago, J and I saw Eagles Of Death Metal at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster. I have never been to another show where everyone was as happy to be there as that one, and I’ve never seen a band revel in the joy of it all so fully. I’ve thought, more than a few times, that nights like those are the reason that being a person is worth all the trouble. I know it’s a cliche, cloying thing to say, but feeling that connected to so many strangers is something truly special. I just wish the audience in Paris tonight got to have the same experience.


R,ILY featured on a new Kim Jong Ill track

About a year and a half ago, right after Jeff started rehearsing with the band, J and I spent a weekend in the studio with our friends in Kim Jong Ill. We helped them finish a track called, “My Touch,” a dance-y banger of an electro-pop tune that was slated for their upcoming album, The Get Down. They brought the Depheche Mode beats and synths, and we brought the guitars and a couple layers of vocals. The Get Down just dropped this week, so follow the link below to their bandcamp where you can hear the track!

The Get Down artwork
“My Touch” (featuring Revolution, I Love You) on Bandcamp

The Get Down is also available on iTunes, Spotify, and pretty much everywhere else on the internet, so go ahead and download it from wherever you like to get your tunes.

Songwriting continues for our own new record and we’re starting to make serious plans now for our summer 2016 tour, so email me at if you’d like us to plan a show in your city.


Dewey Beach Music Conference

Do you want to hear some new tunes? Do you want one last fling at the beach? Do you want to flee the pope-ocalypse? Then come hang at the Dewey Beach Music Conference with us.

RILY at DBMC 2015 on Sept 26 at 9pm

RILY at DBMC 2015 on Sept 26 at 9pm


Beast Coast Tour 2015


What up! Summer tour time, please share, come out and see us and drag a friend to the show! We’re super pumped and have been reworking the live set up, we think you’ll enjoy…

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Gorillaz Cover for Ten Year Anniversary of Demon Days

The ten year anniversary of Gorillaz’ Demon Days album is today! This album was incredibly important for us as musicians, so we decided to put together a cover of “Dare” as a tribute. Also, J put together a really cool video for the track. It is essentially the ’60s cult horror film The Brain That Wouldn’t Die reimagined as a four minute silent movie.

You can watch the video on YouTube or stream/download the track from Bandcamp. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it. If you love it, please share it.


R,ILY Recordings Will Be Archived by the British Library

We got some absolutely incredible news this week: two of our recordings will be preserved until the end of time. Or, at the very least, for as long as there is a United Kingdom.

Back in 2012, we were invited to contribute “Graceful Steps” to The State of Music, a project by a small UK record label called Choose My Music Records. The purpose of The State of Music was to “discover, interview and release music by one unsigned or indie label band from all 50 US states.” We were excited to represent Pennsylvania, as well as to find out that our friends in New Sweden would represent Delaware (where Jason and I grew up). The State of Music project collected some great music and garnered the attention of BBC Radio and The Guardian, before coming to a close in 2013.


Earlier this week, the founder of Choose My Music, Dom Paczko, received an email from the British Library Sound Archive. The British Library, the largest in the world, is the national library of the United Kingdom and charged with “preserving the national memory” of the UK. Its sound archive includes oral histories, plays, performances of the classical masters, wildlife sounds, urban soundscapes, and popular music. The music collection is mostly British, but it also includes select international recordings. A representative from the archive praised Dom for his “great and interesting” music selections and told him that the British Library would like to archive all of Choose My Music’s releases. This includes “Graceful Steps,” our contribution to The State of Music, as well as “Cotton Shirts,” which Choose My Music released for us in 2012.

This is an incredible honor and we’re still having a little trouble wrapping our heads around it. Needless to say, my grandmom (who grew up in Malvern, England) was pretty excited. She told me, “You know, it’s always nice to have something to brag about to the other ladies.” Oh grandmom.