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The Very Best Of Illinois – We Share Some Of Our Favourite Bands From The Midwestern State

In another installment of our favourite bands from a specific region, we’ve decided to share 10 of the best bands to come out of Illinois! Find out who made our list here.

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Source: Rhian Westbury

It's no surprise that most bands feel the need to break the States in order to move forward in their careers. The US is such a massive country, there's literally so much ground to cover. That's also why it seems like so many of the individuals states have its very own list of great bands that have come out of there. We can only imagine how great it is growing up with such a thriving "local" scene, as is the case with some of these places. We say "local" because of how geographically huge the US is, what may seem like a "local" band to us outsiders could in fact be right on the other side of the state.

Instead of dwelling on some of the more popular regions, like say California, we've decided to tackle a less obvious choice: Illinois. You may be surprised how many of your favourites come out of the area, but here's just a few of ours from recent years; some more popular than others, and some who are obscure cult favourites. Good job Illinois for breeding some pretty darn good bands.

With their oddly timed melodies and extremely emotive lyrics, Braid is one of those bands where if you like them, you love them; but if you don’t, you’ll roll your eyes and call it ‘pretentious’. Often referred to as a seminal band of the 90s emo scene, the band actually disbanded in 1999, but after toying with the idea of a reunion in 2010, the band released their first full-length in 16 years No Coast in 2014. Usually when bands have been away for so long, a reunion just seems like a desperate attempt at crawling back into relevancy, but in Braid‘s case it just made you wonder why they broke up in the first place.

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