The Illustrated is a three piece band, but it began as a sort of jazz-influenced improvisational avant-punk two piece. Bryan Beardsley and Matt Murphy have been in numerous bands together, some of whom toured, some of whom put out records on Forever Escaping Boredom Records (Kit!, Dirty South Apocalypse). The Illustrated has recorded approximately three hours worth of studio material, and have assembled the best tracks onto a debut album called Alphabaggage, which is also a sort of soundtrack to film pieces and fiction created by Matt. The Illustrated toured the Northeast Coast in 2004 with Asthma Atttaq (Forever Escaping Boredom Records). Bryan, Matt, and Andrew Sink are all members of the Minge Collective. They all live together and collaborate on art projects. Bryan Beardsley is finishing a solo album, which will be released this summer by Throw The Dynamite Records. Andrew is currently working on a 100 song album with Chris Caswell, which members of the Minge collective lend tracks to. The Illustrated is currently recording a new full length, tentatively titled Betageist.