IRONTOM

IRONTOM

Performances

July 6 - 8:45 PM @ Uline Warehouse Stage

IRONTOM

All meaty, beaty, big and bouncy, IRONTOM set themselves apart from the pack by bringing pop clarity to a blend of ‘70s-inspired rock and twisted electronics. Their debut album Partners (out later this year via Third Chance Music/Another Century Records) is both bombastic and intricately textured and as darkly charged as it is undeniably life-affirming.

“Someone once said to me, ‘if I was in a haunted house, this is the music that would be playing,’ and that works for me,” says guitarist Zach Irons. “The spooky-scary thing is what excites us the most, although we generally try to ride the line between dark and happy.”

Partners kicks off with “Live Like This,” a hypnotic and groove-driven track powered by serpentine guitar riffs, sinuous keyboard lines, and captivating vocals of Harry Hayes. With “Be Bold Like Elijah,” the Los Angeles-based band (rounded out by bassist Dane Sandborg, keyboardist Daniel Saslow and drummer Dylan Williams) lays down an unstoppably swaggering anthem that pays homage to an old skateboarder friend while inadvertently referencing a prophet from the Hebrew Bible. On “Brain Go,” the quintet temper their frenzied energy with indelible melody and a tenderly impassioned vocal performance. And on Partners’ title track, crushing rhythms, haunting harmonies, and gorgeously sprawling guitar lines heighten the emotional urgency within the lyrics.

“It’s about the interaction with someone that you really love, whether it’s a romantic relationship or a creative one, says bassist Dane Sandborg. ”There are those inevitable moments where you clash. But at the end of the day, you’ve got that unconditional love and trust, and that gets you through all the highs and lows.”

Formed in 2012, IRONTOM are fueled by a potent chemistry that first began with Zach Irons and singer Harry Hayes. After learning drums from his dad (Jack Irons, former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam), Irons discovered his natural grasp of guitar at age 11, thanks in part to some guidance from confidant John Frusciante. Within years Irons began playing with fellow multi-instrumentalists Sandborg and Daniel Saslow, moves that quickly prompted Dylan Williams to take up drumming. “I really loved their music and wanted to be a part of it, so I left college and practiced drumming to Led Zeppelin all day long,” Williams recalls. “I was racing to get as good as I possibly could, just for the chance to be in a band with these guys.”

They introduced themselves with a pair of EPs - 2012’s The Loose and 2013’s The Nitro (produced by Alain Johannes (Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, PJ Harvey). In both releases, IRONTOM embody an eerie-yet-exhilarating dynamic also achieved throughout Partners.

Partners, which was produced by AWOLNATION’s Aaron Bruno, contains undercurrents of electronic elements, drawn from the band’s demos that “working with Aaron, we learned how to really bring out in a way we never had before,” says keyboardist Saslow, one of the band’s key sonic architects.  Bruno also aimed to capture the raw vitality of IRONTOM’s live show on the album. “The first time I saw the band play was in one of their parents’ living room, and right there I knew they had a deep and infectious musical fire in their bellies that together we could unleash on the world,” Bruno explained.

IRONTOM’s live show centers on the endlessly riveting interplay between Hayes’s outrageous showmanship and the band’s fierce intensity. And both onstage and on record, the band gives off an infectious energy that comes from a brotherhood-like connection. “Even if something’s off and one of us is going through a bad time, when we’re all together it becomes this powerful thing that’s so much bigger than the sum of its parts,” says Hayes. “If people are getting even 10 percent of the joy that we feel from playing together, then they’re definitely getting a whole lot.”

 

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