Recently I looked at my list of upcoming Badass Bands (Yes, there is a list!) and I thought to myself, “Okay, Badass Band 50 is next, this band needs to be extra epic.” However, in reality, ALL of my bands are epic in their own right, so 50 is really just a number. So if you are looking for a young band that meshes 80’s style epic melodic climaxes and falls, with a fresh new spin and a dancy, fun vibe, then your search is over, Irontom is the band for you.
Irontom was a fresh discovery for me while at a show for another Badass Band, Eyes Lips Eyes. As usual, I arrived just in time for the opening acts, and I didn’t do any research on the openers (this is my new thing, going in ‘virgin’). Five fairly young looking dudes set up, and I thought to myself, “Alright, let’s see what these kids are going to show me.” I was hoping they were going to be high energy, you kind of have to be to build up to Eyes Lips Eyes. They did not disappoint. I was digging on them for the entirety of their set, and was bummed when their short set was over. The thing that sucks at this point of my profile on Irontom is that because I went in ‘virgin’ I can’t pick out any specific songs that stood out to me. However, on their website you have access to two songs (Scope the killer artwork too!), which will be on their upcoming debut album. That’s how fresh to the scene these guys are. The songs available on their site are ‘My brothers’ and ‘Mind My Halo’. Vocals are like velvet, the guitar is just slightly distorted, and the bass, drums, and keys force the climaxes and falls of each song so damn well. Lyrically, the songs are deep and insightful about the interconnectedness of us all/some basic human emotional situations we all deal with, and match the tune style seamlessly.
The band is comprised of five rad guys, Zach Irons- Guitar, Harry Hayes- Lead Vocals, Dane Sandborg- Bass, Daniel Saslow- Keys, and Dyl Williams- Drums. I can’t remember any one standing out more than the rest; they presented an equally talented united front, blowing us all away with their tunes and their fun, firecracker-like energy. These guys will not be small for long, jump on the bandwagon, you will not be sorry.
The guys of Irontom collectively took some time to answer some questions for BBB, so read on my music fiends to find out the interesting motorcycle story behind their name, what ‘Nitro’ means to them, and what the significance of the art on their website is!
When and why did each of you start playing?
We all started in our early teens, except Dyl, who started playing drums a little over a year ago. We picked up our instruments in order to jam.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How does that differ
from what you listen to now?
Each of us has had pretty different musical upbringings – AC/DC, Oasis, James Brown. Everyone in the band has been exposed and drawn
to different artists, but now we all can relate over The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Arctic Monkeys, RHCP, Elliot Smith, and Radiohead.
Which musicians do you admire? Why?
John Lennon, Bob Dylan, John Fruciante, Thom Yorke, Paul Simon, Fred Durst, Leonard Cohen, Flea, Alain Johannes, Matt Helders, Alex Turner,
Monkey from Korn, Fieldy from Korn, and Alex Turner to name a few. Other than simply being incredibly badass musicians and pioneers, they all
express themselves honesty through their art.
Why the name Irontom?
One day, Zach’s granddad came across a motorcycle accident on the road. It turned out to be his friend Tom and he had broken many bones
including his leg. When he recovered, he told people that they had put iron in his leg to fix it. This earned him the name IRONTOM. We took the name from him.
Describe your show visually & musically for those who have never been.
It’s hard-hitting music with a lot of energy.
How does your creative process typically work?
We all write together. Sometimes songs start from jams, sometimes one
of us brings in a song; in either case the finished product ends up really different than the initial idea.
What do you think you biggest break or greatest opportunity has been
in your career so far?
Recording with Alain Johannes (formely of Queens Of The Stone Age and Them Crooked Vulture) was just fantastic. Working with him is such a brilliant experience. He is an incredible artist and as a producer he speaks our language completely.
What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?
Finding the band. We’ve known each other for a few years, but it took some time for everything to fall into place. Dyl picking up the drums was the final step to having a complete band, and now that we’ve written, recorded, and played plenty of shows, the band’s become really solidified and confident.
What are you working on now, and what can we expect from you in the coming year?
We are going to be releasing an E.P. that we recorded with Alain in the coming months. And we are planning to begin hitting the road sometime soon.
Why should people listen to your band? What makes you unique? If your
band had a slogan, what would it be?
We don’t really have a band slogan. How about “Nitro”? We’re making rock music that has a lot of thought and effort put into the songwriting, and we think the result of that with our influences is something unique. It’s also Nitro.
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Maybe try and shift attention back towards albums. Listening through an album makes music more of an activity and puts the focus on a
collection of diverse songs. We don’t want bands to sacrifice writing diverse material for only writing the catchiest 3-minute one hit
wonder single they can. We want to be able to release albums that people can buy cheaply and want to buy – not expensive, crappy albums
that people end up pirating.
You guys look pretty young, and even with your insane talent, do you ever feel any animosity from other bands you have played with?
No, never really. Everyone so far has been really kind and enthusiastic. It’s been chill.
I dig the art on your website, can you tell me whose it is and its significance to Irontom?
Our guitar player Zach’s sister Amalia does all the art. She is an amazing
artist and her style just completely clicks with the vibe of our music.
One song you never get tired of.
“Nookie” by Limp Bizkit OR “Staircase” by Radiohead
What is the best live show you have ever gone to?
RHCP the Troubadour 2006
Favorite things to do NOT musically related.
Chill, kick back, hang out, relax, take a load off.
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
What kind of jobs did you have before (or currently) you were in the music industry?
Restaurant jobs, tailor’s assistant, day job in retail, guitar teacher.
If you ran Badass Bands Blog, what is one band you would feature?
(Exempting yourselves of course.)
Dreamer’s Dose and Eyes Lips Eyes
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