Pitched to us as a band for those who are also fans of Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown and Tremonti, we knew straight away it was something special waiting for us. Iodine Sky have just released their impressive album ‘Tides’ and the release clearly shows the band have what it takes to be up there with the greats. Their sound is tight and polished, and has all the hooks and riffs of a tasty rock album – a refreshing addition to the unsigned rock scene, from a band who shouldn’t be lingering there much longer.
I catch up with the guys to find out more about how it’s all going since the release, and what we can expect from them in the near future.
Really excited by you guys, being influenced by the likes of Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry really made us sit up and listen. How did it all start for you, and what made you want to start Iodine Sky?
Aww thanks guys! Honestly it was down to a love of music and wanting to create our own sound. We had loads of influences to start with but the Alter Bridge tone settled in well.
Have you been lucky enough to meet any of your influences? Our editor James met Myles Kennedy and got his Ibanez signed by him, he was such a great guy to meet and hopefully you’ve had the pleasure too.
Funnily enough yeah. Our singer Azz has a habit of making stuff happen.
Azz – I got us to record and was then honoured to feature on Brett Hestla’s (Creed and Dark New Day) solo album. Brett’s without a doubt one of my idols as a musician. I already saw him as a legend but then he also hooked me up at Download and managed to convince Alter Bridge to help me propose to my now wife backstage (I still have the video). It was surreal because we then came round the corner and got congratulated by Chris from Black Stone Cherry!
You’ve just released your debut album ‘Tides’. How responsive are you finding the fans to your new material?
The response has been wonderful to be honest, some of the comments people have made have been heart warming and it certainly has made us want to keep doing it again and again.
Who was the creative genius to hand draw your album artwork, and is there a meaning behind it?
That would be the wonderful Rebecca Decadorette, she’s an amazing artist and tattooist. The photos and wonderful phoshoppery is by the very talented Phil Mairs. The artwork was based on the lyrics to the middle 8 of our song Tides. We felt the lyrics encapsulated our journey so far and the changes we have had to make.
How did working with Brett Hesla to produce your album come about, and how was the experience for you guys?
Initially we were introduced by a chap called AJ Gallant who now runs Famous Records Global with Will Hunt. It was an amazing experience, we’ve made great friends (Stovetop especially) and it’s just surreal to be in a room with people like AJ, Brett and Steve that know what they are doing and how to get the best sound possible out of you.
Did you face any major challenges with the recording and how did you overcome them?
Alchohol was definately a problem haha.
In all honestly no, the time in the studio with Brett was the easiest and most pleasant studio experience I think we have ever had. For ‘Tides’ we were recording here and then sending them over. It caused a bit of home sickness for Brett’s studio if I’m honest.
Were there any tracks that didn’t make the cut, and how difficult was it to piece the album together?
No to be honest it was a really nice process, we had a good handful of songs that we were working on and we just focused on the ones we had a connection with. But the album itself was a concept about showing our beliefs and wanting to try and inspire or help people relate to our life experiences.
What’s your tour schedule looking like for the year, and are there any further announcements to come?
We have some pretty exciting discussions going on at the moment, not revealing too much just yet! Tour wise we are going over to Florida in September to play our first gigs stateside whilst recording so that will be fun 🙂
Are there any personal favourites from the album that you enjoy performing live?
It depends on the crowd to be honest. ‘Tides’ has been amazing when people join in on the gang vocals, but at the same time ‘Rewind’ has developed a soft spot.
What’s the next step for the band, and are there any major plans in the pipeline?
Right now we are working on new material for the next album and fingers crossed we will be releasing a couple more singles early 2017 with some interesting collaborations. Can’t officially announce anything right now but watch this space!