The Roxy Theatre presents
KROQ Locals Only Showcase Feat. Terraplane Sun
The Record Company, Irontom, DJ Hollywood Julio
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA, 90069
Watch & Listen
Hailing from Venice Beach, California, Terraplane Sun is comprised of frontman Ben Rothbard, guitarist Johnny Zambetti, bassist Cecil Campanaro, Keyboardist Gabe Feeberg and drummer Lyle Riddle. Their soulful blues influences are blended into a rootsy rock cocktail that defies any specific era. Their recently released EP entitled Ya Never Know features the single "Get Me Golden." Catch them on the road…their debut full album will be released late 2013.
The Record Company
The Record Company is a roots/blues/rock trio based in Los Angeles. Steeped in the classic sounds of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker along with the jump of Howlin' Wolf, The Record Company have burst onto the scene in a very short time, performing their first show in January 2012. While never trying to simply emulate the great masters, the band have found their own fresh take on the music and can best be described as a group giving a 21st century nod to a timeless art form.
Irontom’s music isn’t music that you dispassionately slip into your back pocket for a convenient conversation piece. You wear it on your sleeve. Not every band is willing to go to war with the white noise blasphemy that sprays out of the radio. It’s easier to blend in. That’s not what Irontom does.
So what does Irontom do? Making music offers no promise of poetic justice in our postmodern wasteland. It seems the claim of making music itself has become too rotted and contorted to even be used to describe the creative process of true musicians. As a band committed to the alchemic arch to the absolute, saying that Irontom makes music, it falls short. So what does Irontom do?
Irontom illustrates the silence.
The band, out of Malibu, California, is comprised of members Harry Hayes (lead vocals), Zach Irons (guitar), Dane Sandborg (bass), Dan Saslow (keys), and Dyl Williams (drums).
"We feel like we're progressing all the time," explains Irons. “We’re not worried about fitting in.”
They’re releasing three new singles depictive of this: The Minista, In the Day and the Dark, and Feel Good Inc. (a Gorillaz cover). The Minista is also their first music video. For this, they collaborated with David LeRoy Anderson, Academy Award winning makeup artist, whose past works includes Men In Black, Dawn Of The Dead, Star Trek: Into The Darkness, and FX’s current hit, American Horror Story: Freak Show. The video grasps the music with a surrealist aesthetic. It also features Charlie Sheen.
"The concept and the premise of the video was to be a Surrealist ball, and it’s heavily inspired by the art of Salvador Dalí and Magritte,” says Williams. “We had an amazing opportunity to collaborate with a great friend--David’s style and artistic vision captured our sound perfectly."
Sheen and Anderson aren’t the only heavyweights in the ring for Irontom. The three new singles are produced by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jack Irons of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. And no, it’s not a coincidence that the producer and the guitar player have the same last name. They’re father and son. Zach says, "My dad and I have been playing together since I was a young kid. It makes perfect sense for us to collaborate. Musically, we have a perfect understanding of each other.”
But Irontom doesn’t want to be defined by their ability to drop names. If you’ve seen them live, you know they don’t have to be. Irontom is a jet-fueled freak show. Irontom is rock and roll. Singer Hayes says, “See us live. You’ll see who we are.”
This band is homegrown, organic and eloquent in its vision. They recorded their music with Zach’s father, at Zach’s house. They directed, produced and edited their music video themselves. They don’t plan on waiting around for a big break. Irons says, “We will do whatever it takes to get our music to as many people as we can, on our terms.”
When asked about the meaning behind the name Irontom, Hayes laughed and repeated, “See us live. You’ll see who we are.”