Adelaide band, iiah is a post-rock outfit, playing at Vision Festival later this month—adding to the already incredible lineup. Imagine a fusion of Sleep Makes Waves and Sigur Ros—dreamy, right? Well, you have Tim Day (vocals, keyboards), Matthew Stedman (drums, percussion), Ben Twartz (guitar, vocals), Nick Rivett (guitar) and Luke Lendrum (bass, vocals). They’ve only been on the scene for the past few years and have already made an impression.
Tim chats to TEO about emotive music, the band’s sophomore EP and writing songs for the music, not the lyrics.
TEO: Your music has this sweet tone to it, and feels like it’s full of feelings. Would you say your music is infused emotion?
Tim: Yeah, when I listen to music, I’m only there for the emotional connection. Whether it makes you feel happy and [feel like] dancing, or anything else, it’s fairly emotive. We don’t really write lyrics with the music—that comes after—we try to get meaning from the music.
Your sophomore EP is set for release later this year, how’s it going so far?
We have a couple of songs done! This year, we’re recording with Wizard Tone Records—they’re moving so we’re waiting till they’re back up and running so we can get back in there. So we’re not on a timeframe, but expect it by the end of the year, for sure.
Can you tell us a bit about the single ‘Voyagers’?
We started taking a lot more time with writing the songs and trying to put more direction into them, and that song is about the band’s process.
Well, the title makes sense!
Yeah, definitely. We love writing the lyrics and putting meaning to it, but we leave a fair bit of interpretation up to listeners; if they want to find different meanings in it, that’s totally cool.
As a post-rock band, your music is very experimental. What bands inspire you?
Oh, I think we got into the genre through bands like Sigur Ros, Explosions In The Sky and God Is An Astronaut. And probably Tool—they’re one of the first prog bands we listened to. But we were all listening to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis and a lot of ’70s and ’80s prog. We love that stuff but it’s probably a bit above us—post-rock is a nice medium!
You’ve got Vision Festival booked in.
Vision Fest and our EP. One of the guys is overseas and he gets back like two days before Vision Fest, so we’ll be practicing for those few days. We’ve still got a couple more songs to write for the EP, so we’ll just concentrate on that and see what happens!
Catch the guys at Vision Fest this month! Tickets available at Moshtix.
Find out more about Vision Festival here.
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