Great day Everyone!

I’m back to attack your screen with some interesting things I have seen, or heard, either way. Without delay, I’ll cut to the chase. Brace yourselves for an adventure beyond space and time. Why rhyme? I don’t know.

I had the glorious honour to interview one of the most influential South-African progressive rock bands (my opinion) in our generation.

I was 20 years old, Tings & Times still existed in Hatfield. A couple of friends kidnapped me to come see this band. At first, I was sceptical. My procrastination skills seemed more important at the time. I arrived angry and I really didn’t want to be there. A punk band played and the overwhelming screeching made it hard to make out what the gentleman was saying. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed to see them leave the stage. I swallowed all my disheartened emotions when the lights dimmed.

Four silhouettes emerged from the dark followed with intriguing synths. Immediately I had to give my undivided attention. A beautiful light display with angelic lyrics. The bass line took me on a seaside walk whilst it was like the drums regulated my heartbeat.

Long story short, Iso had me at hello!

I had to attend every show religiously.

Coming back from the States earlier this year I was sceptical after hearing a new drummer arrived. A new flavour has been introduced and I could feel the synergy.

Progressive rock is based on fusions of styles, approaches, and genres. The individuals in Iso makes this prominent. Every member’s experiences, influences and styles deem as a perfect example. In layman’s terms pure art. The divide between formalism and eclecticism is met solidly in the middle which I feel not a lot of bands can achieve in this country.

They are unique and are in my opinion, in a league of their own.

Without further a due I bring to you a couple of questions I managed to compile. Recently Polydimention has been launched changing the way I see Iso entirely. It’s new, different, strong and I love every single moment of it. Here is what they had to say;

How did you guys come across the name Isochronous? PS. This has been killing me. What made you decide to shorten it?

The evolution of our band name has been influenced by our close fans that provided us with their interpretations of the music we naturally compose. The core name Isochronous as a combination of words  “iso” and “chronous”, both with Greek origin, identifies a state of existing at the same time. It means to articulate a phenomenon occurring as a multitude under a uniformity in time. This interplay of existence and time provided us with many suitable musical metaphors, where a sense of time signature may also occur in a state of Isochronous. As you might be experiencing this whole nomenclature and resulting identity as quite technically involved process, we chose to provide an alternative shortened name: Iso.

What bands would you consider as being or having been the main influences in Iso?

In the early stages, we shared more common interests and influence from international bands such as Mew, Sigur Rós, Mars Volta, Circa Survive,, Dream Theatre, Muse, Coldplay, The Police, Pearl Jam, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins and plenty Led Zeppelin among others, then there were particular instrumentalists and artists whom we have all admired such as: Denis Chambers, Greg Howe, Victor Wooten, Jeff Buckley, Jordan Rudess and we have lots of time for classical music of both the romantic, and impressionistic era. Subsequently, we have varying interests in particular music styles, and as a result of this, we cover an arguably large area of musical influence including anything that allows us to continue a progressive approach with what is naturally already in the melting pot.

How has the band progressed since the first album mentally and musically?

The journey began in 2006… ten years from this interview, so it’s fair to say that a number of occurrences, experiences, and adventures have consequently shaped our current state of mind. Initially, in a band, there is a sense of virgin innocence and determination for a specific musical style to be received by the audience and market.

This momentum is where most grab the offerings in market exposure and experience, not without funds, but the incentive of sharing creative work can easily outweigh a monetary hunger. With time, a lifestyle chrysalises in which the opportunities for sharing become connected with all the previous milestones and products.

The expectation of those who continually engage with the creative work and aesthetic position, fluctuate in and out of mind, although the true creative incentive never truly dissipates. The quest for qualitative standards continue to collectively make the band tighter together and more functional as a unit.

You guys always refer to your music as a journey, giving it a “timeless” aspect. How would you describe Polydimention?

Our latest album, Polydimension, is the introduction of a musical and conceptual rebirth. In the music is displayed a collective sound from previous characteristics, yet the new drummer and further experienced members contribute a fresh perspective by incorporating previously unexplored musical devices rhythmically, melodically and harmonically.

Your new music video is coming out November 24th, what can fans expect? (without giving away any spoilers)

Off this latest album, a song titled State of Blue, was chosen to initiate a narrative within our fictional world. In this music video, an enticing sequence of events serve as the beginning chapters of an unfolding tale, taking place in the far distant universe.

How has the absence of Marko and the arrival of Nic changed the dynamic of the band and sound?

Changing core members is like having major surgery. For the interim, there is a dormancy in the activities of the body, but upon growing accustom, to the replacement “limb” or “organ” the body experiences an over all upgrade. The members all attribute the sonic aesthetics in a uniform manner, and we intend to enjoy serving the compositions and sharing the exposure with our audience. Perhaps before we would seek a specific behavior from a certain group.

Was it easy to acclimate with the band, Nic?

Yeah, it wasn’t too difficult to get into the swing of things, although I was fortunate enough to have had a decent amount of mischievous evenings with the lads before me joining was even a twinkle in Franco’s left eye.

Now it’s all good, the love runs deep and the music flows!

On a onesmallseedtv. interview you once mentioned that you see the stage as a symmetrical frame and that you try and choreograph your movements along with the light show. Is lighting an important factor in an ISO live show?

Franco: Yes, there is an importance in lighting for a large scale Iso performance. The stage usually has a framing with which it displays the acts respectively. When we were younger, it was more important to occupy the full frame with elaborate movements (which still occur instinctively ;). I have personally grown more fond of the musicians “pose” which prioritizes the execution of the music at hand, rather than the erratic windmill head-banging of my childhood.

According to the Iso website, the Keys wasn’t your first instrument. Drums and guitar were your initial mistresses. Do you still say Hi from time to time or have you grown accustomed to the black and whites?

Alex: I still love to pay guitar and drums. I have a band with my wife (Academie) where I play drums and I teach guitar so I spend quite a lot of time on those instruments. I’ve always been interested in the rhythm section and what it has to offer. I’ve also been chancing my arm at a bit of bass guitar and accordion. But you know what they say; Jack of all trades, master of none!

I found the piano to be an excellent tool for understanding harmony and composition, and so started to take it more seriously in 2006. Plus that was the only space open in the band and I really wanted to play with the guys so I figured why not.

I believe you have quite the soft spot for jazz music, Richard? Who do you think would have won a thumb war between BB. King and Miles Davis?And why?

BB King. Have you seen that guy? His thumb is probably as big as Miles’ hand.

Want to get your fix!? Never heard of them before? Like their Facebook page, it will keep you updated with the latest tour dates and exciting news. Be sure to attend a show if you are fond of the combination of poetry and art.

It truly has been a pleasure and an honour to have a chat with you guys and I will be sure to see you soon.

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Be happy, be inspired
Kyle from Die Masjiene

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