Playing with intelligent lyrics

2013-04-19 00:00

Richard Brokensha, vocalist and guitarist of ISO, took five minutes out of his band meeting to talk to Alexandra Patrick about the band’s gig in Durban tonight...

What can we expect from you in Durban?

We are keen to play at Live — The Venue, which is a much more intimate space. So you can expect high energy and lots of sweat on the stage. We will be there promoting the band’s new album, Piece by Piece. We expect to have a big party after that.

I first saw you on stage as Isochronous. You sound like a different band today.

We have gone through so many different stages as a band, and with music and different musical genres. We are not a band that just sticks to one sound — we evolve. We started out as progressive rock, we then went acoustic, then our sound was more electric-progressive meets pop, and now we’re electric pop.

I have heard your sound being described as “smart pop”, what do you mean by this?

[Laughs] I did not say that. No, I guess that suits the music well. I think the “smart” refers to the technical elements, because we explore strange rhythms and interesting chords in our music. I think, as we are professional musicians, we refer to our music as “smart pop” because we play real pop. Pop music is often just bad riffs and automated sounds. We make an effort to play real music, with intelligent rhythm and lyrics for an intelligent audience.

What is your signature sound?

I like to think it’s the electronic sound and a voice that is unique.

Why did you decide to change your name to just ISO?

It had a lot to do with the new album, which we released in September last year. We had a new sound and decided to abbreviate the name to symbolise a new start.

• ISO will be performing at Live — The Venue, 166 Stamford Hill Road, Durban, on April 19. Doors open at 8 pm. Tickets cost R70. No under 18s. Inquiries: 082 967 2179.

• Alexandra.Patrick@witness.

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