Greensboro, North Carolina-based heavy rock unit.
Since its 2007 genesis at the hands of founding members Ward and Jon Case (bass, vocals), IRATA has mutated restlessly, moving from its initial morphine-infused heavy fusion through math-y metal and finally to the soaring, technical heavy rock of its current approach. Over those dozen years, IRATA has made its presence known in metal and hard rock circles throughout the Southeast and beyond. Thanks to its growth from a trio with guitarist Cheryl Manner to a four-piece with the addition of guitarist Owen Burd, IRATA is evolving yet again. With Burd’s talents on guitar, vocals, and trumpet added to what had already felt like a complete equation, IRATA is pushing itself to new vocal and instrumental heights. Accordingly, its upcoming LP Tower applies impressive musicianship and complex textures to increasingly approachable tunes that teeter between hard rock and prog-metal. It’s like the sports car version of Don Caballero. Fans of Jane’s Addiction, Mastodon, Kylesa, Helms Alee, Sandrider, All Them Witches, and King Buffalo pay heed.
Relays Ward of the record’s opening title track, “We started writing the song ‘Tower’ with what is now the opening riff. The first verse was written with this riff replaying through my head while on a fishing trip with my kids and family off the coast of North Carolina. We were heading to a popular fishing and diving spot called The Tower. The Tower is an old weather station that stands at the end of Frying Pan Shoals about thirty miles out, right before the ocean floor drops off. It was a sunny day but the ocean was very rough and it was cold. This trip inspired the song.
“One theme to the song,” he continues, “is about the continuation of life after a catastrophic or seemingly catastrophic event and the blind faith some put in others to keep them safe through those events. Then the realization that the ones that are supposed to keep you safe really have no control either. If the ship is really going down, then it is going down and there is little to nothing anyone can do about it. Life will go on.”
- Tower (MP3) May 24th 2019 via Small Stone Records. Earsplit