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ISHI / Press

“Picking up where Brown left off and then turning it up to 11, Ishi proved that they are the band in Dallas to get bodies moving on the dance floor. The band’s electronic beats were just the thing to kick the party up a notch, and with lead singer John Mudd’s eccentric dance style and stage presence, it was hard to deny the desire to dance the year away, especially when Mudd put away his cane and donned his signature Indian chief headdress. Continuing a night of retro covers, Ishi’s female vocalist Becky Middleton performed an updated version of The Bangles “Walk Like An Egyptian” which was quite the crowd pleaser.”

“4. ”Disco Queen” (single) – Ishi: To call the beats of “Disco Queen” infectious is not enough. The track is downright contagious. You just gotta groove to the ‘70s inspired track. We’ll call it an electronic-infused dance epidemic that gets better with each listen. Play this track when you are ready to get the party started.”

“Ishi, the brainchild of frontman John Mudd and producer Brad Dale, has been a Dallas mainstay for nearly four years at this point. Their records blend indie dance with touches of folk in an interesting way, but it’s their high-energy live set that has made them so popular in their hometown.”

“Granada Theater opened its doors promptly at 8 p.m. to about 600 anxious fans and made the announcement that Friendly Fires would not take the stage Wednesday night. And while that certainly pissed some people off, it in no way ruined the show. The show turned out to be free for newcomers, all presale ticket charges were refunded, and local dance-pop group ishi rocked the house with an almost two-hour set that encompassed nearly their whole catalog.”

“Local electro folk rockers Ishi was just one of the bands that drew out a large crowd to the 2nd annual Homegrown Music and Arts Festival in downtown this past Saturday. The band seemed to put a spell on the audience, creating a sea of shimmying shoulders and hips. The once raven-haired, now purple-tressed singer Taylor Rea also created art on festival-goers' faces (and other things.)”

“The garden then quickly filled in anticipation of the headlining acts. Ishi fans could be spotted with pastel-painted faces, in tribute to singer Taylor Rea's usual costume. Ishi's vibrant mix of electro beats and calm vocals attract fans like a bug to a light. John T. Mudd and Rea took it to another level: belly dancing, climbing on one another, and walking out into the crowd. The Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian” proved successful with the fawning audience, inciting even more belly dancing from Rea. The crowd seemed to enjoy the sincerity of the fun-loving band. The massively popular single, “Pastel Lights,” ignited more excitement than we thought possible.”

“For the past 8 to 9 months, local radio station Edge 102.1 has sponsored a contest to find a local band to open their Edge Fest 2010 festival and rub shoulders with such luminaries as Phoenix, Deftones, and ... Limp Bizkit. The contest culminated with a concert at Trees Thursday night, and the last band standing was Dallas’ electro-pop act Ishi. After they were announced as the winners, Ishi took a few moments to speak to Pegasus News to tell us more about the band and what winning this contest means to them.”

“DALLAS — It feels like Ishi came out of nowhere. The Dallas-based dance-pop band has vaulted to the top of the local music food chain, winning radio contests, legitimately vying for a spot at Bonnaroo, and becoming a huge local concert draw – all seemingly overnight. But they’ve actually been honing their sound for a couple of years now, working over John Mudd’s folk songs with Brad Dale’s programming, eventually creating what they call “electro-folk.” Their debut album Through the Trees shows the still-ripening fruits of those efforts.”

“Last Night: Neon Indian, Ishi, Fizzy Dino Pop and Yeahdef at the Granada Theater. True, the almost at-capacity crowd was primarily there to see the glitter of Alan Palomo and his Neon Indian stage show, but the exposure that Ishi received can't hurt this young band on the rise. Vocalists Taylor Rea and John Mudd combine perfectly as their sultry voices and high energy on stage are the perfect cherry on top of a sound that borrows as much from the swooping basslines of dubstep and drum & bass music as it does from 1980s dance with its synths and robot sounds. "Pastel Lights" served as the band's high-point as the crowd erupted into a dance craze that included one of the first attempts at crowd-surfing seen by this reviewer far too long. And the band also threw in a killer rendition of The Bangles' 1986 No. 1 hit, "Walk Like an Egyptian." ”

“Following Hoyotoho’s performance were rising local stars Ishi. It has been a while since the band has been gigging heavily, and it was apparent at the show Saturday night. The wait for Ishi to take the stage was a long one since they had to set up more lighting than usual. Four tall rectangular screens were placed behind the band, and light would hit the screens from a projector that was attached to a computer placed in the crowd. The light was then manipulated to spell the band's name on the four screens – the reason why it took so long for Ishi to take the stage. ”

“Let it be known — I did not want to go to this show. Not because I didn’t like the show’s head­lin­ers, Ishi, or because I wasn’t intrigued by the show’s open­ers, Romp Almighty. Frankly, after seeing Ishi at least four times prior, I thought they wouldn’t have much more to offer, and with Dal­las Fam­ily Band reg­u­lars The Beaten Sea & Fox and the Bird play­ing downtown, there were other shows to see! But, the appeal of an Ishi show set against the grand views offered by the Bel­mont Hotel and a lit­tle toe dip­pin in the pool proved too much to resist. We arrived as come­dian Chris Tellez was fin­ish­ing his bit. And I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for show­ing up late and refrain from a full review.”

"17. Ishi Through the Trees (Make It Records) Ask Ishi what kind of music they make, and they'll gladly claim the title of "folktronic," which is fine if you want to describe the second (and pretty boring) half of the debut release from this set of impressive live performers. There are elements of that "folktronic" sound—acoustic guitar adornments, mainly—in Through the Trees' first half, but they're glossed over, thankfully, with hard-hitting bass, electric guitar riffs and irresistible synth lines. And that first half of the album is fairly undeniable (see: "Pastel Lights"), as co-vocalists John Mudd and Taylor Rea craft a sexual tension ripe for the times."

"Ishi Brings Water To A Futuristic Drought, In A Roundabout Way.Somehow stumbled across this edit of the 1986 film Solarbabies, set to a new track from local electro-pop outfit Ishi called "Pastel Lights"--which, for my money, is the best darn thing the band's released yet. Big thumbs up all around--the track, the video, all of it. Anyway, check it out. "

“The 15 Best Concerts of 2010: 9. Ishi at Trees for the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase Why: It was nuts to butts at Trees -- as packed as the storied Deep Ellum haunt's been since re-opening its doors -- and, though at max capacity, a line of eager showgoers still stretched out past the venue's front door, trying to catch a glimpse of Ishi's performance on this night. It was a perfect storm, really: Between the crowds that had come out for the DOMA showcase, Ishi's impossibly high buzz at that very moment, and Trees' unerring sound system, this show seemed destined to be the highlight of this incredibly fun event that also show displays from bigger names such as The Cool Kids, The Secret Machines, Lucero and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights. And it lived up to its hype, thanks to Ishi's infectious live display. Excerpt from review: "Ishi showed last night that the Dallas music scene is coming back. And, finally, people are actually paying attention."”

“The Best Songs in Dallas Music, 2009: Ishi and "Pastel Lights" Have Us Falling At No. 14: electro-dance scene, what with the explosion of electro-loving hipster-hoppers, the national successes of area act VEGA and Neon Indian, and the incredible promise showcased by local dance-inducing upstarts such as Fizzy Dino Pop and Darktown Strutters. But, of all of these outfits, perhaps none developed as loyal a following, or showcased a faster ascent, than Ishi.”

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