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The Izm / Press

“The IZM has long been one of Myrtle Beach’s most original and occasionally most “out there” rock bands. But despite a unique hard rock sound, a good local fanbase and sporadic runs of successful shows, the band — it’s core together for the past decade — has never quite found the time, money or opportunity to record a full album. Until now. With a win at Butter’s Pub Rock Fight in October, the band plans to use the free studio time it earned to put together its first full-length release later this year. In preparation for this trip to the studio the group has taken a typically unconventional approach to choosing the material it will record. This Saturday night, The IZM will take the stage at The Sound Hole for a show where the band will play all of the nearly 30 original songs it’s crafted over the years with intentions of letting its fans choose which tracks will be included on the album. ”

“October 28th was a great night toward the future of Myrtle Beach’s local music scene. Of course I am talking about the Finale of Butter’s pubs’ Friday Night Rock Fight! The fourth band to take the stage for the final battle was Myrtle Beach’s own, The IZM. The crowd went wild before the band even played a single note and it was easy to see why. These guys have an incredibly loyal fan base which was out in full force, and already sporting IZM tee’s. The power and energy brought by The IZM was felt by all, as the thunderous applause almost drowned out singer Jaesen Moore. Their set was incredible and completely appreciated. As predicted by the crowd’s chanting, The IZM was the band that took home the title as Winner’s of Rock Fight #1. They brought their “A” game which the judges seemingly responded to. Along with a giant check for $500.00 and a nice shiny trophy, the winning prize packet includes a recording deal and a featured article with The Homegrown Zine!”

“Butter’s Crowns The IzmIn a close finish on Oct. 28, The Izm prevailed over 18 bands competing in Butter’s Pub’s Rock Fight. The battle of the bands was held each Friday in the month of October at the Socastee bar and music venue. Promoter/musician Robbie Frye was pleased with the event, and pleased with the prize package, including $500 cash, recording time and promotional goods. He was also happy to see The Izm take first place. “They’re a great band,” said Frye. “They had a lot of energy and played off each other. Everybody was good, but I’m glad that shit’s over. Everybody got along, nobody choked, all the egos were left aside.”The win came as a shock to Jaesen Moore, lead vocalist for The Izm. “[We were surprised], believe you me,” said Moore, who has been with the band for four years. “We’re just a bunch of cats that try to make good music together. Maybe this exposure will get us some big gigs. Plus, the trophy is awesome."”

“Rock Fight has wrapped up it's first season with a deserving winnner. Once again, The Homegrown Zine gives us some great insight into how the evening went down. While all the bands put on a championship effort, local rock band The IZM took home the top prize. If you don't know anything about The IZM, ListenUp Myrtle Beach has a great write-up on the band ”

“THE IZM! Winners of the Myrtle Beach Rock Fight November 8, 2011 | Author ssmc The Rock Fight #1, at Butter’s Pub brought Myrtle’s best and most talented musicians to the stage. TreeHouse, Circles in Autumn, With Intent, The IZM, and Shamroc & DJ QP all proved their abilities to get the crowd moving. The bands where absolutely amazing and extremely talented. The vibes among the crowd and bands were great! This event just goes to show that the Myrtle Beach music scene is alive. The IZM won the competition with 135 out of 150 possible points. This band got on stage and ROCKED the house. Seriously. Congrats guys! You deserve it. ”

“Since regrouping in June, local hard rock outfit The IZM has been once again trying to make their mark on the local rock scene with shows at The Music Station, Island Bar Surfside, Stool Pigeons and a recent appearance at The Boathouse’s Boatin’ & Groovin’ Festival under their belts. The band, which consists of Jaesen Moore (vocals), Jason Woolley (Guitar), Merrill Weekley (Guitar), Matt Sellers (Bass) and Nadia Manigo (Drums), followed up these efforts recently by releasing some new recordings to go along with the new push toward playing out. Songs like “Sense” capture the essence of the band with Moore’s echo-y vocals and the band’s driving guitars and overall Tool-like vibe.”

Chris Mowder - Listenupmb.com

““The theme of [our music] is just the understanding that there’s more. Everything that they tell us, everything you see and you feel, there’s just more out there that you don’t even understand,” says Moore. “Essentially that’s the theme to get people open their minds about whatever it is I’m talking about and to get people to think.” Guided by this basic existential principle, The IZM has spent the better part of the past four years doing their best to breaking down the conventions of traditional rock music locally while also battling the balancing of jobs, families and music that so often plague area bands ”

“It was September of 2007 when, after 3 years of searching for a singer, the band Aneurysm, heard that Jaesen had moved back to Myrtle Beach. They gave him a CD and a short time later The IZM was born. With simple, powerful Music,poignant Lyrics, and a high energy Performance, you can easily tell The IZM is on a quest to expand the minds of those who choose to embrace. With the closing of the first chapter and their 100th Show Fiasco in August 2009, The IZM has achieved almost 30,000 Profile Views and 20,000 Total Plays on MySpace.com alone. They were nominated for two Myrtle Beach Grimmy Awards (Weekly Surge Magazine), Best Original Band, and Best Rock Performance. The Singer, Jaesen, won The Grimmy for Male Vocalist of the Year. In April 2009 The IZM, being the only Band out of 24 not from Charleston, SC, came in Second Place to Tenfifty in the Village Tavern March Madness Battle of the Bands.”

“Just wanted to give a quick rave about Jaesen Moore of The IZM who is still probably the best pure frontman Myrtle Beach has to offer. The former Weekly Surge Male Vocalist of the Year 2009 — as he's quick to point out — has the perfect blend of bravado and the slight bit of insanity it takes to make for truly great on stage antics.”

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