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Modern heavy bands stay interesting not by hashing and rehashing familiar tropes, but by throwing curveballs: Greensboro, NC’s Irata is such a band. While the tricky riffing and circular phrases suggest mathy- post-rock a la Don Caballero, there’s also hard rock and 90s alt-radio accessibility – replete with impassioned Perry Farrell-reminiscent vocal howls. This isn’t metal and this isn’t traditional rock. Rather, it’s a hybrid that borrows standout elements from both.
The ex-instrumental duo has gone through several lineups since forming in 2008. Now, as the drum and bass duo of Jason Ward and Jon Case – with Ward pulling double duty on synths and both members singing – Irata is that birthing star that sheds its outer layers to live on as a dangerous, dense, and super-heavy core. After all, it’s Case and Ward’s precise rhythmic lockstep that has always driven the band through serpentine melodies and pounding hard-Kraut. Couple that with the incredible, reckless passion and nearly celebratory energy of Irata’s live show, and you have a curveball worth catching.
New EP "Vultures" out Release date Nov 1st. 2012! (Produced by Phillip Cope from Kylesa