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Ian James / Press

“ IAN JAMES Grand Delusions 10 tracks It would be fitting to describe Lowell native Ian James as an anti-conformist in that he is going to do what he wants to do, however exotic to listeners, a characteristic that is hugely commendable. The self-proclaimed “bastard child of Jimi Hendrix and Boba Fett” is experimentation personified, and Grand Delusions finds James coming out from behind the curtain of his instrumental work to further push the musical boundaries while challenging our preconceived notions, one track at a time. It is here that the one-man-band and producer showcases a voice and guitar full of personality and grit amid a gripping, raw arrangement of sound and effect that is at times reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand and Interpol (“In Your Spell,” “Alone and Grey,” “Living High and Running Fast”). This is a record that screams confidence, and it is refreshing to witness an artist creating purely for the sake of creating. (Julia R. DeStefano)”

“Lowell, Massachusetts citizen Ian James will not start the next revolution with his new solo effort called Human Casualty. He will however stand firmly on the barricade with balled fists proclaiming his love for artistry and artisan music. As a solo artist and one man band he expertly navigates the dangers that such an endeavor usually entails. It quickly envelops the mind and throws the listener back through time when the magical Wall of Voodoo paved the way for acts such as The Cure. But he never goes the new wave route; he stays on the psychedelic rock road that uses guitars as weapons and words with deadly precision. He means what he sings and he sings what he feels that needs to be sung. After a few spins the rhythm box becomes the hypnotic lizard nod in your brainstem and his voice the tongue that licks your cerebellum…”

“Like self-reflection via experimental art Ian James is back with a vengeance. Perhaps I’ve been consumed by his raw purity or perhaps I’ve just fallen into a Human Casualty, but James’ latest release is the basis for inspiration. His ability to constantly grind out new sounds while riding closely to the basics crafts a contradiction of complexity via simplicity. James is not some unknown Grammy Award waiting to happen. We established this months ago, yet he keeps on driving forward. Ian James is the musician’s musician. He is everything Clear Channel will not play. He is the guy who, years from now will be acknowledged as an influence of some mainstream success to which everyone will run out and collect his tracks claiming they knew of him when. Ian James embodies experimental rock with enough tenacity to maintain a grasp on reality and he is sure to turn a few heads. Human Casualty is audio ipecac; it will cleanse you of the toxins you've been stomaching all these years.”

“As the self-proclaimed “Bastard-Child of Jimi Hendrix and Boba Fett,” Lowell, Massachusetts’ beaming beacon of originality comes in the form of rock experimentalist Ian James. His raw, sometimes minimalistic sound is sure to deter the non-believers, perhaps even frighten them. But for those who can see beyond the Top 40 charts, there is a gem in the rough here, longing to be uncovered. James’ release, Grand Delusions, will pick you up, move you to the edge of your seat, test your audible fortitude and dunk you in a baptism of honest experimentation. Grand Delusions casts a haze of anti-conformity upon music with its release. Not in a rebellious, anti-social DAMN THE MAN, kind of way, but more of an “I’m going to do what I’m going to do” fashion. For that, I applaud it. From “Bleached In Sunshine” through “Heavens Gate” James stays well within his sound and outside of easy. Instrumentally, the array of sounds is sure to please. Ranging from funky rock to electron”

“he email included two tracks for me to check out so I am doing so. First out of the trap is “In Your Spell” It kicks off with a worrying drum machine sound but quickly settles down and becomes quite believable. My immediate thought was of a sort of revved up Beach Boys but, within a few bars, I dispelled that thought and began to sense that Ian has not quite grown out of the eighties post punk goth era. This tracks puts one in mind of The Cult, “She Sells Sanctuary”, for example. (not a bad thing of course) Ian James. Photo from his facebook page. I played it on my computer speakers for a change (instead of headphones) and asked my wife what she thought of it. She is ten years younger than me, so was a child of the eighties. She said she felt as though thought she ought to know it. As though it was some sort of band that she knew of back in the late eighties but had just forgotten about. She is also about the same age as Ian so that makes perfect sense. Ian describes himself a”

“Ian James Music I had some music sent my way and never had a chance to take a listen. Hooray, for now I do! Ian James has a sound that makes me think of 80s alternative, yet there is a noticeable synth sound in there that breaks away from the genre. He cites Hendrix as a heavy influence, but I gladly found that this didn’t mean for the songs to just sound off as psychedelic solos ripped from Are You Experience. The sound has evolved to something different that can stand on its own. You can find his Facebook page here, and I appreciate the Boba Fett reference (I am just a sucker for a Star Wars reference, always, I know). The album Grand Delusions was released in July on Blue FX Records, and you can hear the track ‘All for Nothing’ on FNX! The newest album by James is a set of ten songs in the rock/alternative/indie genre, recorded in Lowell, MA. You can check out the album, available on iTunes, via the site above. In addition, signing up for the e-mail list will snag you a free t”

“Ian James Grand Delusions The first track on Grand Delusions is an instrumental, “Bleached in Sunshine.” It has a nice 80’s feel that makes me think of some of the instrumentals that The Cure did. On the second track, “All for Nothing” we are introduced to Ian’s vocals. I think they are similar to Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. Maybe there is a deeper connection than just a shared first name? The CD takes a detour into the 60’s for “What am I Gonna Do?” While not wanting to compare Ian to the Doors too much, I can say he catches the feel of a Doors song, while keeping his own sound. “Hold on to your Hat,” is another great instrumental song that whips up a frenzy of distorted bass with a couple of layers of guitars expanding on a catchy motif. “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait,” has an early punk sound to it. The engaging guitar riff is doubled by the vocals. It has a nice groove to it. Grand Delusion has a few quirky production issues..... read whole review f”

“This record could almost be amazing. It is sort of like a 1980’s new wave band. It falls short. The music is interesting, but the song writing is not quite there. All of the vocals are monotone. There are moments of the album where I start to get excited and think I could love this record. The first 30 to 40 seconds of “what am I going to do” starts out great. The song however takes a turn for the worse shortly after the stellar intro.The record was recorded in Ian James’ home studio all alone, solo. I would be interested to see what Ian could do with the help of some input. The music is crazy good up to a point, and then looses it. With a little help Ian James could release an amazing album. “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait” is another song that I am excited at the start, but as the song progresses, I again get disappointed. I look forward to Ian James releasing his next album, as I know this guy has it in him to do a superior record.”