2007 – present (13 years)
IOEarth is a rock band that combines a number of styles, with an emphasis on progressive rock.
"An Eclectic Blend of Sound & Emotion"
The brainchild of long time friends and writing duo Dave Cureton and Adam Gough, IOEarth came into being as a challenge they gave themselves to write an album of music that was truly unique. That album exploded onto the progressive rock scene in 2009 and was instantly branded one of the most important releases of the decade.
Truly genre defying and impossible to categorise, IOEarth blended styles, ideas and emotions seamlessly into almost 100 minutes of music the likes of which had never been heard before. Starting with a seven minute piano and string piece entitled simply "Introduction", this debut album is set to surprise the listener with each new track. Immediately following the first piece is a guitar melody based tune reminiscent of Vai and Satriani, although the way in which Cureton approaches the performance sidesteps with ease the usual overplaying that can be found in any piece with such influences. The rest of the album continues on a journey of musical discovery, calling upon rock, jazz, dance, ambient, electronica, classical and other styles and blending them together into one cohesive and innovative whole.
Whether you are a fan of the power ballad, the guitar instrumental, ambient dance or orchestral pieces, there is something for you. Moreover, once you are pulled in, you'll begin to understand what Dave and Adam mean when they say that all styles and genres can contain interesting and provocative elements and you will find yourself enjoying even the pieces that are outside of your usual tastes.
With songs ranging from powerful rock ballads to ambient dance grooves, mashed up with sweeping orchestral soundscapes and elements of Jazz to name but a few, it seems that these two artists have perfected their unique ability to blend the most unusual groups of genres and produce something that somehow still makes sense and remains pleasing to the ear and true to their own sound. Every new track comes with a sense of curiosity and excitement, the likes of which you experience with very few acts. You experience first hand that curiosity and sense of fun in their creative process and are drawn into the music with a constant need to know where they are going next.
IOEarth are unique in the way that their listeners, dubbed the "IOEarth Family" are included in their work. After such a large and unexpected response to their debut album in 2009 - an album which they have said was written for themselves, in the belief that it would be "too weird" to gain a following - they realised that nothing is too weird for the world of Progressive Rock, which immediately embraced them and welcomed this new innovative style of composition.
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