CORE OF iO (from l-r): Bob Tett (vocals/guitar), Luke Stenlake (guitar), Gareth Sidwell (guitar), Richard Carter (drums)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Core Of iO are a progressive rock/metal four-piece, hailing from southern England.
Since their formation in 2014, the outfit have established themselves on the British underground scene, earning him praise for their layered and technical sound, taken from a diverse range of influences.
With two well-received EPs already, they are about to release a third, which should accelerate their rapid rise even further.
Here’s what the quartet what to say:
How did the band get together initially?
Bob and Luke both went to the same university, and hooked up to write some songs, we found Gareth shortly after who grew up in the same area as Luke, and spent years looking for a drummer who wasn’t a flake, then we found Rich, done!
How did the name Core Of iO come about?
Bob’s a space geek and he was watching a documentary about the planets and learnt about io, the most geologically active body in the known universe. We thought: “That’s a cool name!” and we realised we could brand and design releases around it.
In your own words, how would you describe your sound?
We would describe it as an intense kaleidoscope, as opposed to a beautiful sunset.
What influences the band musically?
We’re all influenced differently, with Bob, it ranges from NOFX to Pearl Jam, with Luke, Land of Talk to The Dillinger Escape Plan, with Gareth, Mr Bungle to Converge, and with Richard, Tigran Hamasyan to Car Bomb.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
It doesn’t matter where the initial idea comes from, there’s a lot of back and forth between people, we spend a long time tweaking and refining things both structurally and dynamically.
Some songs come together really quickly, some are more time consuming, there is always a stream of things we are working on.
The band has a new EP, ‘Part III: Ganymede’, out later this month. How has the recording process been?
We worked with Paul Winstanley again, every time we work with him, we get an
excellent job done, and Bob has said he will never record vocals without him there!
What can we expect from the EP?
Three songs, our most complex and concise effort yet.
How is it for you playing live and touring?
It’s a joy for us playing live and touring, our recent tour took us places we’ve never been, we’ve always had the attitude of playing any stage given to us and giving everything to it, because at the end of the day, we are a live band.
What else does the band have planned for 2017?
There will be another EP release this year with ‘Part II: Europa’ planned for November, we’re also playing the Breaking Bands Festival in Worcestershire in May, and a couple of other cheeky bits and pieces in the pipeline!
What is your long-term aim?
Bob would like to specifically play Download at least twice and tour with the Foo Fighters (because someone’s got to)! An obvious answer to this is to have a long career as a band and continually improve and grow with what we are doing.
CORE OF iO’S NEW EP ‘PART III: GANYMEDE’ WILL BE RELEASED LATER IN FEBRUARY.
FOR MORE INFO ON THE BAND, CHECK OUT OUR RECENT NEWS ARTICLE ON THEM: https://muzakreview.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/core-of-io-drop-new-video/