The Unlikely Candidates & Irontom: The Midnight Love Tour

The Crocodile Presents:

The Unlikely Candidates & Irontom: The Midnight Love Tour

Mon, May 13, 2019

7:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$15 Adv.

This event is all ages

The Unlikely Candidates
The Unlikely Candidates
Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates are an indie rock band initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male in 2008. Eventually expanding the lineup to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard, the band was also able to expand its sound in bigger, more sweeping directions. In 2013, the band signed on with major-label Atlantic and released their debut EP, Follow My Feet. In early 2016, the Unlikely Candidates returned with a hooky new single in “You Love Could Start a War,” which made a strong showing on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.
Irontom
Irontom
All meaty, beaty, big and bouncy, IRONTOM set themselves apart from the pack by bringing pop clarity to a blend of ‘70s-inspired rock and twisted electronics. They introduced themselves with lead single “Be Bold Like Elijah,” from their 2017 debut album Partners, which was produced by AWOLNATION’s Aaron Bruno, and which influential music outlet Buzzbands praised as “a nod to 1970s shredders and latter-day electro-rockers.” The Los Angeles-based band celebrated the album’s release with an arena tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, followed by 2017 tours with alt rock newcomers Missio and new Canadian rock royalty Arkells. 2018 saw more touring with AWOLNATION and UK break out band Nothing But Thieves for IRONTOM, before the band released their new songs “Kid Midnight” & “Black Cat” this winter.

IRONTOM’s live show centers on the endlessly riveting interplay between vocalist Harry Hayes’s outrageous showmanship and guitarist Zach Irons’ fierce intensity. Both onstage and on record, the band gives off an infectious energy that comes from a brotherhood-like connection.
The band has been featured in live series from Audience Network (Directv), Baeble Music and Daytrotter Sessions, and their music has appeared in the Showtime series “Shameless.”


So what does Irontom do? Making music offers no promise of poetic justice in our postmodern wasteland. It seems the claim of making music itself has become too rotted and contorted to even be used to describe the creative process of true musicians. As a band committed to the alchemic arch to the absolute, saying that Irontom makes music, it falls short. So what does Irontom do?

Irontom illustrates the silence.

The band, out of Malibu, California, is comprised of members Harry Hayes (lead vocals), Zach Irons (guitar), Dane Sandborg (bass), Dan Saslow (keys), and Dyl Williams (drums).

"We feel like we're progressing all the time," explains Irons. "We're not worried about fitting in."

They're releasing three new singles depictive of this: The Minista, In the Day and the Dark, and Feel Good Inc. (a Gorillaz cover). The Minista is also their first music video. For this, they collaborated with David LeRoy Anderson, Academy Award winning makeup artist, whose past works includes Men In Black, Dawn Of The Dead, Star Trek: Into The Darkness, and FX's current hit, American Horror Story: Freak Show. The video grasps the music with a surrealist aesthetic. It also features Charlie Sheen.

"The concept and the premise of the video was to be a Surrealist ball, and it's heavily inspired by the art of Salvador Dalí and Magritte," says Williams. "We had an amazing opportunity to collaborate with a great friend--David's style and artistic vision captured our sound perfectly."

Sheen and Anderson aren't the only heavyweights in the ring for Irontom. The three new singles are produced by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jack Irons of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. And no, it's not a coincidence that the producer and the guitar player have the same last name. They're father and son. Zach says, "My dad and I have been playing together since I was a young kid. It makes perfect sense for us to collaborate. Musically, we have a perfect understanding of each other."

But Irontom doesn't want to be defined by their ability to drop names. If you've seen them live, you know they don't have to be. Irontom is a jet-fueled freak show. Irontom is rock and roll. Singer Hayes says, "See us live. You'll see who we are."

This band is homegrown, organic and eloquent in its vision. They recorded their music with Zach's father, at Zach's house. They directed, produced and edited their music video themselves. They don't plan on waiting around for a big break. Irons says, "We will do whatever it takes to get our music to as many people as we can, on our terms."

When asked about the meaning behind the name Irontom, Hayes laughed and repeated, "See us live. You'll see who we are."
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/