IOTA has today released their new track titled ‘Sometimes’. A love letter to a comrade now gone, we get an appreciation for life via a musical poem and love letter to those we have lost and will lose. Life is short. And, to be honest, this song came at the right time for me, personally. Feeling my own mortality through stupid choices I’ve made while my life has handed me a new existence. that may sound confusing, but we’re all going through that very same thing. Just on different levels and through different circumstances.
The music makes the lyrics anthemic and the vocals give the lyrics the strife they need. This is how true musicians express themselves, and gain cathartic affirmation in the process.
Following up on the July release of their celebrated single ‘Take It’, supported by the likes of Classic Rock Magazine and BBC Radio 1, comes ‘Sometimes’, the latest single from Bristol-based rock five-piece IOTA, due for release August 26th 2022, taken from their upcoming EP due later this year.
After their formation in 2019, the band released their debut single ‘My Enemy’ to critical acclaim, which saw them championed by the likes of Classic Rock Magazine and Kerrang!, and quickly selling out shows in their hometown of Bristol as well as appearing on festival bills such as The Great Escape and 2000 Trees.
Just before the pandemic hit, vocalist Jodie Robinson set up a recording studio “through the urge to break out of mundane jobs and take creative control of our own music and time”, she reveals, with help from the rest of the band who clubbed together to help build the space. When lockdown did hit however, she had to move into the studio to be able to afford to keep it going, which more than paid off, with business now flourishing thanks to Bristol’s thriving music scene.
IOTA’s upcoming single Sometimes, taken from their upcoming second EP, was recorded at Bristol’s Humm Studios with Ben Johnson (Skindred, Chaouche) and Idles’ Lee Kiernan, mixed by Tom Hennessy, and mastered by Pete Maher (Pixies, Jack White, The Rolling Stones).
Sometimes feels tortured from start to finish. Vocalist Jodie delivers an exceptionally versatile vocal performance; emotively gritty in parts while ethereal and dreamy in others, whilst the band combines driving drums, distorted, synthy guitar tones and confessional lyrics to help spin the tale of a freak accident that could have changed everything.
Speaking about the single, vocalist Jodie Robinson states, “This song was written about a loved one after a freak accident that I witnessed. It really put everything into perspective and threw me into a realm of gratitude with a whole new found respect for having that person in my life. It’s a love letter to this person and a reminder to appreciate what you have before it’s too late.”