With Kevin Connelly – Singer, lyricist, songwriter for Iron Age Mystic
Tell us about the history of the band?
IAM started off as a humble writing project to which I assigned zero expectations. After a few months of getting together twice a week, writing songs live-off-the-floor, I swear I heard a ‘click.’ Some chemistry took over and I knew we had to take it to the next level. Despite being involved in several other excellent projects now and at the time, IAM became the one that I was and am the most passionate about.
How would you describe your music?
I’ll give you an example of how people are describing our music.
“Kickass rock ‘n roll in the truest and dirtiest tradition. Where strains redolent of Creedence, Aerosmith & U2 collide with a band of conscious revolutionaries. Just the right kind of original angry…at the right time of epochal shift!” Sacha Stone / Founder Humanitad
That sums it up about as well as I ever could
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
This varies depending on the guy in the project you’re talking to. For myself, lyrical influences were Rage Against The Machine, Living Color, the alternative news media, and to a lesser extent, NIN. As far as the music goes, I was listening to a lot of Alice In Chains, Queens Of The Stone Age and NIN at the time.
What record are you currently listening to?
A double disk of Rachmaninoff piano concertos. Yes, I’m serious
What is your favourite song to perform live?
It would probably be “What Ya Gonna Do About It?” but we’ve never performed it live. As of today my choice would be “You’ve Got The Power.” It’s the song that never fails to grab them by the heart.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
No, no, no, I can’t answer this! I have so many dream tours rolling around in my mind, I’d have to write a telephone book (remember those?) worth of text. I declare foul, this is an unfair question
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
While on tour with New Regime, I failed to make the morning ‘road call’ so those bastards (I say that with love) left me stranded in Winnipeg. I had to make my own way to the next city for the gig
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
I was afraid you’d ask me that question. On the corporate side, it’s a meat mill. Shallow, vacuous, ridiculously decadent, overfunded and meaningless
On the indie side, it’s polluted with amateur garbage that nobody in her or his right mind would ever want to listen to unless they were looking for a laugh. The result being is that you can’t find anything now and real.
1 million YouTube views of some jack-ass making a fool of himself crowing off David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ in his bedroom? Need I say more?
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
Do it for the love of your budding craft and never stop doing it. It’ll help keep you sane in an ever increasingly insane world
What are your future plans?
To start playing live as of late May. Maybe get back into the studio this fall. That’s about as far as I can see down the road right now. After that, let the cards fall where they may…