Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Kevin Connelly of Iron Age Mystics.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
CONNELLY: 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.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
CONNELLY: This varies depending on the guy in the project you’re talking to. For myself, lyrical influences were Rage Against The Machine, Living Colour, 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.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
CONNELLY: Our latest release is our debut album parceled out monthly in four sections. I’ve dubbed it “The 4 Peace Digital Release”. The song of emphasis in Part 1 is “Save It For The Revolution”. Why should readers check it out? In my opinion IAM has managed to skillfully combine the raw energy of hard song with lyrics that beckon to the human conscience—the deep desire for personal and social change—while still, for the most part, remaining hopeful. I’m not saying that we will be everybody’s thing ‘cause the songs definitely call the listener to actually listen.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
CONNELLY: The updated, expanded version of IAM is stacked with some of the best players Torontohas to offer. That says a lot ‘cause Toronto is overrun with talented musicians. I’ve been a frontman for a very long time and have a knack for putting on a very engaging and entertaining performance. Our shows so far have been, oh, I’ll just say ‘virulently electric’.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
CONNELLY: I don’t. I take it day-by-day and let the future unfold. Making an album with this high a production standard is expensive. I have a good name in the music industry here in Canada, particularly in Toronto, so I was able to pull a lot of ‘friendship favors’ from high-level professionals that helped keep the costs down. I’d like to see our fan base grow, sell more music, T-shirts, etc. so that the ends further justify the means. For now I’m just taking it one song, one gig at a time.