The Iron Heart is making waves in the Rock Scene. Formed in 2013 this hard hitting rock trio has already made quite the name for themselves. Recently announcing a time slot at this years Bottle Rock Festival, The Iron Heart is sure to turn heads in 2015. We interviewed Thomas of TIH to get an in depth look at their latest work, and history as a group.
Entertwine: What experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your debut album “V”? Could you walk us through each of the featured tracks?
The events leading up to “V” just so happened to be almost pure luck and the steps of which, we are sure, could never be duplicated by us again. We, through mutual friends, met a guitar collector who had a private studio. He gave free time at the studio but asked we bring our own Engineer. After a few calls we found a great Engineer who said she was into it. We began tracking and soon after she said she had some great Producer contacts that were already interested in working with us. That led us to Producer Jason Carmer (The Donnas, Molotov, Third Eye Blind). We, right then, abandoned those tracks and started up clean with Jason at his studio. Four months later the “V” ep was mixed, mastered and ready to go. Woman, the “single” from V was the only song that wasn’t changed in any way from when we brought it in. Funny enough, that song was actually about the very first person that put us in contact with the guitar collector (and now our dear friend). Kind of a “full-circle” thing.
What is it like living in Napa, California? What is the music scene of Napa like?
Living in Napa is actually just like what I would imagine people who don’t live here think it would be like. Does that make sense? It’s beautiful, there is a lot of wine and we all grew up running around in vineyards. In terms of the music scene – it’s really just starting to get some traction. The Uptown Theatre (capacity 850) is a new thing for Napa. They have national touring acts come through and The Iron Heart has had the privilege to play it a coupe times. City Winery is also a new addition to Napa. It’s a really fun venue. It holds about 400 and we have a great relationship with them. They say if we can bring the people – then we can come back. Thank goodness we’ve been able to hold our own in our hometown. Finally, small independent bands and shows are starting to sprout up. For example The Slack Collective, an artist co-op has been doing a great job of putting on shows with some really cool bands.
What can you tell us about your upcoming release “Misophonia”? What was it like recording on the Neve at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studio?
We just released the 3 song “mini album” Misophonia. We call it a “mini album” as we plan to release 3 more “mini albums” that once combined with the others will become our first full-length release – titled Salon Des Refuses. We had the honor of recording Misophonia at Dave Grohl’s private recording facility – Studio 606 which houses the famous Neve console from Dave’s documentary Sound City. The experience we had was hands down one the coolest things we’ve ever done in our lifetime. We put a small video together of the studio and our experience that can be found on YouTube. I would suggest searching “Studio 606 The Iron Heart”.
Could you tell us about your performances at City Winery in Napa and The New Parish in Oakland?
City Winery has been great to us. A local venue that has a great vibe and an amazing staff. The New Parish is a really cool club in Oakland that we played with our buds in BullyWest.
Aside from your two upcoming performances in January what does 2015 hold in store for The Iron Heart?
2015 is already gearing up to be a great year. It was just announced that The Iron Heart will be performing at this years Bottle Rock festival with Imagine Dragons, No Doubt and Capitol Cities (just to name a few). We are beginning the recoding of our second mini album in February and planning to tour this summer. Lot’s of exciting stuff for The Iron Heart.
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