life as a psychedelic, multi-media group, IT is a
band with a colossal sound that shakes the bones
and, with a barrage of images, feeds the mind. Based
both in London England and Sault Ste. Marie Canada,
IT is part of a new movement in Progressive Rock
that includes such bands as Porcupine Tree and Nine
Inch Nails, among others. IT’s sound fuses the
classic melodies of prog rock’s past with a passion
and intensity usually only found in punk or metal
bands. Politics, religion, war and sexuality all
come under the Band’s lens for critical examination.
Lyrics are intelligent, challenging and occasionally
darkly humorous. The bottom line is that the IT
experience will inform your thinking, feelings and
memory long after the last notes have ended.
IT formed in 1994 when Nick Jackson recorded and
produced the Band’s first full-length album, The
Stranger Inside the Self. This was also when the
Band first began using multimedia during live shows
with the inclusion of short films playing behind the
group on stage. IT’s next album, Two Worlds, was
released in early January 1995, and that year also
saw IT appearing on the James Whale TV Show, a
television program highlighting new bands. Between
1996 and 1998, Nick built Spacehouse Studios in
London, a purpose built recording studio where the
Band has made every album since. The Band’s third
album, Over & Out, was released on June 21st 2002.
It was created as a concept with a story line and
was performed by IT live in its entirety accompanied
by projected visual montages created by Nick Jackson
using the technique of ‘Video Sampling’. Live actors
also played out one of the album’s main themes, the
‘live talk show’, in the single, Good Morning
America. The Band toured Great Britain and Canada
with Over and Out sharing live creative performances
with fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 2004 IT began to redefine itself as Band leader
Nick Jackson experimented with new images of sight
and sound that would inspire and challenge IT
members and audiences alike. They defined generally
and conceptually what the Band members as a group
have successfully actualized in IT’s fourth album,
Departure. Guitarist Andy Rowberry, who joined the
band after Over and Out, add’s the power and
strength of metal to this redefine IT.
Many guests also joined the recording of Departure,
coming from genres ranging from metal to bluegrass.
Although rooted in progressive music, IT knows no
boundaries in realizing ideas. For example, the
track Burn fuses country and metal into an unlikely
yet unforgettable synthesis. Stand Back is a melodic
pop song, while the single Killing Me, with its
double-kick attack is hard rock all the way. The
Album combines an audio CD with each track,
carefully crafted over the past 3 years, along with
IT’s first DVD including two music videos, a 30
minute documentary and several live tracks capturing
the Band’s high energy live sound and multi-media
Album: We're All In This Together (2017)
A commentary on the state of Britain in 2017.
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