Monday, June 19, 2006


ALBUM: In Sunday Songs
FILE UNDER: Indie / Alternative / Rock
INFO: The iOs, whose names refers to the interplay of ones and zeros of the digital age, turn out catchy pop music that balances shimmering synth sounds of Proemms keyboard and voice with forceful guitar and vocals from Punsalan. Before they came together personally and professionally, Punsalan learned guitar from his father in the Philippines. Meanwhile, in upstate New York, Proemm cut her musical teeth on clarinet and piano. After forming the band in 2005, they enlisted experienced bass player CJ Amodeo, to add color to the chord progressions. California-born Chris Brocco came on board as the resident Renaissance man, moving from drums to guitar to keyboards and back to guitar again. The current configuration, including Paul Mauceris powerful, precise drumming, has won the admiration of the Village Voice, pairing their bright synth washes with skuzzy guitars to catchy effect, and fans from San Francisco and Los Angeles to New York. Acknowledging the bands 80s era influence and its male/female rapport, the New York Press termed them a lush, new-wave, indie-pop, boy-girl group.
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