pretentious act arriving on the scene but, when it comes to the rock and rhythm duo IAMDYNAMITE, it would be safer to assume the
exact opposite. In truth, the choosing of the name might just be a perfect example of the band s playful and self effacing sense of
humor. At first listen it becomes clear, IAMDYNAMITE, with their thunderous beats and crunching power chords, are actually the antipretentious
and with American cynicism at an all time high, the timing of their arrival could not be more perfect.
IAMDYNAMITE are Christopher Martin (Guitar, Vox) and Chris Phillips (Drums/Vox). The high energy duo had been cutting their teeth
in the Detroit indie rock scene with their own unique sound that some have described as “2 guys that sound like 5.” In the Fall of 2011
the band set out on their first coast to coast tour.
Armed with a single guitar and basic drum kit, IAMDYNAMITE have quickly established themselves as a rock and roll force to be
reckoned with. The musicianship is solid, the tunes are irresistible and infectious and their energy on stage has been appropriately
described as "feverishly fun". The band's distinctive sound is influenced, in part, by what Drummer Chris Phillips calls "the power rock
of the 90s", while Guitarist/ Lead Vocalist Christopher Martin points to "strong melodies and lots of energy" as a primary focus for the
songwriting. Though some may assume a band made up of only two instruments might be rather limited, the big explosion of sound
they bring to the stage has inspired more than a few critics to observe, "IAMDYNAMITE are two guys who sound like five".
In 2008 IAMDYNAMITE caught the ears of uber producer Matt Noveskey, which eventually led to Noveskey producing the band's first
EP and subsequently their debut full length album SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, set to release on March 13th of 2012. Noveskey's
objective in producing the album was simple, he explains "We didn't want to do something they wouldn't be able to pull off live and
we didn't want to do something that didn't sound like them, the live show is so energetic and we really wanted the album to be a true
representation of that, which is why we recorded on analog tape with very minimal layering." As for the band's unique sound
Noveskey believes the vocals are key, "The harmonies are sort of the nucleus of the whole thing really, sure you've got the bombastic
drums and the big 70s guitar but the harmonies are really what this band is all about, there's almost a shade of The Beatles or Beach
Boys to it."
SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC was recorded at Willie Nelson's famous Pedernales Recording Studio in Spicewood, TX, approximately
30 miles outside of Austin. For both the producer and band, Nelson's studio proved to be the perfect creative environment for the task
at hand, Noveskey offers, "It was really great, it's detached from everything, out in the middle of nowhere and it's got this really cool
vibe that allowed us the opportunity to get lost in our own little world. We really wanted to do it old school, two weeks straight with
SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC includes the irresistible "Stereo", the dirty blues infused shredder "Ms. Jones", the infectious crowd
pleasing "Hi Lo" and the urgent rocker "Where Will We Go", a tune that drives so hard it should come with the disclaimer, Warning:
Song may inspire speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.
The transition from small rock clubs to the larger concert venues is an exciting new adventure for the rapidly up and coming band, as
Chris Phillips explains, "It's cool to have everyone's attention and not be competing as much with televisions and chatter, the
audience interaction is a lot more fun and our sense of humor seems to come across more in this type of setting. We've been giving a
lot of what we call our "sweaty hugs" to lot's of new friends we've been meeting on tour."
The buzz IAMDYNAMITE have been generating on the road in 2011 is more than evident online. Nearly every day, the band's
Facebook and Twitter accounts grow substantially with “likes” and raves from new fans who saw the dynamite duo the night before
and the iTunes downloads of their new album, SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, are also increasing dramatically as a result.
IAMDYNAMITE's frontman Christopher Martin puts it into perspective, "It's really been great, we're playing so many cities we've never
played before and the response has been amazing. We've always been a "word of mouth" band and that's still the case, just on a
much bigger scale. We're not overhyped by a big label push, we're just laying some great groundwork on the road, which seems like
a really natural way to do it, people are talking and that's really awesome, it's always cooler when you first hear about a new band
from a friend."
Add it all up and there can be no doubt, the fuse has been lit and IAMDYNAMITE are ready to explode!
Aug 15 SaturdayChicago, IL, US Bottom Lounge
Aug 18 TuesdayLa Crosse, WI, US Warehouse
Aug 19 WednesdaySt. Paul, MN, US Turf Club
Aug 20 ThursdaySauget, IL, US Pop's Concert Venue
Aug 21 FridayKansas City, MO, US The Riot Room
Aug 22 SaturdayDenver, CO, US The Marquis Theater
Aug 23 SundayColorado Springs, CO, US Black Sheep
Sep 10 ThursdayAtlanta, GA, US The Masquerade
Sep 11 FridayNorth Myrtle Beach, SC, US House of Blues
Sep 12 SaturdayCharlotte, NC, US PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
Sep 19 SaturdayNew York, NY, US The Studio at Webster Hall
Sep 20 SundayProvidence, RI, US Simon's 677
Sep 23 WednesdayStanhope, NJ, US The Stanhope House
Sep 24 ThursdayRochester, NY, US Montage Music Hall
Sep 25 FridayBuffalo, NY, US Studio at Waiting Room
Oct 02 FridayHouston, TX, US Walter's Downtown
Oct 08 ThursdayScottsdale, AZ, US Pub Rock