The Portugal based lineup of Diana Freire on vocals, João Júlio and Paulo Bispo on guitars, Diogo Freire on bass, Aurélien Vieira Lino on keyboards and Joaquim Pequicho on drums, together nearly 6 years, have in their own manner, begun anew with IanaSonic.
Working in with producer/composer Marco Jung, for 6 years now, Diana, João Júlio and Marco produced IanaSonic themselves, as a trio of composition in studio, then meeting the rest of the band: “we’re always there [at marduc studios].. creating new songs, new ideas, trying to find the better way to get our message through. No deadlines, no expectations, no one interfiring with the composition process.”, furthers Diana.
IanaSonic’s debut album is a musical and lyrical time capsule of their past times. From the bouncy “My little bit of sunshine”, to the heaviness of “Love (can’t live without it)”, the major chorus of “Bitter Flavour”, the innocent “Through and through”...
“Most of the times, Marco starts playing (on the piano, guitar, whatever..), ‘till he gets to the right melody/harmony... when he gets there, normally the rest of the song pops out easily...”, explains Diana.
In addition to soul-complex songs, IanaSonic was likewise produced on a complex basis and that approach also went for the actual “sounds” of the band. The whole record was written by Diana and Marco, composed by Marco and João and recorded, mixed and mastered by Marco, in Portugal.
“This record is very special to us, ‘cause it’s the first one and also, we spent 4 years working on it.. song by song”, explains Diana, “we came to a total of 20 songs.. we listened and listened and filtered the ones we think that reflect us the most. Just months ago, we got the possibility to re-record some guitars with the right, fat sound and Marco got the time to sit, listen to the songs and start mixing them objectively. Before was impossible.. the tracks are composed and recorded right away.”
The band’s sound matches the combination of personal and global issues that went into the writing on IanaSonic.
“Our influences and who we are, is all over the songs”, explains Diana, “we always leave the door open for any musical genre and any weird musical instruments and sounds, as long as we feel comfortable with it”, they say.
Other cool IanaSonic curiosities:
Although Marco doesn’t play with the band live, he’s an essential key in the composing/writing process.
He also gives is contribution as a performer in most of the songs (with drum tracks, guitar solos, backing vocals,bass, etc..)
Also, Joaquim Pequicho, João Mota and Paulo Bispo not only backup IanaSonic live, but also play on the record.
On “My little bit of sunshine” IanaSonic has João Guincho (Dapunksportif) as a special guest playing the solo. Rudy Jacket (Restonica) played the strings on the song "Continuous Night".
As the band reflects on IanaSonic and the making of this album, is clear their feeling of happiness and confidence. “We gave our best and will keep giving on the next albums. Although the record industry is passing through a quite difficult time, that shouldn’t stop us [musicians] from spreading our word”. And though IanaSonic ends with the melancholic “Continuous Night”, the song and the CD itself ends with continuous hope as Diana intones “The night goes on...”
IanaSonic are now working on the 2nd album, previewed to be released in 2013.