North Essex post rock outfit iAlpha - an ethereal shoegaze with elements of trip-hop, subtle twists of rhythm, and intriguing vocals.
Established in 2013 - as friends from college - Joe, Jake, Jack and Frank, spent two years writing, recording and producing their first EP “The Futility of Autonomy” featuring singles “Ragman Roll” and “Cockaigne”, both of which were released online in October 2015.
The band’s single “Ragman Roll” instantly sparked interest from radio producers and A&R with its attractive layers and progressive structure. Topping number one on the Amazing Radio chart for several weeks in a row, as well as claiming number twelve on Amazing Radio’s chart of 2017 for the whole year, “Ragman Roll” is said to be one of the leading tracks on their first EP.
Since then, iAlpha have continued to digitally release their songs through iTunes & Spotify, many of which have been played on BBC Introducing several times including singles “Something For Nothing” and “Helix”.
The band spent most of 2016 and 2017 performing in venues such as: Colchester Arts Centre, The Dublin Castle in Camden, The Fiddler’s Elbow, and many other popular renowned music vicinities within the Essex & London areas.
In April 2019, they published their latest single, “Clarion Call”, described as being ‘bass-heavy’, ‘engaging’, and another ‘strong number’. “Clarion Call” is set to feature on the band’s second EP, scheduled to be released later this year.
Meanwhile, iAlpha have lined up a few set dates for performances between August and December, and will continue to announce shows leading into the new year.
'Some really good sounds going on in 'Ragman Roll' and 'Cockaigne' - lots of clever subtle twists with really intriguing vocals.'
Simon Williams - Fierce Panda Records.
'Love what these guys are doing; really original; really funky. I'm definitely interested to see what these guys have to bring in the future'.
Ollie Winiberg - BBC Introducing.