Friday, June 20, 2008
CD Review: Ionia - Ionia EP
Ionia - Ionia EP
2008, Donato Paternostro
Ionia takes its name from a small strip of coastal land in present day Turkey that was known for inspiring a school of Philosophy (Ionian Philosophy), as well as a school of art characterized by fine workmanship and minute detail. On their self-titled debut EP, Ionia more than lives up to the legacy of their namesake.
My favorite track here is Skin & Bones, which has an almost alt-country feel to the opening verse before resolving into a driving rocker with a soaring chorus. Loneliness Will Not Be Televised is the most introspective song on the EP. Winning Is Everything, The Storm and Rewind are definite post-punk anthems each on their own. Gasoline Rainbow was good as well, but perhaps not up to the level of the other songs here.
Ionia has a great sound and a unique vocalist. More importantly, they write great rock tunes. Ionia is a band going somewhere, and their EP is a worthy vehicle.
Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Ionia at www.ioniamusic.com or www.myspace.com/ionia. You can purchase a copy of the Ionia EP at www.cdbaby.com/ionia2. The EP is also available for digital download on iTunes.