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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 or  You can purchase a copy of the Ionia EP at  The EP is also available for digital download on iTunes. 

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