International Zombies of Love take foothold of rock
“My girlfriend of 17 years was away in Amsterdam,” said Mike Farrell, founder of IZOL. “I was home with our four-year-old daughter, while the whole time doing this LDR (long distance relationship) thing.”
Farrell turned his living room into a pseudo-studio – because while the cat’s away the mouse will play, piano, that is – and began writing songs on the piano, and things just started flowing.
At the same time, he was maintaining contact with his estranged lover from across the pond, and although technology has come a long way to bringing us closer, it will always lack that “human touch”
“… And one day to her I just said, man, I feel like we’re like International Zombies of Love.”
And there we have it, the inception for the mystery that is IZOL.
The project is about 3-4 years old for Farrell, yet he’s been playing in contemporary rock bands for a couple decades. He wanted to branch out into different styles of rock, which he did with his previous band The Pariahs.
The idea of forbidden or distant, unrequited love permeates the entire new album thematically.On May 27 IZOL is releasing their sophomore record You Heard This Wish on Eric Warner’s label We Are Busy Bodies, and the product is something that Farrell is extremely proud of and content with.
“Working with my producer, at first we thought the music was hollow, so we began to work with it more and add drums here, guitar there, and it all sort of came together.”
The musical working of the album are very experimental, although it sticks to the traditional roots of classic rock composure and singing style.
Farrell comes from a musical family by nature, so he came by it honestly. His father, a classical guitar player and lover of old folk and country, gave way to a love for music that his mother fined tuned by running him through the ringer that is the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Now that the true identifying IZOL album is coming out, and being part of Canadian Music Week was a huge opening networking for IZOL, they’re moving forward with a slew of tour dates.
The only problem with a solo artist that plays like a band in this scenario is coordinating all the contributing and touring players together to make it happen.
Check out one of the first performances of “Liquor Store” played live at Call The Office in London, Ont.