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Isis Call It Quits... Final Tour Dates Posted
May 21, 2010
Isis has reached an end. It's hard to try to say it in any delicate way, and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn't something that occurred over night and it hasn't been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, Isis has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us, it is time to bring it to a close. We've seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death and we all promised one another early on in the life of the band that we would do our best to ensure Isis would never fall victim to that syndrome. We've had a much longer run than we ever expected we would and accomplished a great deal more than we ever imagined possible. We never set any specific goals when the band was founded other than to make the music we wanted to hear and to play (and to stay true to that ideal), so everything else that has come along the long and winding path has been an absolute gift. As with any momentous life-changing decision (which this certainly is for the 5 of us), we feel a very dynamic range of emotions about this and cannot express all of it within the space of a few sentences, and perhaps it's best to do what we've always done and let our music speak for us. It is and has been the truest expression of who we are as a collective and in some ways who we are as individuals for the 13 years in which we've been together. The last and perhaps most important thing we might say in relation to all this is how grateful we are for the people that have supported us over the years. It is a lengthy list that would include those who put out our records, those that played on them and put them to tape, the many bands with whom we shared the stage, all of our family, friends and companions who supported us in our individual lives and thus made it possible for us to continue on in the band, and most importantly those who truly listened to our music whether in recorded form or by coming to out to our shows (or both). It is quite true that we would never have done what we have without those people, that is many of you who are reading this. Our words can never fully express what we feel, but we hope that our music and the efforts made to bring it into being can serve as a more proper expression of gratitude for this life and for everyone in it. Thank you.

In more immediate and practical terms the tour we are about to embark upon is indeed our last. We are hoping that these final live rituals can help us bring a close to the life of this band in a celebratory and reverent way, and also provide us with a chance to say goodbye to many of those that have supported us over the years. While there is a measure of sadness that comes with the passing of this band, we hope that the final days can be joyous ones during which any and all that wish to come and join us will do so. It seems fitting that the last show of the tour and of our active existence will take place in Montreal, the site of the very first Isis show in 1997 (though that was an unintentional move when booking the show initially). After the tour we also plan to follow through with other projects set in motion some time ago - pursuing the completion of a final EP, compiling live audio and visual material for future releases, and generally doing whatever we can to make our music available for as long as there are people who wish to hear it.

Thanks again to any and all,

Isis, May 18 2010

From Mike Patton & Greg Werckman (Ipecac founders):

"It has been a complete honor to be a part of the Isis team. Isis is a major part of our label's foundation. Those 5 talented guys are our friends and we look forward to see and hear what they each do in the future."
ISIS' final tour dates:

w/ Jakob, Tombs:
5/26 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
5/29 - Wow Hall - Eugene, OR
5/30 - Capitol Theatre - Olympia, WA
5/31 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC - Canada
6/01 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA
6/02 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
6/04 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
6/05 - The Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA

Bonnaroo Festival
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6/12 - Manchester, TN (w/ Clutch, Melvins, Flaming Lips, etc.)

w/ Melvins:
6/14 - 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA
6/16 - 9:30 Club - Washington, WA
6/17 - Theater Of Living Arts (TLA) - Philadelphia, PA
6/18 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
6/19 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
6/20 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
6/21 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA

w/ Cave In:
6/22 - Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
6/23 - Club Soda - Montreal, QB - Canada
 
 
 
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Tombs On Tour With Isis, Pelican
June 2, 2009
Brooklyn, NY”s Tombs are half-way through their U.S. tour with Isis as part of their “Wavering Radiant” tour. This tour kicked-off in San Diego, CA and is currently working its way up along the east coast. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

Additionally, Tombs have recently teamed up with independent merchandise company Shirts & Destroy for exclusive shirt designs, signed poster prints, and more. The new Tombs merch store can be viewed here. Shirts & Destroy will also be printing a very limited edition tour shirt for the two Tombs, Isis, and Pelican shows next week in Massachusetts. The shirts were designed by Ryan Begley (design here) and will only be available at the Northampton and Boston shows with any remaining quantities available online at www.ShirtsAndDestroy.com.

Tombs have also created a new Twitter account (www.Twitter.com/Tombs666), using to send in updates from the road as well as up-to-the-minute news on represses, upcoming tours, and more.

Tombs are touring in support of their new album, 'Winter Hours', which is currently streaming in its entirety at www.WinterHours.info. Tombs' first video from 'Winter Hours', for album-opener “Gossamer”, is also available for viewing below.
Stay tuned to www.Relapse.com and the Tombs' MySpace page for additional news and tour information.

Tombs Tour Dates
w/ Isis, Pelican:
6/02 - New York, NY - The Filmore at Irving Plaza
6/03 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
6/04 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
6/05 - Boston, MA - Paradise
6/06 - Montreal, QC - The National
6/07 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
7/17 - Columbus, OH - Ravari Room
7/18 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theater (as part of Dudefest)
 
 
 
 
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Isis Post New Track Online
March 26, 2009
Experimental rockers, Isis, have put up a new song from the forthcoming record, 'Wavering Radiant' (Ipecac, May 5), on their MySpace page. The track is titled "20 Minutes / 40 Years."

Isis will announce a six week US tour next week; the tour is set to kick off May 14 in San Diego.
 
 
 
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Isis Reveal Artwork, Track List For 'Wavering Radiant'
February 10, 2009
Isis, the Los Angeles by way of Boston quintet, will release their fifth full-length album, 'Wavering Radiant', on May 5 via Ipecac Recordings.

The album, recorded over the late Summer and Fall of 2008 in Los Angeles, was produced by Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Melvins) and will also see a vinyl release on Apr. 21.

Aaron Turner recently discussed the new album with Billboard, saying "This is a better sonic representation of what the band actually sounds like. In the past I think some of the recordings were a little too clean in their final form. There was something about the energy that seemed to be lacking. It seems to feel more like us than anything else has."

"I feel a sense of completion with this record that I've never felt before,” Aaron Harris adds. “We spent more time creating this record than we have with any other, and I feel in my heart that this record is in many ways our best."

Cover art was once again created by Turner.

'Wavering Radiant' Track List:
1. Hall Of The Dead
2. Ghost Key
3. Hand Of The Host
4. Wavering Radiant
5. Stone To Wake A Serpent
6. 20 Minutes / 40 Years
7. Threshold of Transformation

Isis is currently planning extensive worldwide touring behind 'Wavering Radiant', with more details to be announced shortly.
 
 
 
 
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Isis Reveal Album Details, Set Release Date
January 24, 2009
Isis, the Los Angeles by way of Boston band, has set a May 5 release date for their anticipated new album, 'Wavering Radiant' (Ipecac Recordings). The album, produced by Joe Baressi (Tool, Queens of The Stone Age), will see a limited edition vinyl version released on Apr. 21. Tool's Adam Jones contributed guitar to two songs from the new release.

More details to be announced soon.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1997
HOME TOWN: Los Angeles, CA
MEMBERS:
Aaron Turner (guitar/lead vox)
Aaron Harris (battery)
Jeff Caxide (bass)
Cliff Meyer (samples)
Mike Gallagher (guitar)

An initial bout of musical experimentation in the fall of 1997 is attended by favorable circumstances and results in the formation of ISIS-the core members of which are Jeff Caxide (bass), Aaron Turner (guitars/vocals) and Aaron Harris (drums). Various lineup shifts ensue before and during the recording of their debut EP, Mosquito Control (Escape Artist) and follow-up EP, The Red Sea (Second Nature). By the summer of 1999, the current ISIS lineup has taken shape with the addition of guitarist Mike Gallagher (ex-Cast Iron Hike) and electronics coordinator Cliff Meyer (ex-The Gersch). A triumphant tour with space rock sorcerers Cave In establishes ISIS' national presence, a position soon capitalized upon by a brief but fulfilling campaign with extremity experts Neurosis. The millennium would see ISIS back out on the road (with Candiria and Dillinger Escape Plan) and in the studio recording their debut full-length, Celestial (Escape Artist, released summer 2000) and companion EP, Sgnl>05 (Neurot Recordings, released spring 2001), the latter of which includes a remix courtesy of industrial grandsire Justin Broadrick of Godflesh. The two releases remain landmarks in the ISIS catalog, leagues ahead of previous efforts both sonically and conceptually. Indeed, for those who took the time to immerse themselves in the attendant semiotics of the two records, the rewards were many. Celestial was not merely heavy for heavy's sake; it revealed the highly detailed and often subtle nature of ISIS' aural and visual blueprints-Sgnl>05 was an even more ambient extension of these latent aesthetics. Spring 2001 brought the now infamous tour with Keelhaul and newly reformed sludge parsons Eyehategod, followed by support slots for UK grind titans Napalm Death and a summer headlining tour with Swiss hardcore machinists Knut and enfant terrible Joe Preston, a.k.a. Thrones. It is during this period of prolific cross-country excursion that ISIS' national exposure nears its apex. With the pale seasons at hand, fall and winter 2001 commenced a brief hibernation period during which most of the music that would become Oceanic was written. Whereas Celestial was the culmination of past efforts, a full realization of ISIS' collective talents, Oceanic is the re-envisioning of that ideal, striking a balance between gravity and complexity, achieving a dynamic equilibrium through the sharpening and honing of harmonic elements. Featuring texturally enhancing guest performances from Ayal Naor and Maria Christopher of 27, Oceanic is clarity through understatement; total conceptual and atmospheric control via the harnessing of hydraulic and instrumental inspiration. Paring back the density of previous releases to reveal a more articulated melodic infrastructure, Oceanic is highly meditative and perceptually abstract, vaguely hallucinatory and eminently contemplative.