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02|03|15 Pandora play
We are thrilled to announce that the Vultures EP is now part of  Pandora's genome project!

12|29|14 Recording New Album January 2015 Release
Hello all want to give everyone a quick update.
We have been working hard writing a new album and we are set to record at the end of January.
This new album will come out in 2015!
We are recording at the Jam room and working with Producer Phillip Cope for the second time.  
We are more than excited to kick off the year a new album.

Happy new year and see you soon!

11|21|14 Upcoming....
Hey everybody!  We've been hard at work on the new tunes, and we're super stoked about them!  The plan is to hit the studio in January and release shortly after that.  In the meantime, we'll be joining our pals in Mammoth Black for their CD release party in Virginia Beach on December 12th.  Check out our tour page; we'll be treating the audience to new tunes that night, so you don't want to miss it!

11|11|14 Iratify?
Silber Records does a QRD interview series every once in a while, and Cheryl was part of this a few years back while we were recording the Vultures EP.  Recently, Silber put out a compilation with several of the interviewees doing nothing but guitar tracks.  You can hear Cheryl's track here, and be sure to visit the Silber Website for other offerings.

08|08|14 Wondering where this little guy came from?
Special thanks to Joe Badon for doing this bad-ass rendering of the Vultures cover!

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07|19|14 Irata on NPR
In case you missed it, here is the aired version of the interview Cheryl did with Eddie Garcia on NPR this past week.

05|24|14 Upcoming release!
We are SUPER thrilled to announce the upcoming Crimson Eye Records Release of our 10" split with Solar Halos We've been waiting for this for quite a while now, and we hope you'll join us at one of our release shows.

Irata-Solar Halos- Skull Collector - 7-18-2014

Solar Halos - IRATA- Make- Bitter Resolve -7-19-2014
Chug solar split show

05|14|14 Upcoming events
We look forward to seeing everybody this Saturday, May 17th, as we bring Trioscapes back to their hometown of Greensboro.  There are a few other shows coming up; our first in Winston-Salem in who-knows-how-long will be in June, as well as the LONG awaited (by us, anyway) 7" split with Solar Halos in July.  Keep an eye on our tour dates page for updates.  

Oh, and one more thing.  We have a couple more songs for ya!  Cheers!

02|21|14 2 new bad ass shows to announce
Show #1: Thursday March 6th Retro Futurist Label Showcase at Savannah Stopover Festival
Get tickets for the festival and the show here!!

Line Up at the Jinx
10:00 Irata
11:00 Burnt Books
12:00 Darkentries
1:00 Kylesa

Show #2: The Maywood   in Raleigh NC, Friday March 7th!
with Shroud Eater
Bitter Resolve

This will be a delicious weekend!

01|18|14 Irata / Solar split coming soon via Crimson Eye
Irata/ Solar Halos Split coming soon via Crimson Eye Records! split

12|30|13 2014? Already?
Hey everybody- we hope you all have plans for a killer New Year's Eve!  Everyone at the Irata camp is stoked about all the new music we're getting together...there might even be a whisper or two about another tour this coming year.
  In the meantime, stay awesome and keep supporting local music, drink plenty of beer, and have an awesome 2014!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! We are Playing with TORCHE!



11|09|13 TOUR UPDATE
We're leaving today to hit the southeast, and bringing our friends in Corpse Light with us!  Super stoked about being on the road again, and hope to see many of you out there!

09|23|13 SHOWS!
Hey everybody!  We're starting up again with a good handful of shows for the fall.  Check out the Tour Dates page to see when we'll be near you!

08|21|13 Hopscotch Festival Day show Announced!
Just released!  We are playing a day show set at this years Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh NC, for The Negative Fun Records Showcase. We are stoked to say the least.   The venue is Legends. See the Flyer for details!

Final NF Hopscotch Poster 4.5 in x 6.5 in

06|24|13 Now released through Australopithecus Records
Our good friend Patrick Trainor runs a label out of DC called Australopithecus Records (yeah, we can't pronounce it either).
Not only is he releasing the Vultures album, he's got a killer collection of shit you should check out.

06|19|13 Video release!
The music video for Keepers Maker has been released!  Check out the audio/video page, or go straight to the video.
Be sure and share it with all your friends!

03|19|13 SXSW Complete!
We had a GREAT time traveling down to SXSW

We have a few more North Carolina Shows lined up, then we PROMISE to finish a new album for you guys!

Peace and Rawk!

02|15|13 SXSW 2013 Tour Dates and showcase announced !
Irata SXSW Tour Dates with Freedom Hawk and Lord Fowl

March 8th  Chapel Hill, NC @ The Night Light w/ Collosus
March 9th  Murrells Inlet, SC @ The Rockin Hard Saloon
March 10th Columbia, SC  @ The New Brookland Tavern w/ Carolina Chupacabra
March 11th Athens Ga, @ Caledonia Lounge w/ Guzik
March 12th Birmingham, AL @ The Nick w/ Aethenoth
March 13th Lake Charles, LA @ Luna Live w/ Large Marge
March 14th TBA
March 15th Fort Worth, TX @ Tom Cats West w/TBA
March 16th SXSW Showcase Austin, TX @ Spider House Ballroom
March 17th TBA
March 18th TBA

01|07|13 Irata ranks #8 EP's of 2012 via Metal Buzz
Irata ranks #8

Thanks Metal Buzz!!

01|07|13 Two spring tours!
We are pleased to announce two tours this spring!
The  first,  starting March 8th and lasting until march 16th.  We will accompany Freedom Hawk and Lord Fowl  (both on Small Stone records)  on a week long tour to support their SXSW showcases!!

The Second starts April 25th and last until May 12th.  A Cross Country tour taking us to the West Coast and back!  

Keep in touch and check back for more details on cities and dates!  

01|07|13 Irata on Avant Air WUAG 103.1
We have been asked to come on the radio show and talk about our Fall tour with a twist. They want a women's perspective on touring. Cheryl is up for the Challenge!  
Tune in Thursday, Jan 10th @ 8:00pm.  
We will spin some tunes as well!  

Avant Greensboro bolg

12|10|12 vultures EP ranked #5 albums of 2012
Not bad for just a little ole EP!

Irata vultures Ep Ranks #5 top albums for 2012 @ Skrik Zine

11|30|12 Excellent EP reviews!: Holland, Norway and USA!
Metal Army America
Caleidoscoop:  Holland
Skrikzine; Norway 9.5 out of 10!
Flag pole Magazine; Athens, GA

11|27|12 New Merch @ the Irata Store
New Merch Available Now! @ the Irata Store

1. Vultures EP on 12" white Vinyl @ 45 rpm. includes 12" x 12" fold out poster of cover art and a digital download card.  Art by Will Hackley

2. Vultures EP on CD with a 6 panel digi-pack.  Art by Will Hackley

3. The Better Off Dead T - Shirt. One badass color... one bad ass hamburger!

11|20|12 EAST Coast tour comes to an end
Being off the road is a wierd time if you have ever been in that situation you know what I am talking about.  Playing full time for weeks in a row always leaves me wanting more!  in our case more will come soon!

Want to send our thanks to the many people that helped us along the way to make the Vultures tour a screaming success!  
These "Thanks" are in no particular order. Helena w/Akris, Kristen, Brian With Silber Records, Michael Wood, Monica @ Speakeasy  Bedroom Rehab corporation (Bad ass drummer), Aubrey in Brookyn (Helldin) for puttng us up for the night and helping me find a place to park!  We are all Savages, Thinning the Herd,  Organic Cheeseburgers across the Street from Lit Lounge,  Bardus, Window Liquor,
Borracho, Admiral Browning (Bad ass drummer and clear vistalite kit), Rob (Auroboros), and Pat for putting us up and the lesson on the history of metal!
Thank you Hate Chamber for not killing us and helping the rest of the tour appear outstanding!  The izm for the Beef jerky It kept a drummer happy, The SoundHole and Circles in Autumn Myrtle beach rocks! Danny and Karen ( for putting up)  Guzik, Rat Babbies Little kings, Teds( for serving good food). Trab, Becky the bartender who came out even after we spilled a drink on her bar! Amy, Savannah Rocks! Wade going above and beyond and showing mass amounts of restraint the gods will look well upon you,Phillip and Laura for coming out and the good word, Wusc 90.5 Mike, Carolina Chupacabra, Chairleg for the idea of spitting beer in each others mouths! Chapel Hill undergrouund for taking us on at the last minute. Piedmontsmen asdnd plowman for the same. Masters of None, Lowercases and capitals, Grohg, Will for the lighting lesson, Melodi at the Tiger, Goodbye Titan and Hectagons robby and the dive bar.  
A special Thanks to all the folks that spent their hard earned money on cover charges and merchandise to support what we love doing! we hope our music brings much pleasure into your lives for many years to come.

Look for a Southeast Tour with Grohg this winter (January) and a Full U.S. Tour Spring 2013!  

Cheers Irata!

11|20|12 Reviews of the new EP!
Press Reviews of Irata's EP, Vultures:

10|23|12 new review
This review contains more adjectives than websters.
Courtesy of Hell Ride Review - Irata- Vultures EP!

10|23|12 Vultures EP Available November 1st!

10|05|12 Irata announces Vultures EP East coast Tour 2012
We are pleased to announce our East coast tour! This tour is in support of the Vultures EP that will drop November 1st 2012 via Pig8pig Records and Silber Media! Our new found friends AKRIS will join us on the Northern leg of the tour and one date in Myrtle Beach.  Their music Stabs you in the gut, spits on you and then asks for your phone number. We are excited to pound heads, kill ears and rock fros. See you soon!

Vultures EP east coast tour fall 2012!

Nov 1st -  Avant on Air 7:00pm Wuag Radio show.
Nov 2nd - Raleigh, NC  @ The  Dive Bar  w/ Goodbye Titan & Hectagons
Nov 3rd - Greensboro, NC  @ Blind tiger  w/ Torchrunner, Grohg, Lower cases and Capitals, Masters of None
Nov 4th - Binghamton,NY @ Hate Chamber House party) w/ Akris
Nov 5th - New London, Conn  @ 33  w/ Akris & Bedroom Rehab Corporation
Nov 6th - Brooklyn,NY @ Saint Vitus w/Akris,We Are All Savages
Nov 7th -  New York City, NY @ Lit Lounge, w/Akris , Thinning the Herd & Dutch Guts
Nov 8th -   Phillidelphia  PA @ Kung Fu Neck Tie  Upstairs  
(Thru  phonographic  arts) w/Akris, Bardus, Window Liquor
Nov 9th -  Alexandria , VA  @  Amma  House  (house party)  w/ Akris , Admiral Browning and Borracho
Nov 10th - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/Akris and Olde Shame  
Nov 11th - Myrtle Beach, SC @ Sound Hole w/Circles in Autumn
Nov 13th - Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde bar  (Miller Light Concert Series) Lost in Society & Dan Tedesco
Nov 14th - Athens, Ga @ Little Kings w/ Guzik and Rat Babies
Nov 15th - Savannah, GA @ the Wormhole w/Trab & tba
Nov 16th - Columbia, SC  @ Conundrum w/ Carolina Chupacabra & Chairleg
Nov 17th - Wilmington, NC  @ Orton w/ S.O.L and tba

08|28|12 We talk with Steel for Brains
steelforbrains interview

08|01|12 Vultures EP East Coast Tour!
East Coast Tour dates coming soon!

06|25|12 Buried Under Ground Festival

Chapel Hill Underground: Chapel Hill, NC
(June 28 - 30, 2012. Doors open at 5pm, Shows begin at 7pm):

Presale tickets are available at CD Alley in Chapel Hill, Schoolkids Records in Raleigh and Bull City Records in Durham. Tickets are $25 for advance three-day passes, or $13 dollars each night during the event.

Thursday, 6/28

MAKE (12:15am)
Bitter Resolve (11:30pm)
Gross Reality (10:15pm)
Irata (9pm)
Morose Vitality (8pm)
Salvacion (7pm)

Friday, 6/29

Caltrop (12:15am)
Systems (11pm)
Grohg (10pm)
RBT (8:45pm)
O God the White Whale (7:45pm)
The Proselyte (7pm)

Saturday 6/30

Colossus (12:15am)
Hawks (11:00pm)
Fin Fang Foom (9:45pm)
Torch Runner (8:45pm)
Alignak (7:30pm)
Children of the Reptile (6:30pm)



















For 3 days at the end of June, heavy metal and hard rock bands from across The Triangle will descend on Chapel Hill Underground for an event that will live in infamy for years to come. BURIED UNDERGROUND combines thrash, punk rock, black metal, progressive metal and more, and features some of the area's best heavy bands.

Chapel Hill Underground
157 E Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
View Map � Get Directions

04|23|12 New Merch!
We are pleased to announce New EP "Vulchers" and a spiffy new t-shirt design available at this Friday's show only!

Friday April 27th!
The Flat Iron
221 Summit Ave
Greensboro, NC

Show time 10:00pm
Stickers for Cigarettes  (opens)
The Grand Ultimatum ( The Grand comeback)
Irata  ( headline )

01|10|12 Happy New Year!
Come see the first show of 2012, featuring Le Weekend and the deput of Alpha Cop.  It's gonna rock!

11|13|11 A few words...
We want to extend a huge thank you to all the amazing and inspiring bands we've had the opportunity to play with in the past few months, as well as the awesome venues that have hosted us.
Now it's time to buckle down and write some new material.  Keep an eye here and on our facebook page for updates regarding the new EP which we're expecting to come out in the beginning of '12.
In the meantime, be sure and check out the Irata store for a copy of the first album, T-shirts and stickers.

Come chill with us at the Flatiron- 221 Summit Ave. Greensboro, NC.  We'll be throwing down with The Grand Ultimatum and Stickers for Cigarettes.  Doors at 8, $5 cover.  All proceeds go to help Jeff Hissong of The Grand Ultimatum in the wake of difficult heart attack.

08|22|11 Adding new shows
We are adding new shows everyday to our November tour.
Look out for a city near you.  Contact us to play a city near you!

08|17|11 Irata in Raleigh, NC
We look forward to seeing all of our Raleigh friends at The Dive Bar on Friday, August 26th.
The Daegoba System will be opening; show starts at 10 pm...No cover!!  
3 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC
(919) 832-9363

06|10|11 Heading to Myrtle Beach, SC
Hey we are heading to Myrtle Beach South Carolina To play play a show with some Silber records Artists.  
Electric bird noise, Remora, Lunar Fizz from Myrtle will also will also be playing.
Looking forward to the beach and tequilla!
See you Saturday night June 11th at the Island Bar
2272 Glenns Bay Road Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
(843) 650-3157.  

03|29|11 Silber anniversary show case line up

Night Lite Chapel Hill, NC.
Saturday April 2nd.
show starts 7:15am sharp!
doors opn 6:00pm

Line up of Silber artists performing.

1 - Small Life Form - 7:15
2 - Andrew Weathers - 7:45
3 - slicnaton - 8:15
4 - Peter Aldrich - 8:45
5 - Remora - 9:15
6 - Electric Bird Noise - 9:45
7 - Clang Quartet - 10:15
8 - Weather Machine  - 10:45
9 - Aarktica - 11:15
10 - Northern Valentine - 11:45
11 - Irata - 12:15
12 - Hotel Hotel - 12:45
13 - The Wet Teens - 1:15

03|22|11 Two piece prowess
Jon and I are playing Silber Anniversary Showcase as a two piece. Drum and bass if you please.
All new material from our upcoming album!

12|01|10 We are huge in France!
To all our friends and fans in Europe. We have just partnered withHead - Records out of France to Distribute our debut album! Irata.  Save the cost of international shipping and order the CD through Head-Records!

We love Head!

Contact Able via Head - Records website

or Head - Records Myspace

12|01|10 Reviews from Germany!
(2010, Silber)

Freunde der h�rteren Instrumentalmusik sollten ein Auge auf die j�ngste (Wieder-)Ver�ffentlichung des Dr�hn-Labels Silber Records werfen. Das selbstbetitelte Deb�t von Irata aus dem Jahre 2008 steht dort zum digitalen Download bereit. Einige Titel, auf denen der Gitarrist des Trios zum Saxophon greift, so der Opener �Infinity Eight� oder �Eye of Ra�, erinnern an die ebenfalls vorgestellte neue Seven that Spells-Scheibe und z�hlen zu den H�hepunkten des Albums. Wobei ich nicht den Rest herabwerten m�chte, schlie�lich ist das ganze Album atmosph�risch dicht und druckvoll. So seien �Clown Rehab� oder �Angel�s Share� als weitere Anspieltipps genannt. Die Truppe aus North Carolina bietet guten, heftigen instrumentalen Rock, nicht mehr und nicht weniger.

neuer sampler/ compilation Download

08|09|10 Ninjas and Car chases!
Check out the new review.Ninja Review! and we couldn't agree more

08|09|10 Irata on World Music Charts
We have been nominated to get added to the World Music Charts. World Music is a free internet music site.  
We're listed as Bubbly newcomers. Please click the Link and Vote for "Irata- Drunken Dwarf."  

Vote for Irata here!Vote for Irata here!

07|21|10 Irata on Silber Records!
We are pleased to announce. Our debut album "Irata" is being released digitally by Silber Records.  
The Eye fo Ra Video is included in the download.  

Silber Records

05|13|10 New Show posted WE FEST XIV
WE FEST POSTER 2010 smaller

05|12|10 NEW MERCH
New Merchnadise NOW Available!
T-Shirts, Stickers, Buttons & More...
Go to the Store to get yours!


04|28|10 New review by Stoner Rock .com
Posted Jan 17th 2010

Irata - Irata
Review by John Pegoraro (
Self Released
Release date: 2009

When I compare North Carolina's Irata to Oregon's SubArachnoid Space, it's not just because the bands have sonic similarities. Lots of bands share the same DNA � hell, in the post-rock world alone, there's been so much inbreeding of sound it's like a hillbilly family reunion. But in this case, it's also that if Irata had released their masterful debut before SubArachnoid Space first popped up on the scene some fifteen-odd years ago, they'd be the benchmark for comparison.

To me, that puts Irata in a league of its own. The three-piece is on the more technical side of instrumental psychedelic rock, but never so much that their musical prowess gets in the way of conveying warmth or losing an organic quality. Take �Baby's Breath,� for example. This track, with it's crisp bass playing and frequent crescendos, brings to mind post Undertow Tool, except Irata never comes across as cold and calculating, as if they're using a proven algorithm for rock.

And that's just one of Irata's ten numbers � and not even the best of them (that would go to the beautifully titled �Clown Rehab,� with �Angel's Share� and �Drunken Dwarf� coming in second and third, respectively). What's even more impressive is the fact that the songs are so layered; guitarist Jason Duff is also credited with saxophone and Moog, and drummer/percussionist Jason Ward contributes electronics (while Jon Case is �just� the bassist, his lines are frequently at the forefront of the songs). All in all, this is an excellent release. Recommended.

Stoner rock review of Irata

04|08|10 new shows spring summer 2010!

03|11|10 New shows added
Check out the tour dates we have just added two shows in Wilmington, NC.  one is We Fest 2010.

The First show with Nic will be in Durham at the now famous Pin Hook April 13th.

02|12|10 New Guitarist
irata is proud to announce our new guitar player.

Nicholas Stott
check out some of his other projects

Nic is an extremely talented and well rounded musician.  No doubt that Nic will be an asset when it comes to writing, recording and performing the new album material and re-working some of the older tunes.  We have a lot of work to do (we will live in our rehearsal space for the next few weeks)  but great things to come!

Welcome aboard Nicholas!  We are stoked to say the least.


01|25|10 Open call/ Searching for new guitar player
We are currently in search of a new guitar player If you are interested or if you know of someone interested please have them contact Jason/ Jon at the e-mail on our link or at

We look forward to hearing from you!

01|19|10 Thursday Night Jan 21st Reservoir. Carboro, NC
Thursday night starts a great weekend of rock.

Where The Buffalo Roamed CD release Party!

a wolf in the works CD release

The Traveling Circus of bands will be traveling all over the state to celebrate this special occasion.

Thursday night- Reservoir Carrboro, NC
Friday night - Tipsy Teapot Greenville, NC
Saturday night Double Dragon Houseparty! Asheville, NC

Come to all the events.

01|05|10 Date with Jucifer,

We are so excited to be playing with Jucifer. Tickets in Advance. Get them now!
Volume 11  advance tickets

With all the bands playing it should be a great show and it should be packed!  
Colossus, Irata, Husky, The Daegaba System and to top it off Jucifer. Fuck right!

12|01|09 Irata Live in Raleigh NC This Friday!
12/4/2009 doors open 9:00 PM at Slims
w/ The White Cascade and Free Electric State

Irata opens the show starting at 10:30pm sharp!

227 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh, North Carolina
Cost: $5.00

08|07|09 Free download available on Reverbnation!

07|31|09 Recording

07|31|09 street team. Join now


06|30|09 Eye of Ra: See the new video

Directed By Kevin Pojman & Grisson Davis
Director of Videography Mark Wagoner

06|18|09 Yes Weekly interview and story
Jordan Green of Yes weekly contacted us our of the blue last week. He said he wanted to come by and talk with us... to do story on us to run in Yes Weekly.  We obliged with open arms. Follow the link to Jordan's write up on his private concert.  

Combat Rock;  The Irata story by Jordan @ Yes Weekly

I want to thank Yes weekly for their support. They have been with us since the beginning of this venture.  Their continued support means a great deal to us.

06|18|09 Eye of Ra World Premiere June 27th

06|02|09 Show Cancelled this weekend
Our show in Chapel Hill this weekend With Pushy Lips/ Virgo 9, Blood red River and Simeon has been cancelled.  
The venue pulled the bill. Citing the owner wants all summer shows cancelled.  At least they called us in advance and sounded very sincere and apologetic. They even said they would make it up to us.  
We'll see.  
Anyway we are going to take the extra time and do some more writing the second album is getting closer to fruition.  
So take care this weekend and we will see you on June 27th at the Green Bean (in Greensboro) with the Moaners!!!!!!!

05|18|09 New Pictures !
We are excited to add our new pictures to the website.
We had the pleasure of working with Heather Evans Smith. She is a great photographer and a great artist.  Hopefully we will have the opportunity to work with her again.

See more of her work at her web page.
Heather Evans Smith Photography

05|14|09 Show Friday night in Greensboro!
from the ground up campus crossing

Friday May 15th
The Old One-Two
Linus Van Pelt
Dylan Gilbert
@ Campus Crossing Clubhouse
705 Milton Street
Greensboro NC 27403
$5 For Campus Cross Residents
$7 for non-residents
Doors @ 6:30

05|07|09 Monkeywhale releases Irata Session
Monkeywhale just released our minimalistic live session from Harvey's Kitchen.  We first met Harvey While he was booking shows and bartending at the Flat Iron.  Circumstance or fate brought us together again for the filming of our video "Eye of Ra" which will be released later this year. Harvey was one of the videographers working under Mark Wagoneer. It was then, walking backwards thorugh a pineforest with a spot light and smoke bombs going off that we learned Harvey had another side to him, Monkeywhale.  Several months later the rest is history. Go to the link below for the Monkeywhale.  After filming We had the pleasure of having dinner with Carolyn and Harvey and it was quite the enjoyable experience.  We would like to thank them both for everything they have done for us. We greatly appreciate it.

Irata Session in Harvey's Kitchen

Monkeywhale is also featured on the home page of Blip TV.
Look for Jon' mug and the Irata Session.
Monkeywhale and Irata on Blip TV.

05|07|09 Behind the scenes
Behinid the scene pics from Harvey Kitchen.

Carolyn is a great photographer!

04|22|09 April 16th recap by Afraid of the Bear.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Star Trek III: the Schlitz for Spock... poet laureate of the end of the world... I know I shouldn't throw thee...

Battle Rockets - Irata - Count von Count - April 16 @ the Reservoir (Carrboro)

Good afternoon, loyal few. The great experiment continues unabated and, so far, the only victims are my eyelids. They've been open all this time, wanting so badly to close. I'm so exhausted my eyes hurt, my brain hurts... I'm going to write in this mindset to more accurately portray the madness we musicians constantly bring into our own minds. What sane person stays up until 2:30 in the morning when they know that their alarm will go off at 6:10?

I had a good day. Met the home inspector at the place Rachel and I are trying to buy. We heard what we were expecting to hear, it was just good to have the things wrong with the place pointed out to us and explained. No way is this house in perfect shape, but yes way is this house on amazing land in an amazing location. I found out that there's a spring in the front yard that used to feed a pond! We'll be bringing that pond back.

These are all hypotheticals, naturally. We'll know soon enough if this is going to be our house.

I went into the fallout shelter. It's not as frightening if you go in with a maglight. It needs a lot more work than I thought... once upon a time it was full of shelves (and the shelves were full of provisions for the end times) but now it's full of sawdust and broken bottles, courtesy of termites. I don't know if I can do little private acoustic shows in here or not, even once it's cleaned up. Time will tell.

The day passed without incident and Reno showed up at my house and we worked on the packaging for the new demo. We're going to sell demos but, honest to our vision as a band, the demos will be updated constantly. When we come up with a few recordings we like better than the current demo we'll just burn a bunch of those and date/label them differently. Also honest to our vision is their affordability... $1.00 apiece.

Battle Rockets demo - 3/16/09

the Glaciers Recede
on the Fields of Battle (w/ Tilson of Goodbye, Titan)

HORSE... we're married!

Irata played a ton of new songs. Maybe half of the set was from the new record and I feel great about the new direction. Much more stoner influence, lots of doom and surprising time tricks. One of the new elements I dig is a kind of two-against-one approach. There was one song (don't know the names of all these new tunes yet) where Case and Duff played parallel lines on bass and guitar respectively while Ward staggered along a drumline reminiscient of the 70s, when metal was still slowly walking away from the flower children and into the haunted forest of the gas crisis, the post-Nam nihilism, the burned-out hotel still flashing a "vacancy" sign. The parallel bass and guitar lines fell somewhere between bluesy Hendrix and calculated Vai phrasing. Syncopated enough to have soul but with a cold precision implying modern detachment, road rage, delayed flights. The feel falls squarely between self-confidence and angst.

Elsewhere in the set did Ward and Case lock in with a different time trick, bass and drums locked together in a beat recently back from botched surgery. Here and there were nicks in the paper, places where entire counts had dropped out of the beat, yet Ward and Case followed the same tricky terrain as Duff delivered an atmospheric slide guitar line that wandered in an entirely different time signature. Occasionally they crossed paths, resulting in a technically fantastic song that implied menace rather than shouting it.

There was nowhere near this level of counting on their first record. I can't wait to see where this direction goes. J. Ward once told me the new songs were more "combat oriented." I can see it, I can feel it, and I want more. This music brings prog technicality down to the planet. When people talk about the founders of prog rock the analogies are always about spaceflight and elven kingdoms, very rarely is the music based on anything that can actually be seen without a powerful hallucinogen.

Not so with Irata. When I hear Irata play I hear lions on the kill. I hear a falcon playing in the skies over a freeway, diving with unimaginable speed to snatch a mouse from the median too fast for it to realize the end of its own life. I hear sharks turning in the warm tropical seas and I see the look come suddenly to the swimmer's face when something brushes casually past.

That which you can see on our planet, that which is real and is happening every day, is strange and dark and amazing enough on its own.


The Count from Sesame Street had a last name and it was "von Count." I really should have remembered that, I used to watch a ton of Sesame Street as a kid.

I want to play with more metal bands. I don't listen to much metal in CD form (the exception being Caltrop's "World Class." Buy it if you haven't) but I adore it live. I dig bands with the cajones to slow way-the-fuck down to a deliberate crawl and thump. Some of the hardest rocking songs I know probably clock in at 3 or 4 bpm.

Check out California's Wildildlife for a prime example.

Count von Count reached into the bag of heaviness with their eyes closed, turned the pieces over in their hands, and put them together. They started off in a Motorhead vein, driving along in an early 80s road metal phase for a minute and a half, before aprubtly shifting down to third gear. Even as the tires lock and squeal does the world turn a little slower. This is much grittier stuff. Good technicality but with a Tim Burton-runs-the-circus ethos. Stomping tyrannosaurs, smaller creatures that rush and devour, a collapsing big top surrounded by rotting trees. Semi-coherent vocals that howl from the throat of the deranged, somehow channeled from the great beyond by a living Ouija Board.

From the circus tent came the drumset... I've never seen a 28 inch ride cymbal before, and I definitely have never seen a marching bass drum from the 20s set on its side as a kick before. It's good to see that there are heavy bands out there who know not to take heaviness too seriously. There really is a basic silliness that follows music that dark and brooding and Count von Count are aware of that silliness without letting it dull their teeth. The guitar rig runs through an Ampeg bass cab, for deity's sake. Talk about teeth!

From the grab bag came speed metal, stoner metal, some serious doom and sludge, 40 second thrash jams that started their lives as 50 second songs. Guilty pleasure? Maybe, but definitely a pleasure.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Yeah. Had issues with my jack and with Big Blue, resulting in a longer setup than usual. I didn't feel good about my playing on our opener ("Conflict of Supermonsters") but we picked it up by "the Glaciers Recede," which was next.

I didn't look up for the majority of our show. I was pretty conscious of the low turnout, moreso than usual, and it was getting to me. I tend to know better, but I had high hopes for this show. We were playing the same night as a free 506 show (Pneurotics & Rooster for the Masses), both of whom draw massively. Dan took to the streets and told me there weren't many people out at all. I'm going to look back on this show positively. We connected with a new band who I totally dig and it's always proper to play with Irata.

I ended the show by throwing my guitar into the amp and knocking the cab over. Really, Corbie... is that the best use of your time?

Like I said earlier, who are these people who subject themselves to the absolute madness of rock shows? I have all these amazing toys and all I can do is beat them into each other until they stop working.

Sweet Buddha, help me stop this...

Help me respect my guitar before I inadvertantly destroy it...

at the least grant me the patience to save up for a fifty dollar SG copy from some desolate pawn shop... to have and to destroy... some lawsuit-inspiring copy by some forgotten brand... some guitar to smash and get this destruction out of my system...

Last call sounded behind me as I crossed the lane to leave the show. Home and to bed... all the wilderness and none of the hedonism. Under four hours to sleep to go, to wake up, to crawl through work and back to the next show.

Afraid of the Bear

04|15|09 April 18th in Greensboro
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04|14|09 This Weeks Shows
Thursday night 4-16-09 at the Reservoir in Chapel Hill  With Battle Rockets and Count Von Count.

Saturday Night 4-18-09 at The Flat Iron in Greensboro with
Freedom Hawk!

See you there!

04|07|09 This weekend!

04|06|09 Greenville, SC. Metro Mix interview and Write up
Check out the link below.  
A recent write up in Greenville, SC  MetroMix  entertainment magazine.

No Singer Neccessary

02|12|09 booking spring/ summer tour now!
Booking our spring/summer tour now!
Let us know if you want us to play in your town.

01|26|09 Sold out show ! We want to thank you!
The Maya Art Gallery Show was a huge success!
Shoulder to shoulder people.  

The Gallery posted the Sold out sign at 8:15. The show started at 8:00.  
To the 30+ people that were not able ot get in. Send us a message letting us know who you were and we will make sure you get in the next one.  

We wanted to send our thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting Irata, Brave Young, and Mariner Fend Martyr.  

Look forward to more of these in the future.

11|19|08 Eye of Ra Video
The Eye of Ra video is almost complete.  We wraped up filming over the weekend. We had the honor of working with the most dedicated and professional crew we have come across. Grisson Davis and Kevin Pojman in association with Mark Wagoner Productions assembled a hell of a kickass film crew and production team.  
This link to Mark Wagoner Production's blog will give you a glimpse into the making of the video for Eye of Ra.  

I speak for the band, this was one of the best experiences to date. We can't wait to see the final product.  
enjoy the pics!

11|03|08 CMJ was a huge success!
We had a great time At the CMJ Music Marathon. As rookies we didn't know what to expect. We spent much of the time meeting and greeting and acting like Rock Stars ie.. signing guitars doing adds for Korg etc...

Thanks to the CMJ Music Marathon Festival for having us.


11|03|08 Irata makes waves in the Big Apple!
This article was written and published for the CMJ Festival Big Apple Music Scene

Click on it and enjoy the article.

10|13|08 CMJ Music Marathon !
We just got the news. We are heading to New York to play one the oldest running and most influencial music festivals in the World!
CMJ Music Marathon

We are playing the Trash Bar in Brooklyn NY. Thursday Oct 23rd 2008!.

Check out tour dates for more specific information.
See you there!

09|16|08 College and University bookings !
We are excited to announce we are working with Sphinx Management Group For our College and University show bookings.

Click on the link  above or in our link section and check them out.

09|10|08 Album Distribution!
We seem to always be excited so here is another milestone to keep us amped up!

We now have online distribution through the following companies.

Itunes USA, UK/Europe, Japan, and Australia
Amazon MP3
Groupie Tunes (ring tones)

The Record Exchange in Winston has also joined on to distribute physical copies.
Visit our link section to get the companies quickly.

Thanks to everyone
and enjoy the music.

09|09|08 Drone Valley Music film and arts festival 2008!
We are getting very excited in anticipation of the best festival we have been honored to play! Last year was awesome to say the least. So we were happy as hell to get asked back.  
We are playing Two nights Friday and Saturday.  Two different sets. Two different culbs.  We are debuting just a glimpse of what our new album will unleash!  

25 bands over three days, four different venues, in Asheville NC! I can't think of a better place to melt faces!  
September 11th - 13th
Tickets online at

08|27|08 Spring/summer tour 2009!
We have some great news! We are in the planning stages of a 2009 tour.  The tour will be in support of our new album due out early 2009.  We hope to hit the East Coast, Deep South and Mid West, especially the cities where our debut album has been charting and spinning well.  We are happy to say there are quite a few options!

Look for dates, Cities and venues coming soon!

08|05|08 College radio play
Our album is doing great on college radio! Below are our current rankings on a few stations that have reported thus far.  
"IRATA" debuted in the top five at two stations!  
#5 WMBR Boston,  Mass.
#7 WQFS, Greensboro
top 13 XMU. XM Radio channel 43
#27 SCAD radio Atlanta
#27 WCVF  NY

Keep requesting Irata on your nearest Local College radio station.

08|01|08 New members of BMI
We are excited to be a part of BMI.

BMI is one of the leading music royalty collection agencies in the U.S.

07|23|08 Irata top 13 on XM Radio
We are exicted and honored to be choosen by Billy Zero as one of his top 13 up and coming artist for the week of July 17th: vol 6,issue 29.  We are being played on XM Radio chanel 43, XMU.  Who would of thought?


The R>A>D>A>R Report
Thursdays - 10 PM ET

Continuing in the XMU - XM 43 tradition, listen for the R>A>D>A>R Report to hear the newest unsigned and independent talent. Every Thursday night, host Billy Zero features 13 bands/artists who are gaining momentum in the music world.

Fridays - 2 PM ET

A Little bit about Billy Zero. He is the program Director for XMU, He is also president of NARAS chapter in Washington DC.(Grammy awards)and founder of DJ Boy Records

07|17|08 web page up and running !
We guess you would know that all ready.  

Thanks for coming in! feel free to rummage around.  Pull up the player on the left and listen to Our Debut Album self titled "IRATA" while you play around on the site.

07|14|08 Irata on the Radio Nation wide
We are being added to playlist of College Radio Stations all across our Nation and Canada.  
Up to 350 Stations will be playing Irata's Debut Album.

Please help support our efforts by calling your favorite station and requesting "Infinite 8" and "Eye of RA" or any of your other favorite songs by Irata.  

If you hear an Irata tune we would love to know it so drop us a line.

06|16|08 New album Jan 2009
We are in the studio for the next two months working on or second album. anticipated release date is Jan 2009.

06|06|08 We are in the news
Check out this months Southeast Performer Magazine.  We have a mention in the news section.

05|29|08 Yes Weekly Band of the week !
Issue May 28th to June 5th. We were graced with the honor of being Yes Weekly's band of the week.  Chosen by the accomplished Heather Mac.

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