Bay area musicians The Ironsides play like 70s soul, conjuring images of blaxploitation film soundtracks with its new single “The Web.” The track is taken from Changing Light the band’s first full-length effort. The music in fact was inspired by the soundtracks and library music of European composers during the ’60s and ’70s.
The Ironsides enlisted the help of Louis Robert King, a New York-based maestro, as co-writer and arranger. King had previously created arrangements for producer/bassist Max Ramey on other projects. Once the tunes were ready to go, the band started contacting the local musicians who would bring them to life. “We hired a group of Bay Area working musicians,” Max explained. “Many of them play a range of music, from jazz to classical, in clubs and orchestras. Using these local musicians was really important to us.” The Ironsides set out to create a collection of lush songs that evoke a diverse range of feelings, emotions, and memories.
Changing Light evokes strong imagery of an open road, a breathtaking view, and scenes of a vast landscape begging to be explored. Cruise up the coast, where sweeping orchestral arrangements rise and fall with the tide. As you head North, the countryside opens to an undeniable groove. Tremolo-soaked guitar tones grow on the vines, and timeless, soulful bass lines flow like wine. In higher altitudes, French horns and trumpets soar like eagles. A river below carries bellowing cello tones through a mountain pass into an expansive canyon. Down in the desert, fuzzed-out electric guitar cuts through the dry heat and leaves the listener thirsty for more.