Ian voted Best Discovery of 2013 in the Nanobot Rock Reviews Year end Poll!! http://nanobotrock.com/other/4528 . Nanobot Rock Reviews reviewed 120 albums in 2013, and the fans voted Ian as the #1 Discovery of The Year for the Human Casualty Album, an accomplishment Ian is very proud of. Thanks to all the fans who voted!!
Digital Album "Human Casualty" Released June 11, 2013 and is now available at Amazon and Itunes. Limited Edition Physical CD's Available Through BandCamp Check it out today!!
Here are some recent reviews....
"Ian James is the musician’s musician. He is everything Clear Channel will not play. He is the guy who, years from now will be acknowledged as an influence of some mainstream success to which everyone will run out and collect his tracks claiming they knew of him when.
Ian James embodies progressive experimental rock with enough tenacity to maintain a grasp on reality and he is sure to turn a few heads. In the seemingly never-evolving world of big names being force-fed by big labels, a sound like Human Casualty is audible ipecac; it will cleanse you of the toxins you’ve been stomaching for all these years. It holds the power to wake you up from the Kubrickian nonsense; you just need to let it happen my brothers.
At this rate, he is building the groundwork for nothing short of an underground treasure".
-Greg, Nanobot Rock Reviews, March 2013
As a solo artist and one man band he expertly navigates the dangers that such an endeavor usually entails. It quickly envelops the mind and throws the listener back through time when the magical Wall of Voodoo paved the way for acts such as The Cure. But he never goes the new wave route; he stays on the psychedelic rock road that uses guitars as weapons and words with deadly precision. He means what he sings and he sings what he feels that needs to be sung. After a few spins the rhythm box becomes the hypnotic lizard nod in your brainstem and his voice the tongue that licks your cerebellum…
-JK, Stoner Hive Music Blog , May 2013
Ian James’s latest release Human Casualty is one fun album. James has a pop sensibility that gives his songs a cool urgency. James is certainly onto a new, fun, catchy sound. His beats, grooves, and electric guitar flourishes combine into something that just might go beyond an underground cult following if the music buying public opens its mind at this time and James plays it well.
- Bill Copeland, Bill Copeland Music News, July 2013
This sounds like the type of music that vampires listened to back when they were badasses, not broody pretty boys. At the very least, Ian James doesn’t make music that should be listened to during the daytime. A veteran of punk bands like Chanticlear, James has moved a few years forward on the musical timeline, making music that recalls ’80s British post-punk. Both the sound of his voice and the dark feel of the music recall a slightly peppier Joy Division. For the most part, there’s an urgency and tension to the music that keep things fresh. There are a few missteps, though. The pseudo-rap on “Getting in My Way” makes Geddy Lee’s rapping on “Roll the Bones” sound like Chuck D. Overall, it’s a solid choice for your friends with rainy outlooks. - The Noise-Boston, September 2013, Kevin Finn