Innerpartysystem

Innerpartysystem

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The origins of Innerpartysystem can be traced in 2002, when drummer Jared Piccone and vocalist Patrick Nissley attended school together in Reading, Pennsylvania, an hour outside of Philadelphia. The town's somewhat bleak, depressed nature (it remains the country's sixth most-dangerous city) eventually inspired the harsh, mechanical tones of the band's current music…although, ironically, the area's local "scene" had little to do with IPS's eventual sound. As the band puts it, "we were the only group in our area experimenting with dance sounds."

The duo started writing songs together, inspired by both by their love of electronic music (The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails) and hardcore punk. Although the intensity of the band, in all its forms, has stayed consistent, the group saw its style begin to morph over time, becoming less "rock" and more digitally based.

Things got serious around 2006. IPS's music started picking up some serious hits on MySpace. Wanting to tour, Piccone and Nissley recruited some new bandmates, including Kris Barman, a former high school friend who had relocated to Florida, and Jesse Cronan, an acquaintance of the band. The addition of these two, who are more apt to play synths than guitars, veered the band further into samples and electronic direction.

Now working as a four-piece, the group all moved into a house together, where they pieced together their own bootleg studio, built a light setup out of scrapwood from Home Depot, and pretty much, as the group puts it, "disowned our rational lives and focused all our time and energy on the band."

During these initial jams, the band's collective mentality began to form. After being forced to change their name from The Takeover, the group started playing around with monikers that came closer to describing both its sound and philosophy. Innerpartysystem, the winning title, was adapted from the George Orwell book "1984" (in that dystopian novel, the Inner Party was one of three classes of people in Oceania; the Party is the highest end of the hierarchy and controls the government, and by extent, the media).

Explains IPS: "As a band, we were fascinated by that concept. It ties into the world of today, the hierarchy of celebrities that people worship." That anti-celeb swipe is most prominent in the searing "Don't Stop," which features Nissley railing against the TMZ-inspired world of fake celebrity. ("I feed the rich and fuck the poor," the frontman chastises over a harsh electro-punk beat.)

For the new record, the band recruited a number of A-level producers and mixers, including Joel Hamilton (Book of Knots, Sparklehorse, Blue Tip), Mark Needham (The Killers, Pete Yorn), Spike Stent (Bjork, Arcade Fire), and Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Jesus & Mary Chain, the Killers), all of whom brought new ideas on sound and instrumentation to the group. Debut full length out 9/9/08 on Island Records.

Congratulations to the winners: Michael Spohn, Susan Chester, Charlotte Clark, Kristen McClary, and Melissa Resnick!