Music

I1

When: Fri., Nov. 9 2012

Brandon Burke, the lead guitarist for up-and-coming Holy City hard rockers I1, looks to Mike Patton for inspiration, and rightfully so. The former frontman for Mr. Bungle and singer for the newly reunited Faith No More, Patton is not only one of the most prolific artists in the biz, he is arguably the most diverse around, tackling everything from metal to hip-hop to orchestral music to Italian love ballads to cartoon pop to an entire album of growls, grunts, and gargles. "Patton can take it in many different directions," Burke, a.k.a. Mr. Herke says. A similar love of diversity can be found on the tracks that I1 have just laid down. There's the slinky jammer "Explaining Myself" and the sinister swing of "Kerrified" and the Bungle-meets-the Doors circus rocker "March of the Clowns," for example. The boys in I1 — Adam Daniel (vocals), Mike Jones (bass), Eric Robertson (drums), and Burke — have only been together six months but they currently have at least 13 songs under their belt. Most are similar to more traditional hard rockers — the guys' chief inspiration is the early '90s Seattle scene — but, Burke says, quite a few tap into a particular Patton-esque carnival craziness. Who knows exactly what direction I1 will take, but they could be on the verge of establishing themselves as one of the Holy City's most eclectic bands.—Chris Haire

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