|Ipanema were formed in early 02 from the debris of Farnborough band turned globe trotters mega city 4. Wiz, the brains of the rock trio has toured the world more than once, and after the MC4 split joined the infamous Canadian group the Doughboys. Other appearances have included opening on stage with therapy? and playing guitar for neds atomic dustbin.
The first Ipanema single Je Suis un Baseball Bat/Skull was recorded and produced by Chris Potter at Metropolis studios in London Spring 03, and released on Boss Tuneage both in the UK and Japan.
The Mini Album me me me was recorded early 2005, released on Boss Tuneage UK/Japan, Underhill Records (Spain). Released September 05.
With the first track, Je Suis Un Baseball Bat, the riffs are practically heavy enough to knock you over, but the hooks are just as bountiful
It mixes melody with aggression
the guitars are positively mean, leaping out of the stereo with the same genius combination of punk and metal that have made bands from Mud honey to Mannequin make me want to wet my pants.
April 05 and the recording and mixing finally take place at Stakeout Studios (www.stakeoutstudios.com) in Sunbury with Jason Wilcock (producer of the 1st Reuben album) at the controls.
May 05 sees the completion of me me mereleased early September UK, Japan and Spain. The scorching 6 song salvo is also supported by a special video film to accompany lead track NERVOSA.
Ipanema has taken many forms over the years, with real life commitments dragging members kicking and screaming back to the real world. Yet at the helm Wiz the vocalist and guitarist has held the songs strongly in his grasp, ever improving them with each change of lineup.
Finally settled into a groove Ipanema attacked North England Aug 05, France and Spain Nov 05, Scotland Feb 06, and were back in France for an extended visit Apr 06. This coincided with a track release on French magazine Rocksound, and also a track featuring on the latest XBOX 360 game MotoGP2006 (release May 06)
A visit to the State side (USA) Sept 06, as well as Ireland (UK) and Spain are all planned before the year is out, as well as an epic album to compliment the initial mini album release.