Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Angie McMahon, Meg Mac, Dream Wife


band members

Ashley Iona, John Romeo, Neel Shukla


Influences

Florence and The Machine, Dream Wife, Radiohead, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Eva Cassidy


Website

www.ashleyiona.com

Bio

Welcome to my leaving party. I'm leaving. It's been wild. I've crowded 30 houses, packed them up each year, full of misadventures strange nights and tears. I wanna tell these stories, I can't help how it sounds. Show+tell seems so petty but writing these songs has kept my feet on this ground. I was tricked into believing that time was slipping away, that I should be something bigger, better, have something #more to say. Call it growth or call it telling all that to just F-off. I couldn't give a fuck if these old rich men don't like what I've got. I wrote these songs for people, for someone like me who needed a new start, trying to get old rid of grips on my heart. Or maybe it's those nights when you think you can't go on & you start counting all the seconds, wishing they'd all be gone. I'm sending this to him or her & saying you're not alone & whatever little seed I plant, it grows & grows & grows. Because I might be done with the bullshit, but this isn't the end of my song.

After her debut IONA EP in 2016, Ashley Iona has been writing for Anjunabeats artist Sunny Lax, who she met while touring and opening for Sjzerdene in London. After a sync with MTV on the Season finale of their show Scream and a writing project underway, she moved back home to Sydney in 2017 and began writing new music and developing her live show Electric Sets with local guitarist John Romeo. Electric Sets became the inspiration behind Leaving, developing and discovering the sound as she was playing the songs
for the first time.

As a student of The University Of Sydney, currently studying Speech Pathology, Ashley was recently chosen as a finalist for the National UniSounds Competition. There were 150 entrants and over 3000 votes from industry professionals to earn one of
the six places in the finale. She also received 4000 votes, across three tracks, from the public vote. Collaborating with recent Sydney College of the Arts graduate Harry Klein to create the music video, once again Ashley wanted to create a duality between feeling trapped and escaping. “I had this image of being a dark space, so you could barely see me. The video is an intimate journey through that dark place.”

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

17 Oct 2018

Triple J
30

Smokey bar room music with a wood-whiskey voice.

Smokey bar room music with a wood-whiskey voice.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

15 Oct 2018

Triple J
35

There's a fire burning beneath this moody tune. Ashley's voice thumps out the emotion and the guitars crackle away with flames.

There's a fire burning beneath this moody tune. Ashley's voice thumps out the emotion and the guitars crackle away with flames.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

11 Oct 2018

Triple J
30

Dark and lots of maturity in the vocals, with a splash of sweetness.

Dark and lots of maturity in the vocals, with a splash of sweetness.