ISO formed in late 2006 under the name Isochronous and soon became one of the top bands to watch in South Africa. They released their self-titled debut album in 2008 which was distributed through Sony BMG South Africa. Their second acoustic album Imago, was released and distributed independently in 2010.
After touring Germany in 2010 as the opening act for local music icon Marius Müller-Westernhagen, this Pretoria based band confirmed their status as one of the best live acts in South Africa. While participating in a 10 show stadium tour which reported over 100 000 spectators, the group performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Germany whilst receiving great coverage and reviews from the German media and entertainment press. In 2012, they released their Live in Germany DVD of their performance at the 02 World Arena in Berlin.
In 2011, their third album entitled Inscape, followed. The album was recorded at Sound & Motion Studios in Cape Town, and showcases the group’s song writing qualities, whilst continuing to highlight the musicality and technique of its members. Inscape has been described as a refreshing translation of what the group succeeds to create on stage. The power and delicacy of their live performance is matched by the flawless quality of the production on this album.
From Inscape, ISO received their first commercial radio success with hit singles Destiny and Torpid being play listed on national radio stations across SA. Torpid also peaked at nr. 8 on the 5FM Top 40 Chart. ISO was also chosen as one of the winners of the MK MVP in 2011 for a music video for Destiny. The video reached nr. 1 on the MK Top 10 Music Videos Chart, where it stayed for two weeks in a row.
In March 2012, ISO was chosen as one of the opening acts for international band, Two Door Cinema Club, on their first tour to South Africa. With the release of their DVD in June 2012, ISO also did a nationwide tour to promote its release.
In August 2012, together with the release of the first single from their 4th album, NO FIRE, ISO announced that they will from now on be known as ISO instead of Isochronous. Not so much a name change rather than an abbreviation, ISO closed the first chapter of their career and opened a brand new one with their (then) upcoming new album, and saw it as only fitting to re-introduce the band into the music industry as an evolved entity.
September 2012 finally saw the release of PIECE BY PIECE, their latest offering. The album was written in two months and recorded in one month at Nelius Nortje’s studio in Pretoria. The album was produced by Marko Benini and Richard Brokensha from ISO, and mastered by Rogan Kelsey from Lapdust. PIECE BY PIECE comprises of 10 songs and 2 reprises. The album name comes from the fact that ISO recorded the entire album in-house, and felt they needed to take things step-by-step in order to attain a world class product. PIECE BY PIECE signifies the band slowly but surely putting the puzzle pieces together.
The album is more dance orientated than any of ISO’s previous offerings, yet it still contains their signature sound – only more refined and developed. It features an inviting and eclectic mouth-watering mix of dance, rock, pop and indie combining their musicianship and songwriting abilities. ISO celebrated the release of PIECE BY PIECE by doing a nationwide tour in September 2012.