Jodis were Nearly Fronted by Uncontrollable Bulgarian
Chances are, you haven’t heard of Jodis yet. The band features James Plotkin and Tim Wyskida from Khanate and Isis frontman Aaron Turner. The band’s new album, ‘Secret House,’ drops Oct. 27, but isn’t for everybody. The music would best be described as moody prog. Plotkin has, himself, described it as “a modern exploration of restrained sonic minimalism and tonal, textural density … [that] recalls a void, a shore-less pit, a slow nihilistic decent into absolute blankness.”
Like we said … it’s not for everybody. And that’s cool by Jodis (pronounced Joe-Diss), who’re named after a moth found largely in Europe. “I don’t make music for anybody other than myself,” Plotkin tells Noisecreep. “I play what I like. If other people can catch on to it, that’s fine, but if not, I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. It’s the same thing with the other guys. If we were making music for other reasons, beyond pleasing ourselves, we’d be a lot more successful than we are. Its definitely a selfish, selfish thing for me, making music.”
The earliest beginnings of Jodis, who are planning extensive touring for 2010, date back two years, to when Plotkin and Wyskida started working on new music, with no serious expectations for what might happen to it. In time, Plotkin got Turner involved.
“I’ve wanted to do something with Aaron in a band format in the past, because I’ve worked with him in Lotus Eaters and done stuff with Isis in the past, and I had a bunch of recordings we were working on, and we figured it needed a third element,” he says. “We figured it would be a perfect match-up, and it worked out effortlessly.”
For a while, though, Plotkin and Wyskida toyed with the idea of working with a friend of there’s who is Bulgarian. Of course, they thought better of it.
“He’s wanted to do vocals in a band for a while, but I didn’t think his vocals would fit with the music,” Plotkin says, before getting to the real reason. “I didn’t want to have to bail him out of jail every night, because he’s pretty extreme. There would certainly have been conflicts with the crowd. I could almost guarantee 99.9 percent that each show would have ended in violence and arrests. We weren’t sure that was the right way to go. But hey, there’s always other projects.”
When asked if he was worried some people might assume his band’s named after a woman, and thus call them Jodies, he didn’t seem too worried.
“It’s better than having people say Chianti or Kahane,” he explains, referencing his long-defunct band Khanate. “People used to think we were Connie. Does it look like its spelled Connie? Jodis will be a little easier for people, I think.”