iOTA is a figure in the Australian arts scene many love, lots don't know, but most would definitely recognise.
He's been around, creating beautiful poetry/ atmospheric music since 1999, but the crazy Doof Warrior from 'Mad Max'? That sad, little drinking piano player in 'The Great Gatsby'? Yup, that's him. iOTA (real name Sean Hape) owned the stage in Adelaide for a one-night only show, showcasing teasers from his new album 'Wolf Number Nine'.
Not wanting to give too much away about the new album, it does differ to his previous work in the best possible way. Watching iOTA is like watching the perfect balance between show tunes and a genuinely solid performer – one who can use a spoon as an instrument for a solo has to be called that. The gig felt like watching someone physically add to the next chapter of their career as they wrap themselves around their mic.
Sexy, but gritty, he commands the stage. Despite following the storytelling of his songs, iOTA's fantastic superman/ insect skeleton bodysuit and headpiece had the audience transfixed, trying to work out what exactly he was trying to be. With sass and a his smooth voice, iOTA is an act that so perfectly suited a venue like the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
The one-time showing was a shame, this show could have had Adelaide eating out the palm of his hand, but its one-night only appeal meant the audience was excited and hanging onto every note he whispered, screamed or winked off stage.
A highlight of the show was when iOTA veered away from his album and performed a cover of Rocky Horror's 'Sweet Transvestite'. We were watching a musical, with iOTA drawing us further down into his rabbit hole. If this gig was anything to go by, 'Wolf Number Nine' is an album you're going to be hearing more about - and for good reason.
iOTA performs Woolly Mammoth 19 March.