The band's sound is "thick and dynamic," with influences like Phish, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Bruce Hornsby, Rush, and a list that could "go on and on," said Van Leeuwen. The overall sound of iS is made up from styles like groove rock, progressive, funk, bluegrass, jazz, ragtime, and more.
"Seeing a complete show of ours is like going for a ride with lots of diverse scenery," said Van Leeuwen. "We also care very much about the songs we write. The lyrics are relevant and relatable, and the vocals are full of soul. We love the jams, but they wouldn't exist without the songs."
Having the band's CD release party this Saturday is special to iS, said Van Leeuwen, since it was the first venue they played in Plattsburgh a few years ago. It was there they were introduced to what they consider to be a great fan base.
"I think Plattsburgh people are real and hearty, like a good soup," said Van Leeuwen. " We've made some great friends up here and we also find that Plattsburghians dig good music. That's why we drive all this way. It's always a good time."
(Editor's Note: This Saturday's show at the Monopole at 10 p.m. Check out the band's Web site for tour dates and more at www.whatitis.biz.)