Isochronous (band)

ISO, formerly known as Isochronous[1] is a rock band from Pretoria, South Africa. The group was formed in November 2006 by members Richard Brokensha, Marko Benini, Franco Schoeman and Alex Parker.

ISO (Isochronous)
OriginPretoria, South Africa.
GenresProgressive rock, art rock, electronic rock
Years active2006–present
MembersRichard Brokensha
Nicholas McCreadie
Franco Schoeman
Alex Parker

For almost a decade since their inception in 2006, ISO has been at the top of their game on the forefront of the South African music scene.

The evolution of ISO has been staggering both locally and internationally. This prog rock band has gained respect and recognition with their unique music and inspiring live performances in an industry that has quickly elevated them to a well respected group with an enviable reputation in the circuit. With an impressive live show that incorporates the latest in sound and lighting technologies, ISO has been recognised as a world class act by critics and the press in general.

With 5 studio offerings, a live DVD and an iBook (a first for a South African band) to their name, the band previously known as Isochronous, have reinvented themselves time and time again to stay relevant to local and international audiences.


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 has been described as a refreshing translation of what the group succeeds to create on stage. Destiny and Torpid brought commercial success with the singles 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 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.

September 2012 saw the release of Piece by Piece. No Fire, the first single from the album, went on to receive extensive airplay on national and regional radio stations across South Africa and reached nr. 2 on the 5FM Top 40 Chart. Everytime followed as second single, and reached nr. 7 on the 5FM Top 40 and also nr. 1 on UCT Radio, KovsieFM and PukFM. The band released Heaven as third single in April 2013, and it also reached nr. 1 on UCT Radio and KovsieFM within the first few weeks since its release.

The band also received a MK Award Nomination for Best Group for their music video Destiny in February 2013 and performed at the prestigious award ceremony on 24 March 2013.

In July 2013, the band recorded a single with JR entitled ‘Death By Designer’ for the 5FM MashLab feature, which was subsequently play listed on 5FM. July also saw the release of their music video for Heaven, as well as an iBook entitled ‘ISO Discography’ – a first for a South African band.

ISO released a brand new single, Never Going Back, in February 2014, the first single from their EP, Passages, released in March 2014. The band decided on an EP this time around, because they wanted to give people something which is easier to consume. ISO recorded the EP with producer Peach van Pletzen at Sleeproom Studios in Pretoria over a period of four weeks in 2013.

Early 2015, the band announced the departure of drummer Marko Benini from the band, and soon after Nick Mc Creadie joined the band as new drummer. ISO then went into studio to record their 6th album "Polydimension" before taking a break from the touring circuit.

Band membersEdit

  • Richard Brokensha - Lead vocals and guitars
  • Marko Benin - Drums and vocals (until 2015)
  • Nicholas McCreadie - Drums and vocals
  • Franco Schoeman - Bass guitar and vocals
  • Alex Parker - Keyboards and vocals



  • Isochronous (LP,2008)
  • Imago (LP, 2010)
  • Inscape (LP, 2011)
  • Piece by Piece (LP, 2012)
  • Passages (EP, 2014)
  • Polydimension (LP, 2016)
Isochronous performing at Olympiahalle, Munich. 11 October 2010.


Year Single Album
2008 Beauty Queen Isochronous
2010 The Tempest Imago
2010 The Curve Imago
2010 Oxygen Inscape
2011 Destiny Inscape
2013 No Fire Piece by Piece
2013 Everytime Piece by Piece
2014 Heaven Piece by Piece
2016 Rabbit Hole Polydimension
2016 State of Blue Polydimension


Music videosEdit

Year Song Director
2009 Beauty Queen Brett De Vos
2009 The Tempest Brett De Vos
2010 The Curve Brett De Vos
2010 Oxygen Fausto Becatti
2012 Destiny Willem Grobler
2012 No Fire Louis Minaar
2013 Heaven Dave de Gasperi
2014 Never Going Back Ryan Kruger
2014 Give me something to believe in Dirk Boshoff
2016 State of Blue Cremer van dango
2017 From the Skyline Dizzy Khaki


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