IRIS – Out of Fiction

Tour Dates

IRIS are reaching the end of their February tour.  The tour has seen them play venues across the country, supporting their E.P Out of Fiction as well as new material.  Out of Fiction is happily very real and will do all kinds of nice things to your inner jelly.  Signed to Engineer Records anyone that’s seen IRIS live will have seen the strength of their songs, professionalism and performance.

IRIS’s sound is a fusion of passion, energy and emotive riffs.  This exemplified across the six track E.P.  The title track Out of Fiction starts the E.P with energy and urgency.  A fast pace and infectious chorus sweep you along as Out of Fiction charges down your ears.  IRIS’s sound reflects the wide range of influences and continually keeps you on your toes as the band switch the delivery and urgency of the song naturally and seamlessly.  The band continue with the fluid transitions of style and delivery across the E.P.

Adding a bright sound Your Surprize is an energetic and fast paced track.  Vocal harmonies, crisp drumming and intelligent guitars show IRIS’s technical skill as much as their creativity.  The guitars maintain a bright but heavy edge as vocals and drums provide more hooks than a giants curtain rail.   A drum breakdown steals your ears as the song builds back up to a high energy finish.  This heavy and dominant sound is also reflected in Long Walk to Sleep.  The band’s latest video, Long Walk to Sleep hits you instantly with heavy and driving riffs.  More strong drumming adds to this to help carry the chorus and another chorus you’ll begin to sing instantly.   As the track goes into a dark vocal break down you anticipation builds, before Long Walk to Sleep explodes back into life.  The Out of Fiction E.P is a tale of relationships, something everyone can relate to they are driven down to the center of your brain harder than a shot of tequila to the eye by passionate and direct vocals.


IRIS do have a softer side however.  The Shade begins with another emotive riff as strings sound above it.  As the guitars soften, Adam Smart’s vocals have a more delicate feel to them.  These add to the fragile sound of The Shade and show IRIS’s versatility.  As your ears get comfy however The Shade packs a big guitar lead heartfelt chorus, snapping them alert like a dog that’s heard the word walk.   This mostly delicate sound is echoed in the E.P closer Thicker Than Water.  An acoustic track, clear guitars complement tender vocals.  Despite being an acoustic track Thicker Than Water picks up intensity as it continues.  Despite working acoustically when played live on electric guitar it will still sound all kinds of good.

On an E.P of strong songs Lie To Me shines a little brighter.  Aggressive from the start; riffs, drums and vocals conspire to create a louder and pounding monster of a track.  Lie To Me flies out your speakers as one more vocal breakdown breaks the track into a new urgency.  Even with thirty seconds to go the track reaches a new level of energy and determination as everything turns up and vocals become screams.

IRIS have a dynamic and versatile sound which will press all the right buttons in your brain.  This E.P promises big things of new material to come.  See them and hear them.  You know it makes sense.  Scroll down to see the new video to Long Walk to Sleep.  See live photography links from IRIS’s last Canterbury gig below.

Image by GIGgle Pics / Sarah Quinn.

Image by GIGgle Pics / Sarah Quinn.

IRIS on Facebook / IRIS’s Music

Engineer Records on Facebook

IRIS Photography from GIGgle Pics

David Horn

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The Banned Reviews Takeover 24/02/13

So, last night happened.  An hour of big local music from bands across Kent and a few cheeky extras (the best kind).  We have to be honest, it did some nice things to us.  With new material from Crashgate and The Black Waterside we enjoyed it a lot.  Check out all the acts we played live, they’re all kind of awesome.

Track Listing:

Stone Kings – Psycadelic Lady / On Facebook

Tank Trap – Shot Down / On Facebook

IRIS – Long Walk to Sleep / On Facebook

Riskee and the Ridicule – King of the Dole / On Facebook

The Doctorates – Don’t Stop / On Facebook

Andy Robinson – Louder (DJ Fresh Cover)

Elle Rayenne – De-Construction / On Facebook

Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers – Faceache (No Money) / On Facebook

The Black Waterside – Ole Death / On Facebook

Crashgate – As One / On Facebook

Mr Beanie (Rebirth Records) – Deep n Tech Mix / On Facebook

Pawse – Contact / On Facebook

Kilo Kish – Navy / On Facebook


Left Of The Right Side Play Their Last Gig

Last night (Tuesday 19/02/13) Left of the Right Side played their last gig.  Playing alongside IRIS, Wheres Billy and Escape the Ocean the band.  Their last gig happened at The Beer Cart Arms in Canterbury, it was put together and run by Below the Radar Events and Promotions.  Left of the Right Side had this to say after the event:

Thank you so much to every fan, friend, promoter and band that has supported us over the last few years. We’ve had an amazing time, and I’m glad we ended with such a great gig – what a brilliant crowd!

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Despite ending as a band Left of the Right Side are releasing one more song to join tracks such as Skyward.  Despite being a sad day for the Kent music scene we look forward to hearing future musical projects from all members of the band.  Keep up to date with Left of the Right Side for more news on new material.  Find a link to Skyward under Related Posts below

Photography from Their Last Gig

Left of the Right Side on Facebook

Below the Radar Events and Promotions on Facebook

David Horn

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YaMaHaRaHaRA, IRIS, Left of the Right Side and Atlantica at The Bar Below, Folkestone : 26/01/13

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Buzz, buzz, buzz.  Don’t worry it’s not an angry bee; but it was the atmosphere at The Bar Below, Folkestone on Saturday.  Organised by YaMaHaRaHaRa and run by Below the Radar Events and Promotions four big Kent bands took to the stage for YaMaHaRaHaRa’s comeback gig.  Alongside YaMaHaRaHaRa’s  highly anticipated return were Atlanica, Left of the Right Side and IRIS.  All three bands gave the night more support than a super effective push up bra as it built to its close.

First up to kick out some energy across the Bar Below were Atlantica.  As their set began, the lights went dark and a thought-provoking intro sailed across the Bar Below, and then as the drums kicked in the band and helpfully the lights exploded into life.  There and Back Again started the bands set and showcased the bands sound.  Atlantica also showed their experimental side.  I know what you’re thinking, and no there was no hardcore/jazz fusion.  There was however a new addition to the bands set up with vocalist Elliot Dixon using a delay pedal.  The result was some occasionally funny and often genius vocal effects.  Elliot showed his prowess as a front man with a variety of poses and even the occasional crowd invasion,  all accompanied by many facial expressions.    Carried by a tight band, the set even featured guest vocals from Cairn Livingstone.  The set ended with a not yet perfected but entertaining cover of Rise Against’s Prayer of the Refugee.

Image by Sarah Quin / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Following this was Left of the Right Side.  They filled the Bar Below with a rock vibe and captured the audience’s attention once more.  Left of the Right Side delivered another strong performance as even guitarist Shaun Taylor made it out on to the floor.  Despite a few beers vocalist Rich Packman put in an active performance.  Despite some vocal issues he carried off the heavy aspects of the tracks, Left of the Right Side continually getting a big cheer from the audience.  Whether you were at the front of the stage or giving the bar some love, the bands strong and accomplished playing bounced around the room and didn’t fail to impress.  Not to be out done by Atlantica, their set even featured its own addition.  YaMaHaRaHaRa’s guitarist had a brief moment of pretend guitar playing on Shaun Taylor’s guitar as he was playing it.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Engineer Records’ IRIS took the role of main support and didn’t disappoint.  IRIS filled the stage with a big presence and sent sounds cartwheeling across the room.  The  band sounded on top form as they delivered a professional set whilst also evidently highly enjoying what they do.  Playing tracks from their last release Out of Fiction and some new songs IRIS worked the crowd repeatedly.  They even nobly sacrificed their bassist to start a pit, as he jumped into the crowd still playing.  The alt. rockers filled the room with energy from the YaMaHaRaHaRa merch clad front man through to the drummer with an impressively versatile face.  More interactive than an iPhone swearing at you whilst shooting angry birds at your face, IRIS left their mark on you.  Either directly via their bassist or just with big sounds climbing down your ears.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Finally it was time.  YaMaHaRaHaRa took to the stage making Below the Radar’s booking manager Andrew Kesby and a room full of people very happy.  Equally happy to be back YaMaHaRaHaRa delivered a powerful set.  Jokey and friendly between songs, the band then exploded in a frenzy of noise, before ending the song and asking for shots.  A bit like a friendly but thirsty volcano might.  The crowd reacted well to YaMaHaRaHaRa, enjoying and moving rhythmically, dancing?, to the music.  They commented on how nice it was to see old and new faces.  Any new faces however might have had a slight shock as front lady Kate Wintie detonated in their ears.  The whole band played a kinetic and tight set.  YaMaHaRaHaRa went for it so much that at the end of the set they were exhausted.  During the final few songs Kate could be seen laying on her keyboard whilst the band’s drummer sat motionless on the floor when the band finished.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

YaMaHaRaHaRa ended the night in a big way but were ably supported by the performances before them.  As comeback shows go it was pretty big.   See all these bands where ever you can!  Scroll right down to the bottom for one more photo!

David Horn

Band/Promoter/Photography Links:

Below the Radar Events and Promotions

GIGgle Pics on Facebook / GIGgle Pics Blog / Full Photo Album


Left of the Right Side

IRIS / Engineer Records


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Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

YaMaHaRaHaRa Are Back

After a year long hiatus the Folkestone based YaMaHaRaHaRa are back.  Playing energetic and strong post hardcore rock the band have come back with a bang, with a return gig set for the 26th January.  Playing alongside IRIS, Left of the Right Side and Atlantica the band’s popularity was proven with over 90 confirmed attendants in four days.  When the YaMaHaRaHaRa announced their return they said they were “Thrilled to be back, and cannot wait to see you all again.”

Made up of  Kate Wintie, Andy Wintie, James Kemp and Richard Russel, YaMaHaRaHaRa released their self titled three track E.P available for free from their Bandcamp profile.  Coinciding with their return YaMaHaRaHaRa have also announced the recording of new material.  After several high profile break ups at the end of last year this is a positive change for 2013.

YaMaHaRaHaRa on Facebook

YaMaHaRaHaRa on Bandcamp

David Horn

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