Recommended if you like: My Bloody Valentine, Catherine Wheel, Cocteau Twins, Highspire, Chapterhouse, Slowdive, Adorable, Swervedriver
Playing at the Rock-it Room in San Francisco on July 13th.
Chris DeBrizzio from Airiel emailed me and said that this show is canceled and they are trying to reschedule a show for the 14th. Venue is unknown at this time. I’ll post here when I hear something.
Formed in ’97 by Jeremy Wrenn, it was initially a solo project supported by various drum machines. However, he had dreams of entertaining the masses located outside of the confines of his bedroom, so he drafted local music scene veterans Cory Osborne and John Rungger on bass and drums. But the heady mélange was not completed until guitarist Chris De Brizzio entered the fray.
Many bands today are an exercise in minimalism, stripping everything down to the bone and sinew. Airiel takes a different approach. Injecting their well-crafted songs with enough effects to level a small village, they stretch and expand the sonic boundaries of the genre until the listener is completely deluged by an aural wave of reverb, distortion and sweat. They are advancing the art of sheer sonic energy while utilizing the power of a good melody to provide a basis for the effects, never forgetting the innate human desire to shake one’s ass. In short, it’s loud, it’s beautiful, and you can dance to it.
Airiel released a series of 4-song EP’s titled Winks & Kisses. The EP’s were also sold as a limited edition box set, capturing the evolution of Airiel into its current form. In June of 2005 Airiel released their newest EP. This self-titled EP further illustrates Airiel’s ever-evolving sound and provides a glimpse at their promise with blistering waves of gorgeous guitars, kinetic drum beats and soaring vocal harmonies. The group was also asked to contribute to several international compilation cds, including the “Never Lose That Feeling” compilation by Club AC30(UK).
Now with Highwheel Records, the band has put together The Battle of Sealand, a mind-blowing full length album, capturing the raw energy that the band produces live, in 11 tracks of sonic bliss. Utilizing video projection (courtesy of Arturo Valle of Panic Films) and amps that go up to eleven, they are able to win hearts and minds even in the most hostile of hipster po-mo environments. In addition to playing such local Chicago landmarks as the Double Door, Empty Bottle, and The Metro, they have begun plying their trade farther afield. In 2005, they embarked on their first tour of the East Coast, hitting New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and points in between. Airiel has also opened for some high-profile acts, including The Dears, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Annuals, Snowden and Voxtrot.
“Dynamic, genre-defying act from ambitious local label Highwheel Records”
– SPIN MAGAZINE
“Since starting earlier this decade Airiel have developed a great Ride-esque dynamic interplay between instruments and a keen sense of songwriting, that allows their songs to stand side by side with the groups that inspired them.”
– LOSING TODAY
“Is Airiel actually from Chicago? You wouldn’t know it from their sound, which leans walls of My Bloody Valentine guitars against melodies plucked from the late-80’s wave of Manchester pop. Top it off with trippy visuals projected during their performances and you’ve got a group unafraid to bring theatricality back to the scene.”
“Airiel continues to impress me with every release. This self-titled, self-released disc is amazingly well produced and the song writing of the band has gotten even better. There is more of a live feel on this disc and Jeremy Wrenn’s vocals have gotten better since the completion of their Winks and Kisses box set. Hailing from Chicago and now composed of Jeremy Wrenn, Cory Osborne, John Runnger, and Zeeshan Abbasi, Airiel has started to become a force in this generation of shoegaze aficionados.”
“How is the music, you ask? Masterpieces of swirling guitar work the likes of which have not been seen since Kitchens of Distinction called it a day. Yeah, this is good stuff.”
“What more do you want from a band? Buy it and be seduced forever. With vocals like these you really want to believe in rock ‘n’ roll and the human race again.”
- Cinnamon —- from the Airiel EP
- Kiss Me Slowly —- from the Winks & Kisses: Frosted EP
- Stratosphere —- from the Winks & Kisses: Dizzy EP
- Firefly — from the Winks & Kisses: Melted EP
- Airtight Angels — from the Winks & Kisses: Crackled EP
my recommended track
- The Christmas Colors limited edition 3″ CD is now available online
- No. 1 Firefly (demo)
- No. 2 Cobalt (demo)
- No. 3 Cinnamon (demo)