The inimitable Irrepressibles are currently on tour! with their show
“NUDE in ELECTRO”. It's an
electronic reimagining of their previous live shows and will be
performed at clubs internationally and across the UK. We caught up with the band while on tour to ask them a few questions, and hear about their new show.
It must be great to hear remixes by the likes of Royksopp. Do you ever hear
remixes of your stuff that you’re not keen on?
No not really I know it sounds rather too easy going but creativity is the
important thing and it's amazingly flattering that someone would take the time
to rework a song I've written and take it into another genre of music or style,
I sometimes even get the chance to re-sing over this and take it even further
away from the original to a different emotion as a vocalist.
so many people in the group, and so much creatively going on, is there ever
conflict of opinion when it comes to your new material?
It sometimes takes a while to prove my new material to my discerning band,
sometimes there are looks of confusion at what I'm trying to do, but they say
that they always like what I eventually create, but that doesn't mean they
might not get it along the way. They are incredibly supportive of me
creatively, I am very grateful to them for this.
Attitude: What are you bringing to your reimagining of your live shows – why
will fans of the live shows love it, and if people haven’t seen you before, how
would you describe yourselves?
It's a high energy show of very eclectic electronic music, with some very
emotional moments for me, there's allot of darkness and sexuality. Sarah
Kershaw is also grinding a Keytar and the boys get sweaty what more a reason do
you need to come and see it? Its definitely visceral.
much input do you guys get into the choreography, and how much rehearsal time
does it take to get everything looking as polished as it does?
I choreograph them at the same time as composing the music but there is a very
personal process of them connecting to the line of the music or the beat that
speaks volumes about their personalities and I am very blessed to be gifted
with such talented performers. It's a bit like being a dancer of any kind, you
learn the process and then express more of yourself than you ever could imagine
of your subconscious. A fan remarked that the focus of one of our drummers the
other day was scary, so intense that he thought he was going to explode,
then he did, but through the drums thankfully.
Attitude When can we expect a new album, and how will it compare to the stuff
we already know?
The record is very different to the first incarnation of The Irrepressibles
with Mirror Mirror. Nude is an album about time and nature, the visceral and
memory, and it deeply focused on sexuality. It's a powerfully homosexual record
that seems to appeal to heterosexuals also with its depiction of the beauty of
raw sexuality and love. There is allot of David Lynch like atmosphere -
reverbed electric guitar, intimate 50's doo-wop style backing vocals fusing
with modern sub bass, 80's electronica, on some tracks with huge growing
organic structures of polyphonic baroque and 30's style orchestrations meets
electronics. I love the way this combination sounds like the sound in a
thunderstorm. Sounds like a heady mix of course but I feel that life and people
are diverse and situations are complex to explain through music.
The new album Nude is released on the 1st October this year, before which we
have a couple more singles and music videos coming... We have a limited edition
version of the album with the music videos we're rolling out over the campaign
available to purchase now on pre-order.
Jamie McDermott of The Irrepressibles
20th JUNE 2012
THE RAINBOW, BIRMINGHAM
21st JUNE 2012
22nd JUNE 2012
THE CLUNY, NEWCASTLE
11th JULY 2012
HOXTON BAR & KITCHEN, LONDON