Bands to watch #53: The Irrepressibles

By on Friday, 12th December 2008 at 4:24 pm

Irrepressibles album coverI’m not going to lie to you. I don’t know what to make of The Irrepressibles. One part of me just wants to love them, shout from the rooftops my love for them, such is their sheer creative genius. On the other hand, another part of me just wants to whack them for being so overly arty-farty.

The facts: The Irrepressibles are a 10-piece orchestra of artists/musicians led by composer & artist Jamie McDermott. Using film, real-time collaboration with painters and makeup artists, avant-garde costume, set and dance, the collective have created visions of extraordinary worlds. Their ‘performance art pop’ has been performed at Tate Britain, The Hackney Empire and The Roundhouse, and has garnered reviews from the Sunday Times (“an enchantingly theatrical pop extravaganza”) and BBC 6 music (“Jamie McDermott is an amazingly talented and emotive vocalist”).

However, there’s just a part of me that doesn’t “get” it.

It’s not something that’s just a bit crazy and left of center (like Arcade Fire). It’s just, well, one of those late night things done by some bored students that seemed like a good idea at the time, but taken a bit too far for my liking… you may disagree, but that’s how I see it!

They release a 7 track CD/DVD package “From the Circus to the Sea” in collaboration with ‘backwards motion’ film maker and winner of the IMZ best choreography on screen award Shelly Love. Available from the 12th January as a CD and DVD package through mail-order and select shops across Europe, you can have a listen and decide for yourself!

What do you think of The Irrepressibles? Wander on over to their MySpace profile, have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments section below…

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